Wallrock R300 – decorator’s review

Wallrock R300 – decorator’s review
About the reviewer: Wallpapering, painting, restoration – Andy is a true expert in his field (completed City & Guilds Advanced Craft) and offers advice on a wide range of decorating issues – check out his website for tips and useful advice.

Do you strip that 70’s woodchip and hope for the best, or go the German route and paper straight over the top of it with high-tech fleece backed Wallrock R300 Liner from MAV?

Cost

The R300 option is heavy on material and lighter on labour, whereas stripping and lining is high on labour with minimal material costs. On balance, I would say the cost is very similar when accounting for labour and materials. (DIY, ignore labour costs!) I think I paid about £130 for the materials to paper over a woodchipped ceiling 12 x 12, with a bit of paper and paste left over.

It would take about a day to strip, prep and line a ceiling with normal lining paper.

One needs to consider the state of the surface under the current layer of woodchip / old wallpaper and what might be required to get it ready for lining paper.

Convenience

The biggest advantage of the heavy duty fleece-backed liners is cleanliness and efficiency. No stripping or filling to be done, and a minimum of sanding to rough up the surface. In a lot of environments, this is a great bonus.

Ease of Application

On walls, I can see nothing but advantages for the 1m wide liner. Papering ceilings, I am pretty fearless, but I must admit I (and my patience) was on the limit when handling the metre Wallrock R300 Liner on my own. It is paste-the- wall liner, but still!

Lining walls with R300 Liner is doable by one person, but ceilings are a challenge even when using normal width lining paper so with 1 m wide liner this is a challange. Always get another person when covering ceilings.

 

Final Finish

The 75cm wide Wallrock Premium lining paper for the plaster-smooth finish over the liner was more straightforward. But all quite demanding compared to standard lining papers that 56cm wide.

Andy has opted to use Wallrock Premium on top of R300 Liner to achieve plaster like finish, but Wallrock R300 Liner can be painted without the need to cover it with anything else. More about it here.

 

Aesthetics

If you give woodchip a quick sanding with an orbital sander, the thick 1.2 mm Wallrock R300 Liner work really well to produce a flat surface in return for minimal graft. On the other hand, if the woodchip strips off easily, after a quick fill and sand with an orbital sander, a good 1400 grade lining paper or Wallrock Fibreliner or Wallrock Premium could give the same appearance. (You only know which was the best choice in hindsight, of course!)

And the winner is…

On balance, you have to specify the product and system suited best to the occasion. There is no point using Wallrock R300 Liner willy nilly – especially think twice if faced with curvy surfaces and do not underestimate the trickery required to hang 1m wide paper on a ceiling on your own!

On the other hand, the conventional 1200 / 1400 grade lining paper or Wallrock Fibreliner approach sometimes works perfectly on surfaces that strip off nicely and hold intact.

So it is a judgement call, and only experience can help.

3 comments

  1. Thanks for posting my review and your additional comments are excellent perspective.

    To back up about choosing the time and place to best use MAV R300, wallrock etc:

    In a room thatis going to be wallpapered, I cross lined over a badly gouged standard height flat wall today with R300, and it has covered every defect competely, and was a joy to use.

    On a newly plastered wall in the same room, we used the MAV paste-the-wall lining paper. It compares to about 1000 grade, and in this situation, it too was a joy to use. (It would not have eradicated the imperfections on the wall where we used the R300.)

    On the ceiling, I am going to be hanging the Thermal liner over a “bobble” patterned painted anaglypta, and I expect that to deliver a flat finish – flatter than the R300 would give.

    So if you have a stock of different papers and the excellent adhesives, you can pretty much deal with lining each part of a room according to its condition.

  2. I have just used wall rock kv600 in a very damp room and the glue won’t dry , any tips ?

    • OnWall

      Hi Teresa,

      How long ago did the KV600 go up on the wall? It typically takes at least 24 to 48 hours before everything dries – especially in this weather. What worries me is ‘a very damp room’. Was it condensation or rising / penetrating damp? If the latter KV600 wasn’t the right product or if you were planning for it to be just a temporary solution you should’ve used Wallrock DampStop foil first. If the wall was damp from condensation you should’ve dried the wall as much as possible before hanging KV600 Thermal Liner – or anything else for that matter.

      OnWall

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