Wallrock R300 – decorator’s review
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.