Does trunking need to be removed before papering a wall?

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Found 12th Feb
I'm going to be papering my sitting room shortly. I have gas central heating and besides the trunking running around the skirting boards (just above it for gas pipes and electric cables), I also have two pieces of trunking (one piece once inch wide and the other 3 inches wide) running down one wall from the ceiling to the skirting. Do I just paper up to the edges of these two pieces of trunking (it is a floral, patterned wallpaper), or can they be removed/loosened so that the paper can tuck away underneath the trunking to get a nicer edge, and then stuck/screwed back down again? As regards the trunking just above the skirting boards, I'm not too sure how this has been stuck down - can this be loosened as well, paper tucked underneath and then put back? All of the trunking is white, but is it able to be painted - only asking as the wallpaper is going to be mainly grey and black (a small amount of white) - thought it might blend in a bit better then? I'm assuming that people do not actually paper over trunking that runs down from the ceiling to the skirting boards? Thank you.

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Usually the trunking is either of the self adhesive kind or it will be plugged and screwed. Either way you should be able to tuck the wallpaper underneath it just enough so you can't see it. Best not to paper over it either otherwise should you have a leak it will have to be taken off.

entirely up to you, it will blend in more if papered over, the existing trunking could either be screwed or stuck with self adhesive sticky pad which comes pre stuck to the back of the trunking on more modern trunking. if you take it off its highly likely the sticky will not stick anymore depending on your wall surface.

have you thought about chasing in the wires running down to switch as wallpaper will cover any signs of plastering,as for trunking ground level as suggested best to unclip front of trunking exposing (hopefully screws)loosening,tucking wallpaper behind then tightening back to wall leave them natural as will not be noticeable as below eyeline

We have an older house and the covers are so well stuck down it would take chunks of plaster off if we removed them , so the ones covering electrical wires are wallpapered over, and as such you don't notice them at all. it all depends how much damage you will do removing them . I felt that the likelihood of needing to remove them was relatively small hence covering them up , I did buy extra wallpaper though in case I ever need to replace a strip, but I do this with all the rooms anyway as you never know when you might need to repaper a small part, it's saved me redecorating whole rooms many a time before.
Edited by: "tinkerbellian" 12th Feb

are u a very good wallpaper hanger if not I wouldn't bother doing anything to it just leave it as is and wallpaper upto the trunking not worth all the hassle of taking it off and all that.

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The thicker trunking is covering a gas pipe and the thinner one is for the electricity. I'm not too sure about papering over the electrical one, in case there is a problem later. How about painting over these two (and leaving the ones around the skirting board white) - seeing that the wallpaper is mainly grey and black (with a small amount of white) - I thought maybe painting them a light grey, however, does anybody know if a normal emulsion paint will coat trunking alright?

Will be easiest to just paper over them and it will camouflage them. If you need to get into them in the future, just cut along the edge with a stanley knife.

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dereklogan7

Will be easiest to just paper over them and it will camouflage them. If … Will be easiest to just paper over them and it will camouflage them. If you need to get into them in the future, just cut along the edge with a stanley knife.



The wider one (gas pipe inside) feels warm to the touch - will the wallpaper paste and paper actually stick to it if it is warm, or will it stay tacky? Also,on one side of the gas trunking (where it meets both sides of the wall), there is a gap of around 4 mm wide (depth 1 inch), would this gap have to be filled with something first before papering over it? Thank you.

Think it should be okay. Just paper over the gap without filling, as long as no-one is going to stick their fingers through it.

Sophiasky

The wider one (gas pipe inside) feels warm to the touch - will the … The wider one (gas pipe inside) feels warm to the touch - will the wallpaper paste and paper actually stick to it if it is warm, or will it stay tacky? Also,on one side of the gas trunking (where it meets both sides of the wall), there is a gap of around 4 mm wide (depth 1 inch), would this gap have to be filled with something first before papering over it? Thank you.



​Gas pipes aren't warm! You say you have gas central heating so the pipes will have hot water in them!

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craigstephens

​Gas pipes aren't warm! You say you have gas central heating so the pipes … ​Gas pipes aren't warm! You say you have gas central heating so the pipes will have hot water in them!



Sorry, of course you're right. Anyway, will the paper stick/dry ok to this one? Thank you.

I papered over mine easily enough. As someone else said, if you ever need to get into it just run a Stanley blade down the join. I have normal wallpaper in my bathroom which has never come off at all so i don't see that it being warm would cause an issue as long as you stick it properly in the first place.

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eaw1988

I papered over mine easily enough. As someone else said, if you ever need … I papered over mine easily enough. As someone else said, if you ever need to get into it just run a Stanley blade down the join. I have normal wallpaper in my bathroom which has never come off at all so i don't see that it being warm would cause an issue as long as you stick it properly in the first place.



I have a gap of around 5 mm wide (and 1 inch deep) where the trunking meets the wall. Surely if I just paper over this gap, when the paper does dry, it will crease/pucker up in the gap?
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