What is the Best Surface for Peel and Stick Wallpaper?

Discover the Surfaces that Work Best for Peel and Stick Wallpaper

If you are wondering where to apply peel and stick wallpaper in your space, there are recommended surfaces for temporary wallpaper. We are sharing the best smooth surfaces for peel and stick wallpaper and how to prepare your walls.

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Do you have to prep walls for peel and stick wallpaper?

Yes, we recommend prepping your walls. Tempaper peel and stick wallpaper is recommended for smooth surfaces that are in good condition.

Learn the best surface preparation tips for wallpaper application and the benefits of using smooth surfaces.

While it is not necessary to use a primer for your walls, we do recommend applying our wallpaper to a surface that has been primed and painted with a satin or semi-gloss finish.

We do not recommend applying Tempaper & Co. to matte, flat, and low sheen paints, textured surfaces, or exterior surfaces. 

Prep your walls by cleaning your intended surface with a damp cloth, making sure it is fully dried before application. This will keep your wallpaper from bubbling.

We always recommend using a 1:1 Isopropyl alcohol and water solution.

Will peel and stick wallpaper work on matte or flat paint?

When it comes to wallpaper choices for different paint finishes, we have seen successful applications and removals with flat paint. However, Tempaper & Co. is recommended for primed surfaces painted with eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss paint.

Since we have water-based adhesives and inks, sometimes the chalkiness of the paint can marry to the inks causing a not-so-clean removal.

While our peel and stick wallpaper will work on painted walls, it is important that you allow your surface to fully cure before applying removable wallpaper to it. Follow the directions listed on your paint can, as curing times will vary among paint types.

If you would like to try to apply our removable wallpaper to a matte, flat, or textured surface, we recommend purchasing a sample first. Then, test your surface in a discreet area prior to starting a full application. 

How can I make my peel and stick wallpaper stick better?

When applied to the recommended surface, Tempaper & Co. peel and stick wallpaper will stay up for as long as you wish and remove cleanly when it’s time for a change. 

While developing the product, Tempaper & Co. sourced a removable adhesive that would stick to most smooth surfaces, including slightly textured walls and bathrooms.

This unique adhesive helps ensure that Tempaper & Co. products will stay up and remove cleanly, allowing endless design possibilities.

Since Tempaper & Co. has a self-adhesive backing, you do not need to add any pastes or glue to your wallpaper. Just peel, place, and embrace transformation!

What surfaces can peel and stick wallpaper go on?

Peel and stick wallpaper can adhere to any smooth surface including accent walls, stair risers, furniture, ceilings, and more.

If you are wondering about smooth vs. textured walls for wallpaper, it is possible for peel and stick wallpaper to stick on textured walls.

Most competitors can’t adhere to textured surfaces, but Tempaper & Co. products have been able to stick to textured walls, including orange peel surfaces, due to product durability. This makes Tempaper & Co. the best peel and stick wallpaper for textured walls and rentals. 

If you are looking to install peel and stick wallpaper on textured walls or plaster walls, we recommend purchasing a sample and testing your surface first.

Click here to learn more about how to cover textured walls or surfaces with peel and stick wallpaper.

What to know about peel and stick wallpaper

Peel and stick, removable wallpaper is a simple and stress-free way to decorate your home or rental. Tempaper & Co. offers a variety of styles including custom wall murals, realistic grasscloth designs, and prints sold-by-the-roll.

Learn more about Tempaper & Co. by visit our blog or read our peel and stick wallpaper reviews below to see why our customers consider us the best brand of peel and stick wallpaper.

Textured Walls
“Couldn’t be happier with how our project turned out. Tempaper did a beautiful job adhering to the textured walls that we have in our area. Onto the next project with this product.” CherylCan, Tempaper Customer Review

I've used Tempaper for years
“I've used Tempaper for years, first in rental and owned properties, and most recently to add some personality to the treatment rooms at my day spa.” John F., Tempaper Customer review


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