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covering/filling the ripped of wallpaper bit

I'm not sure if this is the right section to ask this but the mods can move it if this's not supposed to be here

I'm leaving my appartment (and switzerland as a matter of fact) very soon. I have some minor reparations to take care of.

as you can see from the photo a bit of wallpaper was ripped off. how can I fill this and cover it up?

Could you please explain it in a "for dummies" way? and I'll be extremely grateful if you give me the name of the stuff I need to buy in French?
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Re: covering/filling the ripped of wallpaper bit

Some ordinary wall filler will be adequate for the holes. If this is all you have to fill, it should be possible to get a tube/tin of ready mixed filler.

It appears to be a textured wallpaper. You will need some of the same paper. Hopefully you have some around, rather than having to buy a complete roll. To match it in, it is better to tear a piece to the shape of the patch. This will give a neater job than cutting out a square to replace.

The patch should be the same size, or smaller than the hole. The closer it is to the exact size the better. Glue it in with some wallpaper paste. If there are any gaps, fill them with the same filler as the main holes. It is better to rub it in with your finger than a filling knife. This will give a neater finish.

Then paint over the patch. Use a small amount of paint on the patch and brush it out to blend in with the existing paint unless you are repainting the whole room
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Re: covering/filling the ripped of wallpaper bit

At first glance, that section looks like it has sufferred a bit of damp damage. If this is the case, then , perhaps are you are insured ?
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Some ordinary wall filler will be adequate for the holes. If this is all you have to fill, it should be possible to get a tube/tin of ready mixed filler.

It appears to be a textured wallpaper. You will need some of the same paper. Hopefully you have some around, rather than having to buy a complete roll. To match it in, it is better to tear a piece to the shape of the patch. This will give a neater job than cutting out a square to replace.

The patch should be the same size, or smaller than the hole. The closer it is to the exact size the better. Glue it in with some wallpaper paste. If there are any gaps, fill them with the same filler as the main holes. It is better to rub it in with your finger than a filling knife. This will give a neater finish.

Then paint over the patch. Use a small amount of paint on the patch and brush it out to blend in with the existing paint unless you are repainting the whole room
Ooops, if I was the owner of the apartment, I would not accept such a repair unless really skillfully done and the whole room repainted to match. The owner will have to find a new tenant, and will want to give the best impression - so this is only fair. Unless you can find some left-over paper in a cupboard or somewhere, or find the exacting match in a DIY or specialist shop, at least the whole wall will have to be re-papered with the closed match, then the whole room repainted. A week-end job, or perhaps something for PapaGoose?
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Some ordinary wall filler will be adequate for the holes. If this is all you have to fill, it should be possible to get a tube/tin of ready mixed filler.
do you know the name of that filler thing?


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At first glance, that section looks like it has sufferred a bit of damp damage. If this is the case, then , perhaps are you are insured ?

actually it's not a damp damage. the plastic thingy that holds the curtain rod, ripped it off.


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Ooops, if I was the owner of the apartment, I would not accept such a repair unless really skillfully done and the whole room repainted to match. The owner will have to find a new tenant, and will want to give the best impression - so this is only fair. Unless you can find some left-over paper in a cupboard or somewhere, or find the exacting match in a DIY or specialist shop, at least the whole wall will have to be re-papered with the closed match, then the whole room repainted. A week-end job, or perhaps something for PapaGoose?

good thing is the new tenant wants to take everything as it is furniture etc, including the curtains and curtain rods so i have to somewhat cover it and stick the plastic thing back on it.
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Re: covering/filling the ripped of wallpaper bit

Any type of patch is going to be noticeable. If you have part of a roll left, removed the entire strip of wallpaper which contains that tear, fill the hole(s) with joint compound, let dry, sand and then replace the whole strip.

If you don't have a whole strip of replacement wallpaper, you will have to buy enough matching paper to redo the one wall. If there is paint on top of the wallpaper, you will have to repaint.
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Re: covering/filling the ripped of wallpaper bit

are they really that strict about the patches? I think the apartment was painted/wallpapered about 8 years ago. I moved in 5 years ago. there were no reparations between the previous tenant and me, there were already some dents and marks on the walls when I got it. and this is the only real damage I caused. I hope they don't take all my deposit for that.

i have disc hernia and it's is in a really bad situation, I can barely walk, let alone strip the wallpaper and redo it!
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do you know the name of that filler thing?

good thing is the new tenant wants to take everything as it is furniture etc, including the curtains and curtain rods so i have to somewhat cover it and stick the plastic thing back on it.
If the patching is done carefully, it should be almost invisible. As it will be partially covered by the curtain fitting I think that the chance of it being noticed are remote. It is definitely worth a go rather than re-papering a whole wall.

I don't know what fillers are available in Switzerland. Moltofill is a name recommended by PapaGoose in another thread
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If the patching is done carefully, it should be almost invisible. As it will be partially covered by the curtain fitting I think that the chance of it being noticed are remote. It is definitely worth a go rather than re-papering a whole wall.

I don't know what fillers are available in Switzerland. Moltofill is a name recommended by PapaGoose in another thread

i'll give it a try with Moltofill. I think it should work.
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