I know you’re just dying to know which type of wallpaper paste won out in my head-to-head challenge. Was it Roman 880? Was it Dynamite 780? Oh, the suspense. Oh, the drama. This is the post you’ve been waiting for all your life.
Okay, not really. Wallpaper paste isn’t exciting, but I will tell you that you will appreciate this post if ever you’re installing unpasted wallpaper!
By the way, I was paid heaps of money by the brand I’m going to encourage you to use and I bought stock in their company. I’m just kidding. I bought both pastes with my own money and I have no affiliation with either brand. I compared them on my own, primarily because I ran out of the first gallon and had to run out and buy whatever I could find locally to finish the project, so I had to use two brands and there was a noticeable difference.
The first paste, Roman PRO-880 was the product recommended to me by the professional painter (from Gray Painting) who painted our foyer and stairs. I didn’t know if I could find it locally, so I just ordered it from Amazon.
The painter also shared his secret with me – thin down the paste with water, so it is at a consistency where it will flow. In the container, it’s almost like a loose Vaseline consistency. Once thinned with water and stirred, the paste flowed off a stir stick nicely and was easy to roll onto the paper.
It was workable, it had a nice amount of tack but could still slide around to get it in just the right place. I also had very little squeeze-out and bubbles.
When I ran out with four strips left to hang, I picked up the Dynamite 780 locally. This product was suggested as one that would be comparable to the Roman PRO-880 I ran out of.
As soon as I started working with it, I completely understood the comparison of over-beaten mashed potatoes to wallpaper paste. I actually said to my mom, “This is what they’re talking about!”
This paste was thick and seemed to dry quicker. I wanted to dilute it with water as I did the Roman brand, but it specified on the container to not dilute. There was more squeeze-out and I had to spend more time smoothing out bubbles. It was not nice to work with after the ease of the Roman 880.
Now, there may be some trick to the Dynamite 780 that I wasn’t tipped off to and I’m sure there are people out there who love it, but I personally felt like the Roman PRO-880 was much easier to use. It’s the one I would use again and the one I would suggest to others.
So, that one is the winner for me!
I will write an entire post about hanging unpasted wallpaper with step-by-step instructions soon, for those who are considering it.