Wallpaper diving is a term that describes an act of defacing the wallpaper of a computer monitor. A person who engages in this act is basically breaking the surface tension of the backing paper, causing it to crumble. In cases where the damage to the backing paper is done accidentally it is often possible to fix the damage. However, if it is a deliberate attempt to deface the wall with wallpaper and the damage is done deliberately, then it may be too late to correct the damage. There are two standard types of damages that can be inflicted when wallpaper diving.
The first type of damage is done by sharp edges. These edges will often crack the paper as they are used to hold the wallpaper in place. The second type of damage involves paper that has become bent due to heat. Heat may bend paper in such a way that it can become impossible to get it back into shape after it is bent. If the damage is minor and just an easy repair can be made, the damaged paper can usually be reused.
When paper is damaged it can be difficult to reuse the same piece of paper for another purpose unless it is repaired. For example, a tripped up zipper can easily leave a hole that can allow wallpaper to escape. If this happens the only option is to replace the zipper or to remove and replace the paper. The same can be said for damaged heat shrink tubing.
The only way that you can reuse wallpaper after it has been damaged is to repair the paper. This can be accomplished through various means. You can use heat to pull the paper back together and repair it, or you can use chemicals that will pull the paper together again. For this process the original paper will probably have to be discarded and a new piece of wallpaper will have to be purchased.
Some people choose to just ignore the damage done to their wallpaper. They think that if they just take it to a store and have it repaired everything will work out. While some damage can be corrected by this method there are other factors that will have to be addressed. For example, wallpaper repair typically requires the use of chemicals that will attack the chemical bonds that are responsible for the damage done to the paper. This can mean that you have wallpaper that is unusable because the chemical bonds cannot be repaired.
Some homeowners might choose to try wallpaper repair by themselves. This is often possible as the glue used for the repairs is relatively easy to find. It is also possible to apply the adhesive without damaging the paper. If the glue is applied correctly the surface tension of the paper should pull the paper back together. This process can leave the paper looking nearly new.
Many people choose to hire professionals to handle their wallpaper repairs. This is because the task can be quite difficult for someone who does not have any knowledge of paper. There are also many companies that specialize in wallpaper repair. The price that they charge for this service depends largely on the amount of damage that was done to the paper. In many cases it is possible to get the prices reduced if the paper has been framed or glued as well.
The best way to avoid having wallpaper damaged is to make sure that it is never done in the first place. Some wallpaper is installed over many years, which means that it is never damaged but the aging process can still have an effect on the appearance of the paper. A simple way to check for wallpaper damage is to press the back of the wallpaper against the wall. If the paper feels moist or seems to be coming apart then it is probably time to have it replaced. Remember that damage to the paper can be repaired but if the damage is extensive it may be necessary to replace the entire piece of wallpaper.