Superfresco Paintable Wallpaper Review

Updated Jun 16, 2024 | Posted Mar 8, 2023 | Product Reviews, Sundries | 3 comments

Superfresco Paintable Wallpaper is normally used in older properties, sometimes to cover bad plaster work, other times it’s just to add a bit of character to a room. Manufactured by Graham and Brown, it’s a wallpaper I’ve used a lot as a decorator. It is available in dozens of different patterns, but the quality is consistent.

In the 80’s, homeowners opted for woodchip. But as a decorator, I seem to have spent most of my working life stripping the stuff. Then we had Anaglypta, which was almost a household name at one point. However, Anaglypta seems to have faded away over recent years, and Superfresco Paintable Wallpaper has taken its place. Click here to see full range and online prices.


My Superfresco Paintable Wallpaper Review


There is a reason Superfesco has taken pole position for this type of wallcovering. It’s miles better than Anaglypta ever was! No matter the pattern, you’ll find it thick and easy to handle without ripping or creasing.

It’s one of the only types of paper that I’ve hung on a regular basis and haven’t found a single fault. It hides a multitude of sins on your walls and ceilings, so prep isn’t quite as important. Another quality is it takes paste very well. You can apply a thick layer of paste to the paper and know the paper won’t disintegrate, and the paste will not show over your finish.

Another great quality is it cuts well, whether you use an Olfa Knife, Scissors, or the Superfresco Easy Trimmer – Available online here.

Is Superfesco as good as Anaglypta?

Never overlap the seams!! You can even leave a very slight gap, which then fills with paint, but if you overlap the drops, then the seams will show. Another tip is not to rush your soaking times. If it says “10-minuts” on the instructions, wait at least 10 minutes before hanging. Click here to see full range.


Painting Over the Product


Gone are the days when you’d need to prime a product like this to achieve a good finish with emulsion. You may see staining from the paste before you paint, but this will easily cover. Adhesion to the paper is no problem with any type of paint.


The only thing to bear in mind with the tighter patterns is picture framing (where you can see your cutting in). The paint seems to gather from your brush and fills the pattern, whereas your roller spreads your paint a lot more sparingly.

Just be conscious of the issue when you paint and you will avoid the problem!! Use a stiff brush, dilute your paint, and just spread it out. Better yet, have a mini-roller with you and go over your cutting-in as you apply it. Click here to see full range and current prices.


Review Summary

Superfresco Paintable Wallpaper Review - Decorator's forum UK

An embossed wallpaper you can apply to a ceiling or wall before painting.

Product Brand: Superfresco

Editor's Rating:


  • Very easy to work with.
  • Absorbs paste well.
  • Any tryp of paint will adhere to it.
  • Hides imperfections on bad plastering.
  • It has a ‘period’ look, so suits older buildings.


  • Some people think it looks a little outdated. I wouldn’t install it in new homes, but think it looks good in the right place.
  • You might look at a wall papered in Superfesco Paintable Wallpaper, and automatically assume it’s to hide bad plasterwork.

Updated Jun 16, 2024 | Posted Mar 8, 2023 | 3 comments

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Gregory is a Professional Painter and Decorator who works in the Northwest of England. He mainly sub-contracts for large decorating firms and works on a wide variety of projects.


  1. Richard

    Only product l always had problems with is superfresco “plaster” pattern it’s bad for swelling edges always has been.

    Plus a ridiculous drop pattern you can hardly even see…

    That pattern is a PITA to hang but generally super fresco is a cut above the rest of textured wallpapers.

    PPG easytex range for example is a lot softer and not as good to hang.

  2. Rebecca

    Hi there,
    Wondering if you have tried using this over melamine? I have an old laundry cupboard i would like to bring back to life. Thanks

  3. Peter Kurtianyk

    The worst paper I have had the misfortune in hanging. I have hung many papers over time but have not had so many problems as I had with this product. Will never use again


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