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3. Vinyl-coated paper. This technically isn’t vinyl wallcovering, but rather a wallpaper with a mist of liquid vinyl sprayed on the top surface. Nevertheless, Draveski says some manufacturers advertise this product as being vinyl. The amount of vinyl on the top can vary, but you can’t tell from looking at it, nor is it spelled out in the product information. Pros: Because this is technically a wallpaper, intricate patterns like leafy tendrils and detailed flowers are possible. Compared with traditional wallpaper, the vinyl top layer offers some, albeit minimal, protection against staining and marring.Cons: It’s not as durable and cleanable as you would hope. Vinyl-coated paper can be lightly and infrequently wiped. Jim Parodi of Jim Parodi Wallpapering cautions that vinyl-coated wallpaper in dark colors — navy, forest green or cranberry — have a tendency to burnish, or become shiny, where it has been wiped or where children run their hands along it. Like paper-backed vinyl, this wallpaper must also be soaked to be removed. Best installation locations: Vinyl-coated wallpaper is a good choice for rooms that don’t get a lot of wear and tear. Bedrooms and home offices are good bets. Avoid installing vinyl-coated wallpaper in bathrooms, kitchens and high-traffic passageways.