How to hang paper backed wallpaper (paste the paper)


(For metallics and non-woven papers please view this alternate guide)


1. Inspect Each roll

Before cutting and hanging the wallcovering, ensure that all rolls have the same batch reference, are in good condition, with no variation in shade, and that no other faults are present. Please ensure there are enough rolls to complete the job.

2. Preparation

Walls should be clean dry and even. Remove any old wallpaper and loose paint. Roughen painted surfaces with sandpaper. Scrape powdery, flaky surface. Absorbent surfaces should be prepared with an oil based primer ensuring it dries completely. New plaster should be allowed to dry out completely.

Although not essential, for best results, we recommend that the walls are cross lined using a good quality lining paper. Lining should be allowed to dry completely before hanging the wallcovering.

Dark coloured wallpapers may need their edges coloured with a crayon of a similar tone to avoid white edges showing.

3. Pasting and Hanging

Our non-wovens and metallics are ‘paste the wall’ products. The decorator should paste the wall and not the back of the wallcovering. A Premium Quality Tub adhesive, or an equivalent good quality, solvent free, fungicide protected, light grade adhesive should be used.

Do not use self-mix adhesives. All purpose and heavy duty pastes are not suitable. 

Apply an even coat of paste to the paper ensuring the edges are well covered, allow to soak for 4-5 minutes until the paper is supple. Do not oversoak. DO NOT paste more than one length at a time.

Use a plumb line (or spirit level and faint pencil line) to ensure the paper is vertical. Smooth the paper on to the wall using a paperhangers brush, from the centre of the length to the edge to expel air bubbles. After hanging 2-3 lengths check the wallpaper for any shading or printing faults.

Butt joins and use a decorators brush to smooth down the wallpaper, working from the centre to the edges to express air bubbles.

Avoid squeezing paste out of joins and ensure paste does not get onto the brush or roller.

No paste should be allowed to come into contact with the surface, and hands should be kept clean and dry while handling the wallpaper.

Paste will damage the surface. Modern-Wallpaper cannot accept responsibility for marks or damage caused by paste.

Should any paste have been allowed to come into contact with the surface, it should be lightly sponged whilst still moist, using a clean damp sponge.

Ensure wallpaper is firmly adhered as, in the event of fire, loose wallpapers can contribute to the hazard. After hanging 2 or 3 lengths, inspect the result to ensure that no shading or other faults are present.

The information is supplied in good faith. Site conditions are beyond our control. It is the responsibility of the buyer to ensure that the environment is suitable for the wallpaper.


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