Wallpaper Installation Help
How to hang wallpaper
Professional wallcovering installer Sandra Murray explains how to measure, match, cut, paste and hang wallpaper. She shares her almost 40 years of experiences, tips and enthusiasm for the craft in a half hours worth of videos. Save yourself, time, energy and money by watching these videos!
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"Wallpaper is one of the few things you can do in a day to dramatically transform your space." - Sandra Murray
Planning your layout
Preparing your walls - Part 1
Preparing your walls - Part 2
Measuring and Cutting
Hanging - Part 1
Hanging - Part 2
Outlets, bubbles and seams
Windows - Part 1
Windows - Part 2
Many of our customers enjoy hanging their own wallpapers, while others prefer to hire a professional paper hanger. Whichever method you choose, it is important to consider the following points:
We recommend that paper quantities required for your project be carefully calculated. If you are using a professional installer, conferring with them would be a good idea since installation methods can vary.
To calculate quantities yourself, refer to the customer service page in our catalog for instructions.
Our papers are delivered untrimmed and require pasting.
For those of you who are hanging the wallpapers yourself, begin by following these basic steps:
Wallpapers should be trimmed dry on a large ﬂat surface at least four feet in length. Preferable trimming tools are a wallpaper straight edge (5 or 6 foot) and single-edged razor blades, which should be changed frequently to ensure sharpness.
For wallpapers and ceiling papers:
On both sides of the paper, use a straight edge to trim ush with the edge of the pattern arrow. Our pattern match is designed for a “butted” seam installation.
Prepare the wall surface to be as smooth as new wallboard. For a superior installation, a liner paper should be used to provide a smooth, receptive surface for the pasted sheet of wallpaper, to minimize seam shrinkage and to absorb excess moisture allowing the ﬁnish paper to dry quickly.
- Wall surfaces should be primed and allowed to dry completely before beginning installation.
- On drywall (painted with latex or oil) use an acrylic primer or prep coat.
- On new plaster (after the proper curing time) or unpainted plaster, use size mixed with the adhesive you plan to install the ﬁnal wallcovering with to prepare the surface.
- On any wall with stains or mold issues use a stain killer primer (mold must be treated with a bleach solution ﬁrst).
- On new or repaired drywall use a primer/sealer.
- On a wall surface with residual wallpaper paste use a primer/sealer.
We recommend using a quality clay strippable adhesive.Products that have been used successfully include:
- Sureg rip #134 - clay strippable (Zinsser)
- Pro #774 - clay strippable (Roman)
- Shur-Stik or Dynamite #111 - pre-mixed clay (Gardner-Gibson)
- Dynamite #433 - clay strippable (Gardner-Gibson)
- Heavy Duty 84-219 - clay strippable (Duron)
- Adhesium - pre-mixed clay (Muralo)
- Suregrip All-purpose Adhesive and Wall size (powder)
- Golden Harvest Wheat Paste (powder) or GH-34 - pre mixed wheat paste
- P-H Wheat and P-H Cellulose (powder) available at www.paper-hangings.com
- Metylan - powdered cellulose (Henkel, sold in Europe)
These papers should only be installed using a wheat, cellulose or potato paste product from the list above.
Please take the time to pre-test the compatibility of the adhesive you choose with our paper, especially on patterns that contain metallic inks, and allow the paper to dry completely toensure that the adhesive is performing satisfactorily. Clear adhesives cause staining on somepapers and should be tested on both the front and back of the paper to ensure they are non-staining. Please be sure to follow the adhesive manufacturer’s directions carefully.
Use a short-nap paint roller to spread the adhesive in a thin, even coating across the paper. After pasting, fold the paper back (pasted sides together) and allow to set for 5 minutes before hanging (just until the paper is relaxed). This allows the paper to absorb moisture and to expand fully.
Paper does not require a lot of pressure during installation. Use a soft bristle wallpaper smoothing brush, smoothing from the center out, to expel air bubbles. After the adhesive has set (5-10 minutes), secure the seam with a wooden seam roller. Use a soft touch during installation, avoiding excessive smoothing or seam rolling.
During and after hanging, be certain all adhesive residue is completely wiped from the surface. It is important to use a damp sponge or soft damp towel and clean warm water. Dry with a clean towel. An extra-absorbant microﬁber towel is recommended. Leftover paste may stain the surface of the papers. Water itself will not remove the inks we use to print the papers, but avoid excessive use of water which can re-activate the paste causing seams to split. Also, avoid rubbing to hard, which can burnish the surface.
If you or your paper hanger have any further questions, call (866) 960-3030. To ﬁnd a professional installer in your area, we recommend contacting the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers at www.thepaperhangers.com or www.ngpp.org.