How To Hang Flocked & Screen Printed Wallcovering
Prior to placing your order, we recommend that paper quantities for your project be carefully calculated as there is a 30% restocking fee for these items.
- Our papers are delivered untrimmed and require pasting.
- Upon receiving your goods and prior to installation, please examine all items to make certain items are included in the shipment.
- If the material is to be stored, make sure the pieces are stored flat in a temperature controlled, dry area, and not crushed.
Proper surface preparation is essential for quality installations. Surfaces must be clean, smooth, dry and structurally intact before installing any wallcovering.
Glossy and non-porous surfaces should be primed prior to installation of wallcovering.
Where there is a color contrast between the wall surface and the wallcovering, it is always best to tint the primer to match the color of the wallcovering.
All primers should dry completely before wallcovering is installed.
- On drywall (painted with latex or oil) use an acrylic primer or prep coat
- On drywall (painted with builders flat) use a primer/sealer
- 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 a new or repaired drywall use a primer/sealer
- On a wall surface with residual wallpaper paste use a primer/sealer
For a superior installation, once primed and smoothed, a liner paper should be used to provide a receptive surface for the pasted sheet of wallpaper.
Hanging Flocked Wallcovering:
Tools needed are a large straight edge (5 or 6 foot) and fresh razor blades. Blades should be changed frequently to ensure a clean edge on all goods.
*All flocked and screen printed items will come untrimmed.*
- Flocked wallcovering should never be cut in gang strips. A strip at a time should be cut and laid on a clean table.
- Prior to pasting or trimming, locate the correct repeat on your wallcovering. You may have to trim into the flock or screen printed area to locate the trim line. If in doubt, please review the repeat online or in the book, or contact customer service for assistance.
*Please take time to pre-test the compatibility of the adhesive you choose with our paper.
Hang 2-3 stripes and allow the paper to dry completely to ensure that the adhesive and paper is performing satisfactorily. Clear adhesive can cause staining on some papers (including, but not limited to ShurStick models) and should be examined thoroughly 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.
- Always paste one sheet at a time before trimming. Apply an even, thin coat of adhesive to the back of the wallcovering panel using either a short-nap paint roller or pasting machine. Work the adhesive in to cover the back completely, especially near the edges. Allow panels to book for 1-2 minutes.
- We recommend using a ready-mixed clear, non-staining adhesive. Heavy duty paste is not required. Do not over saturate the backing of the paper. Use a pasting machine at your own risk.
- After your sheet is pasted, fold over for booking, place your straightedge on the selvage part of the wallcovering and not on the body of the wallcovering. This will avoid creasing. This technique is used to help avoid getting paste on the face of the material. If you are confident you can avoid paste on the face of the wallcovering, you can dry cut each stripe.
- Our pattern match is designed for a “butted” seam installation. Careful precision is needed for clean seams.
- Paper will not require a lot of pressure during installation. Hang the first panel to a plumb line and allow it to overlap onto the ceiling and baseboard. Use high nap (fluffy), paint roller. This will gently expel the air bubbles working your way from the top to the bottom; center to edge. A soft bristle brush may also be used if preferred. Do not press hard enough to remove the adhesive from underneath the wallcovering as the will result in air pockets.
- Never use a seam roller to roll down the seams. This will only burnish the flock and will draw attention to the seams. The seams can be pressed to the wall by using the edge of the smoothing brush and tapping sharply at the seams. The use of the smoothing brush in this "stippling" manner will force the seams in place without matting down the flock.
- Trim with a razor knife at the ceiling and baseboard, around windows, etc.
- Some shedding of flock is expected. Care should be exercised not to pick up this excess with your pasting brush or tool. Always work on a clean surface.
- Line up the second strip to the edge of the first strip making sure the image/repeat is aligned, and smooth out firmly. Seams should be vertical, have a tight fit, and be free from air and paste bubbles. Double cutting should be confirmed prior to trimming into any panels.
- Avoid getting paste on the face of the wallcovering. If needed, be very careful when removing as this will cause the flock to come off or permanently harm the screened printed texture. If wiping is needed, avoid excessive use of water which can re-activate the paste causing seams to split.