• How to prepare the walls for wallpapering – STEP 1
    02 August 2015
    02 August 2015

    How to prepare the walls for wallpapering – STEP 1



    Wallpaper is actually easy to hang if the walls, and you!, are well prepared.

    Follow these simple instructions for a successful result

    How to Prepare the wall surface

    Sand smooth with 80 grit sandpaper
    Prepare the wall surface
    The surface of the wall must be clean, dry and sound. Then the wall needs a good coat of size (a sort of wallpaper undercoat), so that the wallpaper is easy to position and sticks properly.
    1. Remove any old paper. METYLAN Active Wallpaper Remover makes that easy.
    1. Repair any imperfections in the wall/plaster, and sand smooth with 80 grit sandpaper. Remove the dust.
    1. Brush the wall surface with a liberal coat of SHUR-STIK wallpaper size and let it dry. This makes it much easier to position the wallpaper when it is time to start hanging.

    Different wall surfaces need different preparations, so ask your retailer for their advice. Guidelines are also on the wallpaper label.

    Plan where to start in the room

    Start near the main source of light and work away from it, aiming to finish in a discreet area, such as behind a door.
    If you are using patterned wallpaper on a feature wall, start in the middle of the wall.

    Check that each roll is the same design and batch number before you start cutting the paper.

    Make a plumb line

    Marking the wall along the plumb line every 20 to 30cm
    Make a plumb line
    Using a plumbline – a straight-line device that professionals use – will ensure that even if your ceilings or floors are not level, the wallpaper will still be straight. Always hang your first strip of paper next to a plumbline.
    Using a plumbline to help you wallpaper:
    1. Measure the width of your paper.
    2. Measure the same distance out from the corner in the direction you intend working.
    3. Come back 15mm towards the corner from the narrowest point of the plumbline, and make a mark closer to the ceiling.
    4. Drive in a small nail and hang the plumbline from it.
    5. Once the plumbline is steady, lightly mark the wall with a pencil every 20 to 30cm down the length of the line to the floor. This will give you a perfectly straight vertical line to hang your first strip of wallpaper against.


    Remember to do a new plumb line when turning a corner on to a new wall.
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