|Give special attention to wall preparation, it
is the basis for a long lasting job. Most walls need some
type of prep before you can hang paper on them. Generally,
they must be smooth and clean. Remove light switch covers
and plug plates. Other hardware such as curtain rods and
picture hangers should also be removed to make the job
|Previously Papered Walls
Remove old wallcoverings. Use a good glue remover solution
then wash the walls clean with detergent and a little
household bleach to prevent mold and mildew problems. Size
walls if desired to improve adhesion.
Previously Painted Walls
Scrape or sand of any rough spots. Fill cracks and holes
with spackle and sand smooth. Sand glossy walls to a dull
finish. Clean walls with detergent and bleach solution to
prevent mold and mildew problems. Apply a primer sealer to
walls to ensure wallpaper can be stripped completely at a
later date. Size walls if desired to improve positioning and
Make sure surface is dry before you begin. Apply
primer/sealer with a brush or roler. This gives the wall an
even surface to adhere to so it is easier hang as well as
remove later. Priming is an important part of preparing
plaster and drywall surfaces. Use a white pigmented primer
sealer to avoid bleed through. Size walls if desired to
improve positioning and adhesion.
You will need a table to do your booking and pasting,
plumb bob, plastic dropcloths, lots of razor blades, a
smoother, buckets of water, sponges, rags and a ladder. If
you have prepasted wallpaper, you will need a water tray.
If you have unpasted paper you will need paste and an
applicator such as a pasting brush or short nap roller.
Select an inconspicuous corner such as
near a door or large window as your starting point. Use a
plumb bob to mark a vertical line 1/2 inch less than the
width of your paper from the starting point to ensure you
hang the paper straight up and down.
Cutting the Paper
This can be a tricky spot because you have to take into
account where you want the pattern to start and repeat.
Measure the height of the ceiling in several places before
you cut and add enough distance to ensure your pattern
will line up correctly. Use a sharp blade or scissors to
cut the paper into two strips.
Pasting the Paper
Some papers come prepasted and others need to have a
paste applied to them.
Prepasted Wallcovering Roll the paper strip pattern
side in and dip the wallpaper into the tray for about 10
seconds or as the instructions indicate. Leaving it in too
long may wash away the paste.
Slowly draw the wallpaper out of the tray makingsure that
both front and back are completely wet.
Unpasted Wallpaper brush or roll on paste in a thin
When soaked, wallpaper expands. It is important to allow
the wallpaper to absorb water and relax for a short time
before you hang it. Book the paper ( fold it pasted side
to pasted side) carefully to avoid creasing and let it sit
for about three minutes. Do not book longer than five
Hanging the Wallpaper
- Line up the edge of your strip with your plumb line.
Gently smooth the wallcovering to the wall, forcing out
air bubbles as you go. The strip should overlap the
ceiling and the baseboard. Continue hanging around the
room. After hanging two strips inspect the wallcovering
for defects, pattern flaws, and color match. If there is
a problem, return the paper to where you bought it.
- Random match wallpaper should be hung using reverse
strips in case there is a subtle difference in
coloration or density across the width of the roll.
- As you finish each strip, sponge off excess paste with
clean water and dry with a soft cloth. Wash paste from
painted areas before it dries.
- Don't overlap mid-wall seams just butt the edges and
avoid stretching. Don't push or pull the seams into
place, move the entire strip by sliding it over. Make
sure the strips are tight against each other. Roll seams
to ensure they are tight against the wall using care to
not force out the glue.
- Always trim both inside and outside corners. Their
edges are rarely straight and can cause bridging over
gaps. If the edge is not true vertical, a lean can be
influenced into the paper strips. Overlap edges by 1/2
inch to ensure enough covering in the gaps.
- When you hang the paper over an opening such as a
window or door, relax the paper by cutting the paper
diagonally toward the center of the opening. Then, use
your edge guide and a sharp knife to snug the paper up
to the edge.
- Use a metal edge guide to hold the paper in place as
you trim around inside and outside corners, baseboards
and ceiling lines. It is important to use a fresh sharp
blade for each cut, otherwise snagging and tearing might
| Love the look of new wallpaper, but dread the
thought of removing the old? If you've ever tried stripping
wallpaper using a homemade vinegar and water solution - or a
heavy commercial steamer - you know what a tedious,
unpleasant and time-consuming task it can be. But, wallpaper
removal doesn't have to be a chore if you use the right
tools and learn a few tricks from the professionals. Hereís
some advice from the experts at Zinsser Co., Inc. that can
make removing old wallpaper quicker and easier than you ever
dreamed possible - even if you've never stripped wallpaper
Step #1: Score the wallpaper.
Since most wallpaper has a washable, waterproof
surface, it's necessary to score it first to ensure that the
wallpaper stripper is able to reach and loosen the glue
underneath. Zinsserís PaperTiger‚, a palm-held tool with
small cutting wheels that perforate the wallpaper without
damaging the wall, is designed specifically for safe, fast
and easy scoring.
Step #2: Apply a liquid or gel wallpaper stripper to the
Zinsserís DIF Wallpaper Stripper is available in a liquid
concentrate, gel or spray gel. Simply apply the wallpaper
stripper with a sponge, brush or roller. Or, spray it on
with new DIF GEL in a 32 oz. spray. Wait 15-20 minutes. The
fast acting enzyme formula dissolves even hard-to-remove
glue, like clay-based adhesive.
Step #3: Scrape off the loose wallpaper.
Zinsserís Paper Scraper helps get the wallpaper off
without hard work or surface damage. If any glue remains,
simply reapply the stripper to the area, wait 15-20 minutes,
remove it with Paper Scraper or a sponge and rinse with
clean water. Itís that simple.