Tools for Paper-hanging

The following equipment is needed: A bucket, a plum bob or long spirit level, a pasting brush, a sponge, a stripping knife, a trimming knife, a boxwood seam roller, a pair of 305mm long scissors or paper-hanger’s shears at least 255mm long, a steel straight edge, a sharp pencil and a smoothing brush.

Other items needed: A paste table and access equipment – either a trestle or two step ladders and a suitable plank to act as a catwalk.

Lining paper

To achieve a high-quality surface finish when hanging wallpaper, it is important to use lining paper. This is available in varying weights, and qualities, and provides an even surface of the correct porosity for maximum adhesion.

On good wall surfaces, a lightweight paper will be satisfactory. If the surface is uneven, a thicker lining paper will help to cover minor blemishes and irregularities in the plaster surface. When using a thick wallpaper, choose a corresponding lining paper. Lining paper can be used to line a porous wall.

When used purely as an under-paper, lining paper should be laid horizontally so that at no time, will the joins align with the vertical joins of the decorative paper. The joins should be butt-jointed. Lining paper is pasted and concertina-folded before hanging.

Wall surfaces that are badly covered with hairline cracks should be lined twice, using heavy brown or white glazed lining paper. The first lining paper is applied horizontally, the second vertically.

Where cross lining, with long lengths of paper, lay the beginning of the length on the pasting table, leaving the rest to hang over one edge. Paste the exposed length carefully, ensuring that all the paper is covered to within 25mm of the end.

Take the end and fold back the paper, with paste to paste, making a fold or pleat of about 380mm in length. Continue pasting and folding in the same way until the entire length is pasted and folded into a ‘concertina’.

Starting at one end of the room, hold the concertina section in one hand and, releasing a fold at a time, apply the lining paper with a roller or brush to smooth it out. All joins should be butt-jointed and excess paper at ceilings and skirtings trimmed.

10. November 2011 by admin
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