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Wallpapering The Right Way - Part 2

Dec 12, 2007
Last time we discussed the different types of wallpaper available for decorating your house. As you found out there are plenty of different types of paper many of them with specific uses.

You should still take some other considerations into account before folding out your pasting table.

Pastes come ready-mixed or as powders to be mixed with water. There are three different types: ordinary, heavy duty and fungicidal. Heavy-duty pastes are used with thick or textured papers, fungicidal with vinyls and washables. It is essential to use a fungicidal paste when specified by the paper manufacturers as it prevents mold developing behind the paper.

Some vinyls and washables can sometimes be hung with an overlap. The overlap will not stick to the wallpaper underneath with ordinary paste - you will need a special vinyl adhesive.

Manufactures produce wallpapers in batches so when you buy, check each that each roll is from the same batch and that the shades match. A batch number is usually stamped on the wrapping.

Among the other things you need are a large, sharp pair of scissors, and a 150mm brush to apply the paste (you need a short pile roller for thick paste or if you apply the paste to the wall). Pasting tables are quite cheap to buy and can be hired if you have a lot of papering to do. Otherwise, use a flat board on the kitchen table, or a flushed faced door placed on trestles or boxes. If your ceilings are high, make sure you have a sturdy box or low stool to act as a hop-up.

A hanging brush is essential unless you are using ready pasted or hand printed-paper - for this you will need felt roller.

Before you start to paper, remember to clear as much furniture from the room as possible. It pays to be tidy and methodical. You are best to clean up as you go, keeping the room dust free, and free of furniture and objects to trip over, your safety is better than the speed in which you work. It is usually a good practice to lay sheets down to protect your carpet from drips of paste, plaster chips and other debris that will be scraped off the walls. However, you are best to use clean sheets, as you will want to avoid as much dust as possible. Fusty 'painting' sheets that have been in your loft for 4 years will just end up causing you more problems than they solve. You are best giving them a quick wash in the washing machine first.

In summary, there is a lot more to wall papering a room that one may first assume. I hope that this article has will help you get a much better start you your wall papering escapades.

Next time we will look at how to prepare the surface you are going to be covering, doing this correctly allows you to get the top finishes that you believed only interior decorating professionals can achieve. Remember measure twice cut once.
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