Installation Guide

Wallpaper Installation Guide paste-the-wall

Nowadays it’s easier and quicker than you think to install wallpaper. It’s also simpler to change and remove the wallpaper when that time comes.

New technology means wallpapering is much easier than it was!

If you are ready to install than you have read our Fact and Product Guide and have prepared your wall for Installation.

Wallpaper Installation Guide paste-the-wall

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What You Will Need:
  • A friend
  • step ladder
  • pencil
  • measuring tape
  • A spirit or laser level
  • wallpaper adhesive (see here for guide)
  • roller and tray
  • paint brush (for hard to reach places)
  • wallpaper
  • squeegee (or similar to smooth out air bubbles)
  • scissors
  • stanley knife
  • steel ruler
  • Dust sheet or floor protection
  • baby wipes (excellent for removing excess paste off the wallpaper)
Instructions

How to install our paste-the-wall wallpaper. Print a copy of the Instructions here.

STEP 1:

Wipe and clean the desired wall. Surfaces should be clean, dry, sound and free of dust, grease, and other residue.

You are ready to begin installing your wallpaper once the wall has been prepped and cured from a primer (see here for guide).

STEP 2:

Always start installing your wallpaper from left to right. Firstly we are going to make a boundary line for the first wallpaper panel. We print on wall panels that are 130cm wide therefore the line needs to be 130m wide from the edge of the left hand side. A spirit or laser level will ensure that even if your ceilings or floors are not level (highly likely), the wallpaper will still be straight. This will give you a perfectly straight vertical line to hang your first strip of wallpaper against.

* If you do not have a spirit or laser level please scroll to the bottom for additional help.

STEP 3:

If you are using powder adhesive than its time to mix your wallpaper adhesive. Follow the manufacturer instructions carefully because if you don’t pour the powder in slowly the glue will lump and this becomes difficult to work with. If you do get lumps in your glue use a sieve to push the lumps through.

Roll the glue using the roller on the wall only in the 130cm wide area that we marked up from STEP 1 . Allow some glue past your drawn line also. Use a paintbrush to paint the glue in areas the roller cant do.

If you have any fittings or fixtures (such as a light switch) on the wall then only roll the glue to the top of that fitting. STEP 5 will explain how to make an ‘X’ cut in the wallpaper to allow the fitting or fixture to pop through.

** Don’t go overboard but use a decent amount of glue. Not enough glue and the wallpaper may not stick down. Too much glue and it will seep from the edges when you smooth down the paper. See below on how much glue to use.

STEP 4:

In a clean area free of dust, arrange the wallpaper panels in order from left to right that you wish them to appear on the wall.

Carefully climb your step ladder with the first wallpaper panel in hand and position the top left corner of the panel to the top left corner of the wall. A good way to do it is to have a friend hold the bottom of the panel slightly off the wall while you position the top of the panel to the wall. Or you could climb the ladder with the wallpaper roll, position the top 50cm and rest the rest of the wallpaper on your ladder (see picture). Be sure to adjust the wallpaper so that it is running straight inline with your spirit or laser level line.

This first panel will be used to line the additional panels up, therefore take time to position it as perfect as you can. Slide the paper into place. No need to rush, then smooth it across using a squeegee. Do not push too hard as the glue will seep from the edges and we do not want too much glue escaping. You just want to use light force so there are no air bubbles and the entire panel is stuck down.

When you have the panel in place use the squeegee to smooth the wallpaper down the wall. Take time to smooth out any air bubbles or creases. Additionally there will be 10cm at the end of you wallpaper panel that will overhang. This is critical incase there are any slight variations with your wall measurements. We will cut this off in STEP 7.

If you have any fittings or fixtures (such as a light switch) on the wall then stop pasting the wallpaper down when you get to the top of the fitting or fixture.

STEP 5:

For any fittings or fixtures on the wall (such as a light switch) we will create an ‘X’ cut that allows the fitting or fixture to pop through.

If you have a power point or a light switch on the wall make sure the power is turned off before you begin.

Smooth down the wallpaper in STEP 4 until you reach the top of the fitting or fixture. Let the wallpaper fall over the fitting or fixture without being pasted down. Feel for the corners of the fitting or fixture and mark each corner with pencil, then draw two diagonal lines from left top corner to the right bottom corner and the reverse to make an ‘X’.

For your safety lift the wallpaper away from the fitting to cut the marked ‘X’ with a stanley knife or scissors (take care not to cut the X bigger than the fitting).

Push the wallpaper down gently. The fitting should pop up through the X cut you made or adjust the X cut if needed to allow the fitting through.

Lift the wallpaper back up, holding it away from the wall and finish rolling the adhesive to the rest of the wall area (only within our first boundary line). Now allow the fitting to pop back through the ‘X’ cut in the wallpaper and smooth down the rest of the wallpaper.

Trim the flaps of the paper leaving about 10mm over lap. Loosen the fitting screws or take the outer fitting shell off then gently push the paper behind the fitting and replace the shell.

Please note: For large fittings you may need to make vertical slits to allow the fixture to pop through. Do this in the most inconspicuous place (such as at the bottom). They can easily be pushed back together when you paste the wallpaper down.

STEP 6:

Once the first panel is in place on the wall, follow steps 2 to 5 again for the remaining panels.

There is no overlapping needed with our wallpaper. Slide the paper into place and then check the match. They simply butt up against each other for seamless installation.

STEP 7:

Now that all the panels are correctly installed we can trim the excess. There will be approximately 10cm overhang on the last right side panel and the bottom of all the panels. Use a steel ruler and stanley knife to carefully remove excess trim. Do this carefully and slowly.

STEP 8:

Lastly wipe off any excess glue from unwanted places using baby wipes.

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Additional Help

* If you do not have a spirit or laser level you need to take extra care that your panels are straight.

For example when applying the first panel to the wall, only apply the wallpaper adhesive to the top 30cm of the wall. Unroll about that much wallpaper and affix it in place. Smooth the paper with the squeegee and remove any air bubbles.

Now check to be sure you have positioned the paper correctly against the top and side edges, you will need to stand back and visually check you have it straight. Once you’re sure it’s where you want it, apply paste to the rest of the strip and affix the paper.

** It’s always tricky trying to work out whether you are using too much or not enough wall paper glue.

A good way to make sure is to check the manufactures specifications and do a little maths. For example Roman pro-880 Ultra Clear Strippable Wallpaper Adhesive comes in a 3.78L tub. The manufactures claim that 3.78L will cover a wall approx 30m2. Therefore if your wall is only 13m2 you roughly should be using half of the tub on the entire wall. A handy tip is to draw a line on the tub approximately half way. Then on the top half section divide that by the number of panels you have to install (usually only 2 1/2 or 3 panels) and draw those markers on the tub also. Now you have a guide how much glue you will need per panel.

We hope you have found our guide on how to install our luxury vinyl paste-the-wall wallpaper easy to follow and understand.

If you have any further questions get in contact with us.

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