Wallpapering preparations

Before you start applying wallpaper, there are some things to think about, and prepare, to help ensure the best possible results.

The essentials

The basic rule before all wallpapering is that the surface area in which the paper will applied is dry, even and firm. Begin by cutting the electricity to the room that is about to be dressed. Remove all electrical outlet and switch covers. If possible remove the upper and lower mouldings.
Tip! Mark each piece of melding on the back to help ensure they can easily find their way back to the proper spot.

Surface preparation

The entire surface area must be smooth and made of a firm, absorbent material. If the area has been wallpapered before, be sure to scrape loose any remaining wallpaper - check especially in corners and at the mouldings.
In situations where the current surface is vinyl and/or has textured tapes mounted to it, the entire surface layer should be removed.
Overlapping joints should be sanded or shaved down. Other holes and uneven portions must also be flattened over the entire surface. Larger holes should be filled and allowed to dry out completely.  Once dry the filler should be sanded down lightly until the surface is smooth. When applying the wallpaper be sure to dust and glue spackled surfaces with diluted glue as indicated on the package.

Wallpapering over fiberglass and other painted materials

Wash the surface area with paint cleaner and then rinse the entire area with water. The entire surface area should then be spackled and sanded. Remove any excess dust before applying glue.

Fabric wallpaper and woven textiles made from natural materials

Tear down the material. Use wallpaper remover as needed. Spackle and sand when needed to create a smooth surface. Remove any excess dust before applying the glue.

Painted Surfaces

Wash the area with paint cleaner and rinse thoroughly. Scrape away any peeling or flaking surfaces t. Fill where needed and sand the entire area until even and smooth.

Concrete and plaster surfaces

Fill irregularities and joints. Spackle and sand the entire surface. Remove any dust before applying glue.

Dry wall, panelling and wood fibreboard

Fill and spackle all nail and screw holes. Fill any gaps between panels with fill strips or fabric glue. Spackle and sand the entire area to create a smooth, even surface. Remove any dust before applying glue.


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