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This Re:Fine video shows you how to prepare a wall for wall paper application and pasting.
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Preparation and paper hanging
Remove your old wall covering. You never want to wallpaper on top of old wall covering. Scrape any remaining paper with your scrapper and apply a liberal amount of water. Let the water sink in to the paper for a few minutes, then try and remove the remaining paper with the scrapper.
When you choose your wall and ceiling paper, check with the staff as to what symbols might mean. They’ll explain pattern, color shading and so on. Cut a piece of paper of the roll to length, allowing approximately 100 to 150 millimeters extra. Using a paste table, paste the wallpaper making sure that all the edges are covered. Try to avoid getting any paste on to the table. Fold the pasted faces together, this allows for easy manageability for longer pieces.
After pasting your cut to length piece. Papering a ceiling can be a tricky process, always work of a stable platform, never over reach. You may find it useful to rest the folded paper on a stick or even on another rolled paper, as you can see here. We’re using the plaster covering as our straightest edge to work from. It's advisable to check which is the straightest edge then work from there.
Once you’ve lined up your edge, smooth the paper out with a hanging brush. Make sure that all of the bubbles and creases are carefully smooth out. Open the paper in stages, smoothing as you go along. Repeat across the width of the room. Brush over the paper a second time. Arc any edges with a pair of scissors, fold the paper away and cut. Brush the paper back into place. Make sure that all the edges are finally fixed. Identify the pattern repeats and mark both pieces of paper for ease later on. Measure the piece, cut and paste.
Put the paper on the ceiling. Now line up a pattern. Identifying the pencil marks make any fine adjustments. You’ll discover that the paper wall slide around quite easily when the paste is still wet. Smooth out. Move across the ceiling as before taking care. Only apply small pieces of the length to the ceiling at any one time. Cut around any external corners by marking with the scissors as before.
When the ceiling is finished, if you’ve used paper that needs moistening, we recommend the use of a roller. First of all brush a motion around the edges and the covering. When using a tray and roller, it's important to get an even covering to the page on to the roller. Pour a small amount of paint on to the grid turning the roller as we’re demonstrating here.
It’s worth mentioning that various roller pile thicknesses are available, depending on the density of the texture of the surface to be covered. The secret of a good roller technique is a slow even action, no jerky movements. This avoids any paint splattering and will result in a good over all curtain. Always work small block areas at one time. Newly papered ceiling may require more than one coat.
Now we’re going to take a look at wallpapering. When papering previously decorated walls, it's advisable to cross line, this helps to cover any imperfections in the wall from showing through. Measure up the length as required, cut and paste. Make sure you achieve a good paste covering by lining up the edge of the paper with your paste table, you can avoid getting any paste on to the table.
Folding the paste of faces together will make it easier to carry the paper up the steps or ladder. Line up the paper with the ceiling or covering. Cross lining paper always goes across the width of the wall, not from top to bottom, smooth down with your paper hanging brush, make sure any bubbles or creases are removed. Cut and paste your next piece, leave one or two millimeter gap between each piece of paper, otherwise you’ll see the joint through your top decorative wall covering.
Internal corners should be cut, but external corners can be papered around with one complete piece of paper. If severe creases are apparent, don’t attempt to brush these out, peel the paper away from the wall and reapply by brushing it back down in small sections as demonstrated here. Continue to cross line the rest of the room. Leave toe dry completely before attempting to hang your decorative wall covering.