Preparing your wall for our gallery wallpaper
If you go to the trouble of preparing your wall correctly before installing the wallpaper you will ensure that you have the best looking job and that your hard work has been worth it by giving a long life to the beautiful product of your labours.
Here’s a quick guide to prepare the wall and hang your new wallpaper.
Your starting point:
If your wall is Plaster
Obviously you’d like the very best result possible and therefore it’s important to start with as perfect a surface on your plaster as possible, so make sure the plaster is smooth, clean and dry with no bumps, loose plaster or contaminants. 24 hours before you start work putting the wallpaper on the wall coat the prepared plaster with a good quality seal/primer.
If you have painted walls
Our advice to our customers is that wallpaper is best installed on matt emulsion paint only. Old, flaking paint will need to be scraped and sanded to a smooth surface. Finish the wall with a good quality wall sealer/ primer. If the paint on the walls is not emulsion then coat the wall with a budget matt emulsion.
If you have to put a fresh coat of matt emulsion on the walls then allow 2 to 3 weeks drying time before installing your mural.
If your walls are already wallpapered
First it is vital that you remove any old wallpaper from the walls before you consider installation. Once you have removed the paper follow the instructions above for either plaster walls or painted ones. Lining paper must NOT be used underneath your wall mural. Once the wall is in a clean, healthy state seal/prime before installation.
If you are going to fit Self-Adhesive Wallpapers
It is absolutely essential that ALL surfaces you want to put the wallpaper on are smooth, flat and without any imperfections caused by dust, grit or flaky remnants. The final finish on any type of wall must be a primer/sealer to ensure maximum adhesion. Any wallpaper will have a slight degree of transparency, so primers other than white may show through slightly, depending on the colours contained within your wallpaper print itself.
You will need:
Wallpaper Roller or Brush
Your wallpaper is supplied in pieces each numbered at the bottom.
Lay them out in order and leave to rest for several hours.
Make sure that you check over your wallpaper carefully when you open it.
Before application, sponge/ spray your prepared wall with water.
It is recommended that you work left to right.
Use a spirit level and tape measure to draw a straight vertical line fractionally before the point where the first panel will finish.
Don’t forget to allow for the bleed/extra bit of paper.
Once you’ve done this you will have created a perfect template for your first wallpaper panel. You just have to ensure your paper lines up with the line perfectly.
In the first panel’s location apply wallpaper paste using a medium pile paint roller.
Putting the first panel on the wall in the pasted area is now the next step. As you put the paper up don’t squeeze any paste out of the edges and make sure you leave any extra bleed at the top, bottom and side for trimming later.
You can carefully smooth out any wrinkles or bubbles from the top of the panel to the bottom using a damp sponge or brush.
One section at a time, paste the wall carefully to the width of the next panel. You can then fit the next panel onto the wall. Continue this process for the rest of the width, lining each panel up carefully and sliding each panel into place without overlapping but making their edges meet perfectly.
Smooth each panel as before after you finish each one.
To complete the job carefully and give it the true ‘professional touch’ trim the top, the bottom, the left side and the right of your finished wall with a sharp blade.
If you cast a critical eye over the whole wall you may find you need to use a damp sponge/brush to remove any excess paste.
Then, as you admire the fruits of your efforts, think about where else you could put a beautiful image like the one you’re looking at.