Wallpapering tip


Hi peoples,
A friend of mine recently had a relative of hers round to wallpaper her living room, he does it for a living. I am doing her house up for her and suggested she have him round as it might be quicker and he will probably do a better job than me. How wrong I was, it took him 2.5 days and his handy work was poor to say the least. I could see numerous joins in the paper where it hadn't been butted up correctly, other joins over butted up and the corners were terrible. Having a guilt trip as it was my suggestion I wondered how I could repair the damage so I got my thinking cap on. What I ended up doing was making some fairly runny polyfilla and applying it with a very small paint brush, the sort an artist uses and what a transformation that took place. I thought I would share this tip with this forum as I get so much from it from time to time. Obviously it is only useful for anaglypta or Fresco wallpaper thats going to be emulsioned over but it did the trick.
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Reading this reminded me of problems I had hanging anaglypta type papers. I have wallpapered many times and you begin to learn the different handling methods for paper, vinyl, woodchip etc but blown polysterene I found the hardest of them all when it comes to corners and neat joins! I still dont know how I should have done the corners - usually I cut the paper at a corner leaving 1" on the new wall, then overlap the next piece into the corner using a plumb-bob . But with the polystyrene papers overlapping looks horrible, and it does'nt seem as maleable as other papers for the joins - any uneveness in the walls and yes, you end up with gaps! Perhaps one of the regulars here could give some pointers for hanging this type...
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GTS wrote:

Thats easy...
Cut it right down the lenght(drop) of wallpaper of each strip with a sharp stanley blade when you come to each of the corner pieces and butt up to each other the two strips. ;-)
--
Sir Benjamin Middlethwaite




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What I do and it is really good is go round the corner at least 6 inches, re plumb up again on the next wall and overlap the paper into the corner. I stick a pin through the top piece of paper so to match the pattern with the underneath as best I can so in effect the patern on the paper over the top matches almost identically with the underneath. Once you hang the piece of paper get a new blade and cut through both pieces of paper but not vertically, do a curvy cut all the way down. Then when you pull the overlaped paper away and the underneath the two remaining pieces go together like a jigsaw. I have done this many times and it is a great way around the corners. I must add though it is best with paper that you are going to emulsion over.

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