have hung some patterned wallpaper following the accompanying
instructions - it's now dried and i have gaps between a number of the
lengths. i used ready mixed paste and left for 4/5mins to soak. What
am i doing wrong?
Probably the recommended soak time.
What did the labile say?
You really need to let the paper sit with the paste on for the
recommended time. Too short and it shrinks as it dries. Too long and you
can end up with puckered joints.
Thanks for the replies - i soaked the paper for the recommended time
(4/5 mins) - i don't think i stretched the paper but could have and no
i didn't size the wall. Read somewhere on the net that the paste could
have been too thinly applied - i used a roller could this be the
Contrary to another reply I have found this to be a sign of soaking too
Paper will expand a little when wet and shrink as it dries, if you let
it soak for too long it will grow in width (minutely) and shrink when it
dries leaving a gap. After this happened to me once I now only paste one
sheet in advance, ie paste one at start, wait 2 mins, past second, hang
first, paste third, hang second and so on. I haven't had any problems
after following this route.
I note your comment about applying too little paste, perhaps you have
gone too far the other way, are applying too much and the excess
moisture is causing the problem as above.