Wallpaper Installation Tips & Techniques

Wallpaper Tips & Techniques

Wallpaper Installation

Paint before papering! Zinsser paints complete your decorating make-over. Paint trim, ceilings, any walls that won’t be wallpapered. Do all painting first, then paper.


1. INSPECT WALLS before you begin to see what needs doing. Prep all surfaces.

PAINTED WALLS:
• Scrape off high points, loose paint and other irregularities with Zinsser SoftGrip® 4-IN-1 Wallpaper Trim Tool or PaperScraper™.
• Fill in nail holes or cracks and sand when dry.


PAPERED WALLS:
• Remove old wallpaper by scoring with PaperTiger®.
• Select your choice among four DIF® Wallpaper Strippers.
• Spray or roll on stripper to saturate paper.
• Remove with PaperScraper™ Tool.
• Reapply DIF® to wall and scrape off all old glue.

 

2.  REPAIR DAMAGED DRYWALL to create a smooth surface for wallpaper.
• Repair all surface holes, cracks or irregularities.
• After sanding and removing dust, seal surface with Gardz®.
                 



GARDZ® PROBLEM SURFACE SEALER
Get the best results and seal the surface before papering. Gardz® offers a clear, low odor solution that covers paint and dries quickly to a hard film. Penetrates deeply into porous surfaces like uncoated drywall. Resists moisture so it won’t rewet. Covers builder’s flat paint. 
• Easy soap and water clean-up.
• Available in quart, 1 gallon and 5 gallons.


Problem Surface Sealer Qt

3. PRIME THE SURFACE you are papering.
Shieldz® primer by Zinsser makes it easier for application now and paper removal later. Start with clean, dry walls, then prime them.

SHIELDZ® WALLCOVERING PRIMERS:
Shieldz® primer rolls on any surface and is compatible with every kind of wallpaper – even new, non-woven paper. Shieldz® is ideal for covering new builder’s paint, paneling, glossy surfaces and “impossible to remove” wallcovering. Makes positioning easier, promotes excellent adhesion. Shieldz® is available in white or clear.

Prime

Prime

SHIELDZ® UNIVERSAL WALLCOVERING PRIMER:
A one-coat solution to hide, prime and seal walls in one easy step. White primer makes the paper easier to move for seam match; stops curling and bubbling. Formulated with Zinsser’s exclusive “Mold & Mildew Shield” with the convenience of low odor and soap and water clean-up. Because it is tintable, it can hide seams – especially if the paper has a dark background. Match it with one of Zinsser’s custom colors.
• Available in quart, 1 gallon and 5 gallon sizes.



02504 Universal Wallcovering Primer Qt


SHIELDZ® CLEAR WALL SIZE:
Any wall being papered needs to be sized first to make it easier to work with the wallpaper. Clear, ready-to-use acrylic wall sizing adheres to vinyl, paneling, and other difficult surfaces. Helps paper move easily for perfect seam alignment and adhesion. Tintable formula dries in just two hours. One can does a large room. Economical. Soap and water clean-up and low odor make this a good wallpaper prep choice.
• Available in quart and 1 gallon sizes.

 02101 Shieldz Clear Acrylic Wallpaper Primer Gallon



WALLPAPER PASTING
Prepare workplace before hanging the wallpaper. Begin by removing as much furniture from the room as possible. Cover the floor with a dropcloth and turn off power to room switches and outlets. Set up a large worktable. A piece of plywood over two sawhorses works well. Your wallpaper store may rent a wallpaper table for a small fee. Be sure to reserve it when you place the order. Buy an extra roll of paper to allow for any patching needed.




Pasting

SUREGRIP® WALLCOVERING ADHESIVES:
Provides superior adhesion for all types of wallcoverings, including printed and vinyl surfaces. Its mold and mildew-resistant formula make it ideal for high humidity areas, such as laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Plus, it’s completely strippable for easy removal when you’re ready to redecorate.


SUREGRIP® 120 ACTIVATOR FOR PRE-PASTED WALLPAPER ADHESIVE:
A specially formulated, ready to-use adhesive for pre-pasted borders and wallcoverings applied to painted and primed walls. It activates the paste on these pre-pasted surfaces for better adhesion.
• Avoids pre-wetting water box mess.
• Doesn’t dry as fast as water, so there is more time to work with wallpaper.
• Easy water cleanup.
• Strips easily when you want to redecorate.
• Available in ½ gallon and 1 gallon sizes.
                 

Suregrip 12 Activator for Pre-pasted Wallpaper Adhesive Gallon



SUREGRIP® UNIVERSAL WALLCOVERING ADHESIVE:
The one adhesive for any wallcovering or border
• Pre-pasted. 
• Non-pasted. 
• Paste-the-wall.
• Borders over vinyl.
Non-woven borders adhere to any type of vinyl surface. Unique pink formula lets you see any missed spots as paste is applied, then dries clear. This adhesive makes it easy to slide the paper when necessary to reposition. It never stains and cleanup is simple. Dries clear.

Suregrip Universal Wallcovering Adhesive

AVAILABLE IN SPECIALLY DESIGNED CONTAINERS AND SIZES FOR EVERY PURPOSE:
• Dip & Roll pail makes application a snap.
• Pail comes in 1.3 gallons and covers up to 5-6 double rolls or 390 sq. ft./1.3 gallon.
• Roller applicator bottle makes application easy and is great for pasting borders.
• Pail comes in three sizes: gallon, quart and 16 oz.

Note: Select the proper adhesive based on conditions, like surface and wallcovering type and humidity level. Or, call the Rust-Oleum Help-line 800-323-3584.


Wall Paste








Wall Paste


INSTALL PAPER — CUT, PASTE AND HANG
MEASURE AND CUT THE PAPER Measure wall height carefully from ceiling or crown molding to baseboard. Determine where you want the pattern to meet the ceiling. Measure out a length approximately 4” longer than the wall. Mark the top of the sheet where pattern will begin. Cut so pattern repeats in the same place on adjacent sheets. Walls are not always perfectly straight. Make minor adjustments so pattern repeats correctly. Allow an extra 1/2” width for sheets that wrap into inside corners (called a lap seam). Hang the next sheet on top of this lap seam. Draw a new plum line after rounding a corner to be sure paper continues to hang straight.











USE THE RIGHT TOOLS
Zinsser makes a selection of professional quality rollers, sponges, knives, scissors, prep trays, wallpaper and border kits. Ergonomic designs and innovative features not found in bargain choices make wallpaper and border projects more enjoyable, easier and faster. 

ZINSSER SOFTGRIP® DECOR SHEARS
Stainless steel blades are corrosion-resistant and work left- or right-handed.




ZINSSER RAZOR KNIFE
Heavy duty swing-lock firmly secures blade and makes changing the blade safe and easy. Large handle provides extra leverage and stores 4 of the 5 blades included in each package.


Wallpaper Trimmer Razor Knife


ZINSSER SNAP-OFF KNIFE
Reversible blades work left- or right handed. Heavy Duty swing lock holds blade securely to make changing blade safe and easy. Each knife comes with 3 sharp snap-off blades.

98043 Softgrip Snap-off Knives 18mm

ZINSSER SOFTGRIP®
4-IN-1 WALLPAPER TRIM TOOL Multipurpose tool functions as a trim guide, burnishing tool, wall scraper and spackling applicator all in one!

4-in-1 Wallpaper Trim Tool



APPLY ADHESIVE
Lay a cut sheet on the work table, face down. Using a paint roller or the applicator, apply a thin coating of wallpaper adhesive to the back of the paper. For better adhesion to the wall, pasting is recommended even on self adhesive wallpaper. After paste is applied to the entire strip, fold paper to the middle for easy carrying. Be careful not to crease or tear edges.

Tip: To keep paste off work surface and prevent it from coating the next sheet, slide the sheet to the table edge. This allows you to apply paste to ends and edges without getting it on the surface of the table. Wipe off any paste on table or front of paper immediately with a clean, damp sponge.
Apply Adhesive


HANGING THE PAPER
Make sure wallpaper is hung straight from top to bottom. In an inconspicuous corner of the room, draw a plumb line 1/4” narrower than the width of the paper, using a level to keep the line vertical. Starting at the top of the wall, make sure paper is flush to the ceiling. Even the smallest gap can get bigger as you continue matching the repeat around the room. Have the Zinsser Flexible Smoothing Tool at the ready to smooth each sheet as soon as it is hung.

Hanging Paper



The smoothing tool removes any wrinkles or small bubbles and presses seams together to avoid gaps. Start at the top of the paper. Work from the center to each edge, using vertical strokes so paper does not shift or tear. Wipe away any excess glue with warm water and a clean sponge. The secret to wallpapering success is using the right tools. Trim excess paper top and bottom. Use the Zinsser Flexible Smoothing Tool as a straight edge. Trim the excess with the SoftGrip® Razor Knife or Zinsser Snap-Off Knife. Continue hanging each new sheet starting at the ceiling again, carefully matching the pattern and butting up seams.



Spread


Spread
Spread


ZINSSER FLEXIBLE SMOOTHING TOOL:
• Smooths wallpaper and borders.
• Guides corner trimming.
• Great as a paint shield.

Smoothing the wallpaper often pushes adhesive past the seam. Zinsser’s durable Wall and Wallcovering Sponge is made especially to clean up this excess from wall surfaces, ceilings, and baseboards after smoothing and trimming.

Flexible Smoothing Tool


WALL AND WALLCOVERING SPONGE:
• Super absorbent – picks up a lot of paste.
• Extremely durable.
• Easy to rinse.
• Contoured for easy grip.
• Safe for any surface.
• 8” long, 3” thick, 4.5” wide.
                 

Wall and Wallcovering Sponge


REFRESH THE REST OF THE ROOM
To make your room decorator gorgeous, paint ceiling, trim, and walls that you do not intend to paper before wallpapering. Two specialty Zinsser paints offer fresh ideas!



ZINSSER CEILING PAINT 
Paint And Primer In One How do you paint a white ceiling white again and not miss a spot? Simple – choose Zinsser ceiling white. It goes on pink to enable total, flawless coverage. Dries to a bright white, stain blocking sheen in an hour. Low VOC, advanced water base formula delivers high-hide, high performance. Paint & Primer In One offers one coat ease and “no spatter” formula. Ideal for kitchens, baths, laundry rooms, basements and closets where mold & mildew can grow. Zinsser has every ceiling covered.
Ceiling Paint


WATERTITE®-LX LATEX-BASE PAINT
The ideal waterproof wall paint for a smooth, bright white finish. Tintable, low-odor formula can match any Zinsser custom color. Resists 20 lbs. of water pressure.
Only Watertite®-LX has:
• Mold & Mildew-Proof 10 Year Guarantee.
• 15 Year Waterproof Guarantee.
• Available in quart, 1 gallon, 3 gallon and 5 gallon sizes.

Watertite Mold and Mildew Proof Waterproofing Paint Gallon