10 tips for self-glued wallpaper on walls
Required tools: wallpaper with a suitable pattern, a small shovel, a large glue brush, a brush for gluing wallpaper. These are the basic tools. You still need to have a double ladder, a container for glue, a narrow and long table, a very long ruler (which can be made from a piece of lath).
- Smoothing the walls – the success of the entire operation depends on smoothing the walls. Place the wallpaper on a flat and smooth wall. Before that, remove (stop with plaster) all the holes and cracks (which could be outlined under the wallpaper).
- If the wall is freshly painted, wait for it to dry completely (2 months in winter and one month in summer). Then level (smooth) the walls with emery paper or a small trowel.
- Removing old posters and wallpaper – a sponge soaked in water will best help you remove any old remnants of wallpaper and posters on the walls. Remove the nails, wash the walls and plug the holes with plaster. Do not use putty (or other greasy agent) because this agent contains oil that leaves greasy stains on the walls.
- An additional wallpaper base (made of paper) will increase costs, but it is useful if the walls are excessively old, so it will make your work easier. The paper for the base should be thin and, if possible, match the color of the basic color (pattern) of the wallpaper. Old newspapers can also be used for this purpose.
- Measuring the size of the room – measure the height and width of the room. Then calculate the amount of paper you will need. Cut the paper on a long table but make it wider than measured. Coat the back of the paper with glue. Then fold the paper at the top and bottom.
- Place the wallpaper starting from the ceiling – place the first part of the wallpaper next to the ceiling itself, but carefully, because the rest of the work will be envious of this gluing. Attach near the ceiling and go down the ladder, brushing towards the lower part of the wall, then from left to right and vice versa starting from the middle.
- Then place the ends – make sure that the ends are cut off on the curry.
- Wallpaper around pipes and various objects – first measure the size (shape) of the object. Remove the circuit breakers and glue the wallpaper, and after gluing, put the switches back on.
- Accidental glue stains on the wallpaper – remove these stains immediately with a sponge soaked in water, because dried stains are difficult to remove later (because the glue is difficult to remove).
- Cleaning accessories for gluing wallpaper – do not leave brushes and containers stained with paint and glue. As soon as you stop using the tools, immediately wash all the tools with warm water and unprocessed soap. Gasoline will remove grease paint from accessories. Leave the accessories to dry with the bristles facing down (so that the brushes and other accessories regain their original appearance).
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