If you are like us, you ripped open your package like it was 6am on Christmas and you were trying to eat your chocolate before your mom woke up, so you probably already checked for defects. If not, please do check that you received what you were expecting. No cut or pasted wallpapers will be accepted for exchange, and we want you to have exactly what you’ve been dreaming about.
We highly recommend hiring a professional installer to work with you on your project. Not to say that you aren’t a daring go-getter with a DIY spirit, but we cannot take responsibility or compensate for any costs of labor or materials associated with installation.
Our current line of papers are all Paste to Paper. Paste should be applied to paper, paper should be booked, and then adhered to the wall. Be sure that you have a clear floor space or a raised surface where the papers can be unrolled to apply adhesive, and then left to rest until ready to hang. We recommend cutting the roll to the lengths you need first. This will help keep the pasting more manageable.
If you are running off now to get your supplies prepped, please remember that moisture is BAD! Mildew, mold, water damage, damp surfaces; all more reasons why we would not be able to work with you to replace your gorgeous new paper if things turn south. We recommend that you clean the walls with a mildew inhibiting cleaning agent, apply a mildew inhibiting primer, and use a mildew inhibiting adhesive. All of this inhibition will lead to the greatest exhibition of your wall art!
Last note before you get started: Paper should be stored and applied in a dry, cool room. Keeping your room around 65F for 48F before and after installation will ensure that the paper does not become brittle, and the that adhesive will dry completely, with no strange tackiness. Because, while we may lean a little quirky, we don’t recommend tacky.…
- All hanging surfaces must be clean, smooth, dry, undamaged, free of mold, mildew, grease or stains, and structurally intact. All loose paint and other wallcoverings should be removed. If moisture is present, immediately identify and eliminate the source(s) of the moisture and verify that all wall surfaces are completely dry before proceeding.
- Any mold or mildew MUST be removed from walls and hanging surfaces prior to installation. Walls should not contain in excess of 4% residual moisture content. A moisture meter should be used to determine moisture content. Moisture infiltration and accumulation can lead to mold or mildew growth and must be corrected PRIOR to the installation of the wallcovering. If you are unsure if moisture problems are present, consult a qualified professional before proceeding. This product is intended for use in buildings that are properly designed and maintained to avoid moisture infiltration, condensation and or accumulation at wall cavities and wall surfaces, particularly in warm, humid climates. Walls should also be treated with bleach, Lysol and/or other approved, mildew inhibiting products in order to inhibit further mildew growth. No liability will be taken for any performance and/or quality issues if moisture problems are not addressed before installation, and/or if the building is not properly maintained to prevent moisture infiltration following installation.
- Proper surface preparation is key to getting great results. To prepare the surface properly, we recommend that you prime all surfaces with a universal, white-pigmented, mold inhibiting wallcovering primer. Where there is a color contrast between the wall surface and the wallcovering, it is always best to tint the primer to match the color of the wallcovering.
- For new drywall construction, a coat of wallcovering primer should be applied to the surface before application of wallcovering. Use a primer that dries to a solid color to conceal drywall joints.
- Use only a lead pencil for marking walls and back of wallcovering. Do not use ballpoint or marking pen, they will bleed through the surface.
- Do not install wallcovering unless a temperature above 65º F is maintained in both areas of installation and storage for at least 48 hours prior to installation.
- In some instances it might be best to cross-line the wall horizontally with a good quality lining paper. Talk with your installer about whether this is the right choice for your space.
- If your walls are freshly plastered please ensure they are suitably sealed.
Hang wallcovering with a premium quality heavy-duty clear premixed adhesive. Use of a mildew inhibitor in the adhesive is recommended as above instructions. Do not dilute adhesive. Brush an even coat of paste over entire back of wallcovering. Pay attention to run over edges so they are sure to be pasted. Book material for ten minutes.
Applying Wallcovering to Wall Surface
Once your walls are prepared, but before you hang your paper, we recommend that you use a level to draw a straight vertical line against which you will line up your paper. Many walls are not plumb, and you want your paper to be aligned to a straight line, not the wall edge.
- Determine whether the pattern match is random, straight across, or drop match. Measure the wall height, allowing for pattern match, add 4 inches, and then cut the wallcovering. It will overlap onto the ceiling and the base approximately 2 inches.
- Apply the recommended adhesive to the back using either a pasting machine or paint roller. Work the adhesive in, to cover the back completely, especially near the edges. Fold each end toward the middle, pasted sides together, aligning the edges carefully so they do not dry out. CAUTION: Do not crease wallcovering. Allow to “relax” for ten minutes (booking). This will allow the adhesive to penetrate the wallcovering fabric, which is important to a successful installation.
- WITH ALL DIRECTIONAL PATTERNS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO LINE UP PATTERNS AT EYE LEVEL ALLOWING ANY DRIFT IN LINEUP TO RUN OFF TOWARD CEILING AND FLOOR. THE STANDARD ALLOWANCE IS ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH UP OR DOWN. IF PATTERN IS LINED UP AT THE CEILING THE PATTERN WILL BEGIN MISALIGNMENT SOONER AND THE GAP WILL BE LARGER. ALSO, MOST PATTERNS WILL BE VIEWED AT EYE LEVEL THEREFORE IT IS THAT AREA THAT NEEDS TO LOOK ALIGNED. IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT PATTERN LINEUP, CONTACT SUPPLIER. BE SURE FIRST DROP OF WALLCOVERING IS SQUARE ON WALL BY PLUMBING THE WALL AND USING A LEVEL.
- Avoid burnishing the face of the material. Use a wallcovering brush or a flexible plastic scraper to smooth the wallcovering onto the wall. For optimal durability we recommend top coating with a clear topcoat to help protect the surface of the wallcovering pattern from stain and abrasion. Most topcoats can be applied with a paint roller either before installation or after installation. Please contact us for more information.
- Do not rub. Do not allow vinyl adhesive to dry on surface as it may leave a white residue. Wash off excess paste from face of wallcovering as you hang it with a cellulose sponge. The cellulose sponge must be rinsed in clean water after every use. Blot dry with a clean cloth.
- Place the second strip to the edge of the first strip. Tape seams before overlapping and double cutting to avoid getting adhesive on the wallcovering. If paste does get on the face, clean it off immediately with clean warm water and blot dry with a clean lint less towel. Use a soft bristle brush to wash the ceiling and the baseboard to remove any paste residue. Do not leave any overlap on the seams since paper will not adhere to itself. *Seams should be vertical, have a tight fit, and be free from air and paste bubbles. Seams should not be located closer than 6” to corners.
- After three panels are smoothed to wall surface and excess paste removed, examine the installed panels for color uniformity. Any objectionable variations in color match, pattern match, etc.…should be immediately communicated for inspection before proceeding further with installation.
- After installation, the walls and wallcovering should be monitored for potential moisture or vapor infiltration or accumulation. Any such infiltration/accumulation after installation must be promptly eliminated in order to reduce the risk of mold/mildew growth.