Wallpapering 6 - Cutting, Pasting and Soaking the Wallpaper

Margin of Error: Exact

You are now ready to cut your first piece of wallpaper. You will need to cut the paper so that there is a 2" overlap at the ceiling and floor. This excess will later be trimmed away. Also, you will want the pattern to break at the ceiling line. This pattern break line can be whatever you believe is most attractive. Hold each piece up against the wall before you cut it and mark where it will meet the baseboard and ceiling line. You can then use these lines when you hang it

Cut the paper using a straightedge and a scissors or utility knife. Change the blade in the utility knife often to avoid ripping the paper.

Soaking the Wallpaper

Margin of Error: Exact

Unlike the older types of wallpaper that needed paste spread on the back, most wallpapers today are pre-pasted with adhesives already applied. You simply soak the wallpaper in water and hang it. However, be careful that you closely follow the manufacturer's instructions. Not only is there a set period of time you need to let the paper soak in the tray, but also there is a set period during which, after it is removed from the tray, it must be booked to "cure" before being applied. This time varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, but is usually several minutes.

Pasting and Booking the Wallpaper

Most professionals apply paste even to pre-pasted wallpaper. They want that added insurance that it will properly adhere. With high-quality paper applied on a properly prepared wall, this is not needed. But consult with your supplier if in doubt

The paper is placed in the tray of lukewarm water, rolled up. The pattern side is in, and the tray is placed next to the wall directly below the area to be hung. Upon removing it from the tray, fold the wallpaper, pasted side to pasted side, so that it comes out flat. Be sure to fold the paper loosely and not crease it at the folds. This is called "booking." Allow it to cure to its maximum width before applying. Be sure that no dust or debris settles on the paper while it is curing.