Self-adhesive wallpaper installation

Tools required: Strong ladder, Spirit Level, HB pencil, Tape measure, masking tape and a squeegee
(A Squeegee is supplied with your wallpaper) and a patient work mate.
With pre pasted wallpaper you will need a wall paper water tray.
1. Remove any furniture and obstacles from around your working area to ensure it’s clear and safe to work. Check for wall imperfections and repair defects, picture hooks, cracks and flaky paint and the like. Remove cover plates from electrical switches. Do not remove whole switch without a licenced electrician. Ensure the wall is clean and dust free.
2. Best Place to start your first drop You have ordered a wallpaper to fit your wall. To start you should work from the middle of the wall out towards each corner. To start draw a faint perpendicular line at the centre of the wall. If you have an even number of drops in your design the centre of the design will at an edge of a drop. If you have an odd number of drops then the wall centre line will align with the centre of the middle drop. To mark a starting edge line for an odd number of drops mark a point that measures half the drop width to either side of the wall centre line. Using a good spirit level draw a faint perpendicular line at these two points.
3. Measure the walls – mark out. From here continue the process marking the width of each drop until you reach the corner of the wall. You now know how the drops will fit on your wall. The edges of each drop should align with the faint lines you have drawn. This can give you comfort that the hanging of your wall paper is on the right track The next consideration is how the drop will fit from the top of the wall to the skirting board at the floor level. You need extra 20 mm of overhang on the top and the bottom of your paper to account for walls that are out of square. It is highly unlikely that your wall will be square and so to cater for this out of square issue we allow an overhang to trim the wallpaper to fit. To check that you have sufficient overhang you can follow the following guide. At the line you have marked showing the middle of the wall use your spirt level to draw a line at 90 degrees to this line. Using this line you can extend the line to each corner of the room.. Take a measurement from this middle line to the ceiling and one from the mid line to the skirting board above the floor. Record these measurements and repeat the exercise for each of the corners. Simple sum of the height difference for each of the points will allow you to confirm the amount of overhang required You have now a good set of guides to hang your wallpaper. You should now read the instructions in point 5 “Working with self-adhesive wallpaper” before you start hanging your print.
4. Hanging your drops. It is extremely important that you hang the first drop carefully because everything that follows is dependent on the position of the first drop. Take your time here and try to test each part before you expose the adhesive of each drop Your first drop should at the middle of the wall towards the right hand corner for our prints. Our self-adhesive vinyl prints have a 10 mm overlap on the right hand edge. The left hand edge of the middle drop should align perfectly with the line you have drawn on the wall marking the middle of the wall. ( in the case of a job with an odd number of drops the starting point is the line you have drawn to the left of the wall mid-point that measured half the drop width) You have also previously drawn a line that marks the midpoint of the distance between the top of the wall and the skirting board. This point should align with the middle of the first drop. To find the middle of the drop simply fold the drop over so that the top and bottom of the drop meet. Carefully put a crease at the centre of the fold which will be the middle of the drop. This crease should align with the line drawn on the middle of the wall. You have read part 5 of these instructions so peel back the top edge of the drop as explained in that section. Your work partner needs to position the left hand side of the wallpaper against the line you have drawn on the wall and also the midpoint of the drop should be positioned on the mark you have made. The left hand side of the top of the drop should be positioned against the midline of the wall. With everything positioned smooth out the wallpaper so that the exposed 150 to 300 mm of adhesive sticks to the wall. Pull the liner of the wallpaper about 300 mm and smooth the wall paper using your squeegee working in overlapping strokes down the wall. Continue this action until you have removed all the liner down to the skirting board Now the hardest part is over, have a coffee or tea and wipe the sweat off your brow. Have a look at what you have done checking that all is as it should be, all the points align. Our self-adhesive vinyl is removable which will allow you to reposition this drop if you have discovered an error.
5. Working with Self Adhesive Wallpaper. A best practice method is never remove the complete backing liner. Rather, on the top edge remove around 150 – 300mm and fold the backing liner back against itself. This offers some rigidity while offering you some level of comfort knowing your are only ‘working ‘ with a A best practice method is never remove all of the backing liner. Rather, on the top edge separate the backing around 150 – 300mm and fold this liner back against itself. This offers some rigidity while offering you some level of comfort knowing you are only ‘working‘ with a smaller section of exposed adhesive. Once the exposed area is applied to the wall the folded back section can be progressively removed while you and your installing partner smooth down selected areas. Repeat this process until the drop is completed. When using a squeegee work from the centre of the drop out to each edge in smooth light overlapping stokes. Each stoke is overlapped to ensure air bubbles are kept to an absolute minimum. If you do find air bubbles the use your squeegee and push the bubble to the nearest edge. Be careful not to be to aggressive because you may wrinkle the wallpaper. If the bubble is stubborn use a very fine sewing needle and prick a hole through the paper or vinyl and then working all round the bubble using your pin prick as a centre push the trapped air out. Nobody will ever know that there is a pin prick there if you don’t tell.
6. The second and subsequent drops Your self-adhesive wall paper has be printed with a 10 mm overlap in the design. Your job now is to align the image on the second drop so that the overlap sits exactly in the right place. Do this by eye remembering that the overlap is 10 mm and the parts of the image on the first drop will align with the second drop. You can hold the wallpaper in position with masking tape small strips regularly spaced up both sides of the drop. Step back and check that the pattern or image on your wallpaper aligns well. Once you are happy with the alignment begin again at the top by peeling back between 150 to 300 mm of liner folding this to expose the wallpaper adhesive then apply the wallpaper to the wall smoothing out by hand or with you squeegee . Remove the masking tape and continue down the wall as you did in drop one. Continue this process until the wall is covered.
7. Trim your wallpaper. Trim any excess print with a new sharp knife blade and/or a metal straight edge as a cutting guide. You should have approximately 20mm at base and on the top end each wallpaper drop.
8. Your done! Have beer glass of wine coffee or tea and sit down and admire your handiwork.

Switch plates

1. Removing Switch Plate
It’s best to remove top cover plates if applicable.
2. Smooth over Swicth. Press and smooth down the wallpaper to the edge of the switch, apply extra pressure and crease into the corner where the wallpaper meets the switch.
3. Make a cross incision. Carefully cut a diagonal cross cut to the centre inthe directions of the switch recess.
4. Continue incision to edge of switch.
Take care to lengthen the diagonal cross to the inside edge of the switch. With arm press applied ensure the wallpaper meets the edge of the switch.
5. Seal wallpaper around switch. With arm press applied ensure the wallpaper meets the edge of the switch.
6. Trim off excess. Using a new blade in your trimming knife, carefully trim excess wallpaper and replace switch cover.