The theory behind ‘Paste The Wall’ wallpaper is that there will be less mess and the job will be quicker because there is no need to soak the paper. Some manufacturers even suggest, amusingly, that you won’t need a pasting table and can simply apply the paper straight from the roll to the wall….
In reality, Paste The Wall wallpaper is more difficult to apply than traditional paste the paper wallpaper.
Here is why:
There isn’t any give in the paper.
Pasted paper will be floppy when you apply it to the wall. Paste The Wall wallpaper will be dry as a bone and this makes negotiating any obstacles more difficult because the paper won’t crease into a frame in order to be cut as neatly as possible. It won’t crease at the ceiling to make cutting a clean wall to ceiling edge nice and easy.
Cutting a stiff piece of paper around obstacles takes more time, not less.
Plus, you do still need a pasting table because if there is a pattern, you still have to cut to match it and sometimes you have to measure and cut long strips to fit certain obstacles. It helps to have a table to use for this cutting work.
The only advantage in using Paste The Wall wallpaper is that it is more stable – it doesn’t expand & contract as it dries…… actually sometimes it does, because not all Paste The Wall wallpapers are reliably stable. Some do expand just like paste the paper wallpaper, resulting in pattern mismatches…
Can’t find an advantage to using Paste The Wall wallpaper. Not a single one.
So when buying your wallpaper, check which type it is first and only buy Paste The Wall if you are prepared for the added level of difficulty.
- Don’t use on a wall with numerous obstacles – it’ll drive you mad.
- If possible remove *socket covers – this will stop you going mad.
- Always use Paste The Wall paste.
Some wallpaper manufacturers insist that you use their wallpaper paste. This is so that in the event of a problem, you can show that it really is the wallpaper that is at fault and not the wallpaper adhesive.
Paste The Wall paste is not the same as Paste The Wallpaper paste. Paste The Wall wallpaper adhesive is much stronger and usually has PVA as part of its composition.
If you are not using the paste recommended by the wallpaper manufacturer, ensure that your alternative is made by a reputable brand, i.e. Solvite, Polycell, Beeline, and ensure it is appropriate for the type of wall covering, i.e. Vinyl, embossed paper etc.
So, always use Paste The Wall paste.
And of course, always **size the wall first.
*Before doing any electrical work, switch off the electricity supply at the mains.
**Size is a solution of wallpaper adhesive which should be painted onto the wall area to be wallpapered and allowed to dry, prior to wallpapering.