Wallpaper Hanging Instructions

This paper must be hung with a high quality tub paste adhesive, by a professional decorator. Failure to use a tub paste adhesive negates all manufacturer and distributor responsibilty.

Paste is available through James Dunlop Textiles. Contact us.

Before Hanging

  • Determine whether your rolls are ‘paste the paper’ or ‘paste the wall’.
  • Check rolls are undamaged and all have the same batch reference.
  • Do you have enough rolls to complete the job?
  • All rolls must be checked for shade variation and faults before hanging.Check the direction of the design, as some will come off the roll ‘upside down’.
  • Always check against the pattern book.
  • Check labelling to see if your paper needs to be “Reverse” hung.


  • Do not hang wallpaper on a wall with a history of damp.
  • Walls should be clean, firm, dry and free from dust.
  • Roughen any painted surfaces with sandpaper.
  • Remove any existing wallpaper and fill any imperfections with a sandable filler.
  • Lining paper should be hung horizontally and allowed to dry completely.
  • Ensure that the same adhesive is used to hang both the lining paper and the wallpaper.
  • When a sealer is used, sand entire surface with 80 grit sandpaper to give a good adequate KEY.
  • Size the entire surface with a size recommended by the manufacturer.
  • In the event of using TUB PASTE this is diluted to use as a size (only when recommended).

For Darker Wallpapers
We recommend that a matching crayon or marker be used to avoid white edges showing. The lining paper may also be coloured with matching emulsion paint along the areas of paper joints, before and paper is hung.

For White/Lighter Tone Wallpapers
With some light coloured products the surface should be coated with an oil based sealer, this will avoid ghosting or show through (this is where darker marks on the surface show through the paper).
For High Gloss Wallpapers
Take additional care preparing the walls perfectly, to ensure a smooth finish.

‘Paste the Paper’

  • In all cases follow the Manufacturers Instructions.
  • Make sure the paste is applied evenly across the entire sheet.
  • In some cases, DO NOT paste more than one length at a time.
  • Do not over soak the product
  • Soak or relax time will be clearly stated on the instruction sheet that is around every roll of paper.
  • Butt all joins, do not overlap.
  • Do not allow paste to come in contact with decorative surface of the product.
  • Carefully remove all excess paste immediately with a damp sponge, failure to do so will result in serious damage to the decorative surface of the product.
  • ‘Paste the Wall’ Non-Woven Paper
  • The decorator should paste the wall and not the back of the wallcovering.

To Minimise Shrink Back

  • Ensure surface preparation is thorough.
  • Adhesive application is correct.
  • Do not force the drying process with heat. We recommend central heating is turned off during the drying period.
  • Maintenance
  • Domestic dirt may be removed by gentle washing with a damp cloth or soft brush and mild soap taking care at the joints. Do not use household cleaners.

After hanging 2–3 lengths, allow time for drying.

Inspect the results to ensure that no shading or other faults are present.
No claim for hanging costs will be allowed for goods hung in excess of one roll.


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