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How to remove overlap in lining paper

Listed under Blog, preparation Posted Sep 11 2010

If lining paper swells and shrinks unevenly, you might find the joints overlap in places. Don’t despair. It happens to the best of us – sometimes.

The simple solution is to apply the paste evenly with a 9″ medium pile roller, or paste machine if you have one, and let the paper soak well, (about 10 minutes). When you are hanging the paper, use a damp sponge on the joints and make sure every inch of every joint is nice and tight.

If you throw the paper up and don’t pay enough attention, usually the overlaps or big open joints appear – especially over the last few inches of pieces into the corners (if you hang horizontal) or down near the skirting board (if you hang vertical). So double check before moving on to the next piece.

If you do see an overlap when you get back to the job in the morning, gently rub the joint down with 180 grade abrasive paper. Don’t rub the paper away, just down!

Decorating is a big psychological battle, so if you don’t have an aim to improve and / or be faster next time… even wallpapering can get very boring.

I have gone into more detail about duff joints and which way to hang lining paper and why, on a FAQ site. If you have any questions related to lining or wallpapering, just ask.

And I don’t think I would recommend lining a ceiling like these guys!

I travel a lot lighter! This explains the tools I use for wallpapering.



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10 comments to “How to remove overlap in lining paper”

  1. acmasterpainter

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  2. caterina

    our decorator as overlapped between one and three inches in a few places and said our wall is not straight. its was then painted and on one wall you can see a rip on the paper. He says this is what you do when a wall is not staight.

  3. Andy Crichton Andy Crichton

    the theory is correct with tearing if necessary but it all sounds a bit excessive. 3″ – can’t be that wobbly a wall?

  4. caterina

    I am not happy with the finish because you can see tiny specks of what looks like grit or dirt covered up by paper. Decorator says my plaster was coming away. If he had used PVA would this still happen?

  5. Andy Crichton Andy Crichton

    Hi is there a nice way of saying that, for whatever reason, the job was poorly executed? If there are grit bits showing through this confirms the lack of care taken lining your walls.

    In my opinion PVA is not a cureall for surfaces to be papered, whereas products like Beeline Primer Sealer and Zinsser Gardz are. Having said that, none of these products will cure the issues where the walls were not thoroughly dusted down / vacuumed before being sized, PVA’d, primer sealed or papered.

    If it is any consolation, we come across poor lining regularly. You can rectify the grit to a certain degree by hitting the paper flat with a hammer and make good any blemishes with a decent trade filler. Touch in the filler with the finish paint and then repaint. A colleague was telling me he spent 2 days filling, sanding and generally trying to sort out NEW lining paper that “professional” decorators had just hung in advance of him hanging 30+ rolls of expensive wallpaper.

    I don’t know anything about your job in terms of the agreement for the work being done on price or daywork, but vacuuming walls takes no time, whatever price a decorator is charging, and even if you have the biggest house in the UK, professional pride would make any professional decorator vacuum the walls, even if they lost money. And a tool like the Wooster Dust Eater would clean walls of grit as quickly as it takes to explain how it works. If the process of rolling or brushing on PVA dislodged loose grit then the decorator should have worked out how to spray it on, or denibbed it when dry before papering.. or maybe the grit was in the paste… but whatever the reason, if decorators have pride in their work, they have to work something out before signing the job over as finished.

  6. Mark West Mark West

    If I come across an untrue wall and have to overlap with lining paper I always do a double cut with a trimming blade and spirit level. No overlap remains and headache sorted.

  7. caterina

    Thank you Andy for your advice I feel allot better now. But my silly dec was not too impressed when I asked him if he had vacuumed the wall. He asked me what idiot from the DiIY store had I got that info from! Yes Mark, cutting the overlap sounds good but my dec as gone for putting on plaster, sanding down an repainting. Because he is spending so much extra time with all the repairs ( so much to tell you all but I wont bore you) He is now saying that he wont have time to paint the under-stairs area and that it was not on the quote and that he would of done it as a freebie if he had time. But not every thing he as done is on the quote so he is talking rubbish. Luckily I have not paid him yet.

  8. Andy Crichton Andy Crichton

    Never worked in a DIY store myself but I do know that any dec worth their salt these days won’t leave home without a vacuum 🙂 One way or the other it sounds like you will end up with uniformly painted walls, which is the main thing.

  9. Stephen longhurst

    I’ve crossed lined over existing wallpaper as the wall behind is plaster board and has not been plastered but some of the seems are opening up what should I do ?

  10. Andy Crichton Andy Crichton

    That was a risky move depending on the paper and how well it was hung. What was the wall papered with before you lined over it? Did you seal the wallpaper with Gardz or Beeline Primer Sealer to try give yourself a chance not to dislodge the wallpaper when the lining paper was hung?

    I can only suggest you dampen the seams that are lifting, and brush on some heavy duty tub paste and hope that sticks it back down.

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