Hanging Farrow and Ball wallpaper
You know how it is, you wait for the bus then 3 come along at once!
Well after my little set back, thanks to Mr Farrow and Bobby Ball, the F&B paper I was due to hang turned up. Not only that one, but some more for another room at the old vicarage
and then we turn up at another job and there waiting for us is more of Bobby’s finest!
What to look out for before hanging
F&B wallpapers are block printed pulp paper and, whilst the paper itself is good quality, the block printing on some of the papers leaves a lot to be desired.
You really shouldn’t be having two and a half meter lengths that match top and bottom and not in the middle. And that’s on the boards before we paste them?!
As with all papers check batch and shade plus hanging instructions.
Now of course F&B are going to recommend using their paste, but after a quick phone call to them we got the go-ahead to use our tried and tested Lap cold water starch adhesive.
Paste nicely whisked up and ready to go.
You may have also noticed on the vicarage we have base coated the walls out with a colour to match the wallpaper background.
F&B send out their paper in numbered rolls and this must be hung in sequence. You will notice we have chalk numbered the wall for each drop.
As with all pulps, once pasted and booked, keep a very careful eye on soaking times. They dont half like to stretch!
I like to band my seam lines on the wall as well. What I mean by this is, work out where my paper will drop and apply a band of paste to the wall where the seams will be.
This works just as well on lining paper as well as sized/painted plaster, and gives a good lock down on the joint.
With these papers we tend to use a smoothing brush and a felt roller.
I find it trims fine with a nice fresh black olfa blade and our trusted shears.
Paper’s up, and apart from the picture rail running out of true (we didn’t put it up) and the trouble we had with the red background paper, all was well.
How we roll
Just recently I have been reading with interest the fors and againsts for using seam rollers.
I must admit, I think they are a good tool in the right hands, but I’ve seen a few too many polished joints (use a scrap of paper under the seam roller) and a few too many flattened patterns to know they can be lethal in the wrong hands.
Personally I like what god gave me the best, and that is the back of my thumb nail.
But I find a felt seam roller works well with these papers.
Cum on feel the noize!
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