Wallpapering Staircase in a Period Property in Northamptonshire
Some more information about wallpapering a staircase in a period property in Northamptonshire, from Traditional Painter’s Paul Barber who is a master wallpaper hanger.
Preparing the walls
I seal the cracks with PVA and once dry, fill with Toupret interior filler. It is a very fine powder filler that rubs down to a very smooth finish.
I always apply two fills, as the first run will sink in slightly. The filling was then rubbed down and I sealed the complete area with PVA.
The lining paper I like to use is Albany, supplied by Brewers. This is a very good quality virgin paper, which I prefer to a recycled paper.
1000 to 1200 grade is suitable for most redecoration work, depending on the condition of the substrate.
When hanging the lining be very careful not to overlap the seams, leave a 1mm gap.
I normally use Solvite Extra strong powder mix for the lining. I have never had a problem with this in over 30 years of using it.
Prior to hanging the finish wall covering
When I am ready to hang the finished wall covering, I assume nothing! The first job is to double check the cross lining that you have carried out, to make sure there are no imperfections showing through your lined walls.
I like to flat down the lining before hanging the finished wall covering.
Wallpaper Hangers Guild
The products I use in this scenario, and some of the extra steps, like checking and flatting the lining paper, may seem a little out of step with mainstream practice, but all I can say is, it works for me and if it didn’t, I wouldn’t be a longstanding member of the Wallpaper Hangers Guild!
The WHG is the wallpaperers’ equivalent of Traditional Painter, in that not just anyone has the experience and the patience and application to hang the trickiest wallpapers in the trickiest scenarios. It is the little things that set the masters apart. Having just spent 2 days filling and sanding and cutting out a “top decorator’s” lining paper before it was fit for hanging 30 rolls of fine wallcovering, I think my system works 🙂
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