Installation Instructions

Whether you decide to install the wallpaper yourself or hire a professional, it is important to consider the following points:

Before you begin, make sure you have enough wallpaper. If you are using a professional installer, have them confirm quantities. View our Measure and Calculate page for more information.

Preparation

Prepare the wall surface to be as smooth as new wallboard. Wall surfaces should be primed with an acrylic primer and allowed to dry completely before beginning installation:

  • For bare drywall, joint compound and patched surfaces: Prime with Zinsser Gardz (acrylic sealer) followed by a coat of Zinsser Shieldz (acrylic primer)
  • For previously painted surfaces (including oil-based products): Prime with Zinsser Shieldz Universal Wallcovering Primer or other high-quality white-tinted acrylic primer
  • Previously papered walls should be stripped, washed, patched, sanded, dusted and primed with Gardz and then Shieldz

Materials

We recommend using an adhesive for non-woven paper. Products that have been used successfully include:

  • Pro #880 or #838 or #543 (Roman)
  • Suregrip #122 (Zinsser)
  • Premium Grade #234 (Roman)

 

Take the time to pre-test the compatibility of the adhesive you choose with our paper, allowing the paper to dry completely. Be sure to read and follow the adhesive manufacturer’s directions.

Application

Use a short-nap paint roller to spread the adhesive in a thin, even coating across the back of the paper. 

Paper does not require a lot of pressure during installation. Use a soft bristle wallpaper smoothing brush, smoothing from the center out, to expel air bubbles. After the adhesive has set (5 – 10 minutes), secure the seam with a wooden seam roller. Avoid excessive smoothing, or seam rolling.

During and after hanging, be certain all adhesive residue is completely wiped from the surface. It is important to use a damp sponge or soft damp towel and clean warm water. Dry with a clean towel. An extra-absorbent microfiber towel is recommended.

To find a professional installer in your area, we recommend contacting the Wallcovering Installers Association at www.wallcoveringinstallers.org.