How to hang lining paper

Most manufacturers will recommend the use of a lining paper for a really professional job (normally 1000 gms). If your walls have previously been gloss-painted or covered with any oil-based paint or sealer it is a good idea to apply a lining paper to give a more absorbent surface for you wallpaper to adhere to.

In addition, a good quality lining paper (there is a wide choice in the Albany range) should always be used with heavy wallcoverings or special finishes such as grasscloth, cork, hessian, handprints or flocks. Specific instructions for these will be given on the roll.
Walls that are in poor condition, where for example the plaster needs strengthening, will benefit from the use of ‘Fibre reinforced’ lining paper. Hang this with the fibre side to the wall using Albany Ready Mixed Wallpaper Adhesive, light grade.

How to hang lining paper
A lining paper can be hung vertically since the width is almost certain to be slightly different from your wallcoverings and it is unlikely that the joints of the two would coincide.

However, to be absolutely sure – or if you prefer – you can always hang the lining horizontally following the steps below:

1. Cut the lining paper into strips which measure the length of the wall plus about 25mm (1″) round the corner to the next wall.

2. Use a long spirit level and mark a horizontal line along the wall about 1″ below the first length.

3. Paste the first length and concertina fold it.

4. Working from one corner, gradually open up the folds and smooth the paper down, eliminating air and creases as you go until the other corner is reached, making sure the paper is hung parallel to the pencil line.

5. Make sure all edges are fixed down firmly, applying a little more paste to them if necessary.

6. Successive lengths should be butt jointed (leaving just the slightest gap between the edges), working from ceiling to skirting.

7. Allow lining to dry thoroughly before hanging your wallpaper.

4 Replies to “How to hang lining paper”

  1. Hi,
    If I'm using self adhesive wallpaper what paste should I use for the lining paper ?

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