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Unpasted Vinyl Wallpaper Instructions

How do I Apply Unpasted Vinyl Wallpapers?

Important Check

  • These instructions are to help with the manufacturers instructions that are delivered with the product.
  • Check that product corresponds correctly with your order.
  • Typically high end, designers wallpapers are unpasted so the manufacturer will specify if you paste the back of the paper or use paste-the-wall methods.
  • Avoid getting paste on the front of the paper that may mark the front of the paper.
  • The other types of paper that may be unpasted are heavier wallpapers. Pasting with a more concentrated paste is then recommended.
  • Only use paste-the-wall when the manufacturers instructions specify this method. Some papers require paste the paper to help relax the paper fibres before hanging.
  • For paste-the-wall wallcoverings more help is available here.
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge ruler
  • Level or plumb
  • Paste
  • Paste Brush or roller
  • Knife or snap off blade
  • Sponge & bucket of clean water
  • Smoothing brush or plastic smoother
  • Tape Measure
  • 4" - 6" inch Putty knife and or straight edge
  • A pencil
  • Step stool
  • An old sheet or similar object to protect your floor.

Summary of steps for hanging solid vinyl and vinyl coated unpasted wallpapers

Ensure the surfaces are clean, smooth and dry

  • Make sure the walls are clean of all debris and that the surface is smooth.
  • Fill and smooth out any holes or rough areas on the walls as they may affect the final finish of your wallpaper.
  • You should also remove all face-plates and socket covers before beginning, taking care to turn off power first for safety.
  • When deciding where to begin, if hanging wallpaper on all four (4) walls you ideally want to start in the most inconspicuous corner of the room.
  • Some examples of an ideal place to start would be in the back corner of the room, behind a door or a large piece of furniture.

Draw a line as a guide

  • The most crucial step in hanging wallpaper is making sure the first strip is straight and level. This will impact the rest of the room so it is important to take your time and do this first step correctly.
  • Measure out from the corner the width of the paper minus 2cm and mark with a pencil.
  • Place a level at the mark and draw a straight, vertical line (plumb line).
  • Every time you reach a corner or start a new wall, follow this procedure to make sure you are hanging the wallpaper straight.
  • Cut wallpaper - Measure the height of your wall and add 15cm before you cut the first strip. You will need an extra 5cm at the top and bottom for trimming.
  • ALWAYS use a sharp knife or blade for every cut. Try not to lift the knife when making long cuts. We suggest that you move the hard edge of the level or ruler and then follow with the knife.
  • See the design to check the pattern matches before cutting additional strips! Depending on the "match" or "half drop match" of your wallpaper pattern, you may need to account for the pattern repeat to make sure that your wallpaper matches up horizontally and vertically.

Organise the paste and apply to wallpaper

  • If you need to mix the paste first, follow the manufacturer’s instructions or open your premixed adhesive.
  • Apply directly to the back of the paper.
  • Lay the strip of wallpaper face down on your work surface.
  • Brush paste on to the top half of your paper and gently fold that section back to meet the middle. Brush paste on the remaining half and fold the bottom end in to meet the middle.
  • Allow the paper to rest in this "booked" position for 10 minutes while the paste becomes fully activated and the paper is prepare.

Hanging your first strip of wallpaper

  • Start on the least conspicuous wall of the room, where you have previously used a level to draw your plumb line.
  • Unfold the top half of the strip and apply to the wall, letting a little bit of the wallpaper overlap the ceiling and adjoining wall. Make sure your pattern is right side up!
  • Slide the paper into position so it lines up on the plumb line that you created.
  • Using a wallpaper smoothing tool or soft cloth, gently press the strip to the wall. Be careful not to stretch the wallpaper while positioning. Do not push and pull into place.
  • Unfold the bottom half and smooth into place.
  • Smooth the entire strip, working diagonally from the top down and from the center outward to attach all surfaces to the wall and remove any air pockets.
  • Wash off excess paste with a damp sponge and clean water. Remember always to use clean water.

Finish off by trimming the wallpaper

  • Using the straight edge as a guide, trim the excess paper along the ceiling and baseboard with a sharp razor knife.
  • Always use a sharp knife or blade for every cut and do not to lift your knife when making long cuts.
  • Wash paste off ceiling and baseboards with a wet sponge and clean water.
  • You can wash scrubbable and washable papers. Do not get paste on sensitive surfaces such as grass cloths, screen printed designs and flock.


  • Using the same procedures to cut and apply more wallpaper strips, matching the pattern to the previous strip.
  • Touch the edges tightly together, but don’t overlap the strips.
  • Make a new plumb line on each new wall.


Strippable Wallpaper: Wallpaper or border that is easily removed without damaging the wall. Strippable papers remove both the cover and backing at the same time.

Peelable Wallpaper: Wallpaper or border of which the front and middle layers can be stripped away, exposing the backing material and making removal easier. Once the backing is exposed, it can then be saturated with hot soapy water and scraped from the wall.

Nonwoven Wallcoverings: Wallpapers or borders that are made of non woven fabrics are the easiest to strip off. Simply lift the end of each strip at the bottom. Grab the wallpaper and pull up the wall to remove. Once removed, use a soft sponge and clean warm water to remove paste from the wall.

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