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Prepasted Border Instructions

How do I Apply Prepasted Borders?

Important Check

  • Check that the number of rolls and the reference correspond correctly with your order and that they have the same batch number on matching patterns.
  • Manufacturers instructions vary and you should follow these when delivered with the product.


  • Water trough
  • Sponge
  • Pencil
  • Sharp adjustable blade knife
  • Straight edge ruler and or spirit level
  • An old sheet or similar object to protect your floor.

Summary of steps for hanging solid vinyl and vinyl coated prepasted borders

Ensure the surfaces are clean, smooth and dry

  • For professional results it is important to prepare the surfaces to be decorated.
  • Ensure surfaces to be decorated are clean and dry.
  • High gloss and semi-gloss paint finishes should be sanded in order for adhesive to grip. (80 grit sand paper)
  • Allow for fresh paint a couple of weeks to cure before applying the border.
  • A coating of wall size should be used. This will assist in the easy removal for borders and wallpapers when redecorating.
  • If applying borders over new wallcoverings, make sure the wallcovering is completely dry.
  • If applying over vinyl wallcovering, you must use water based vinyl-to-vinyl border adhesive after immersing in water.

Draw a line as a guide

  • If you have no edge to work to, use a level and draw a pencil line as a guide for the bottom of the border.
  • Measure the length of border you wish to adhere for each repeat of the process and pre-cut a sufficient number of these lengths to complete the room.
  • If two people are on the job longer lengths can be applied and the number of joins is therefore reduced.
  • When working out where joins will appear it is better to go around internal and external corners where possible.

Wet border and apply

  • Check the manufacturers instructions for curing times and to ensure the correct adhesive is being used.
  • If you roll the border with the pattern side in.
  • Immerse the border in lukewarm water by dragging it under the wire in the trough.
  • Any section should be in the water for no more than a few seconds. Just enough to get wet as any longer causes the paste to wash off.
  • Unroll border as you remove it from the water making sure every part of the paste is wet.
  • If it is necessary to apply additional border adhesive it is done at this stage.
  • Loosely fold with the pasted sides together in a concertina style with pasted sides together.
  • Leave the paper to rest for a few minutes to "book". This lets the paper relax more and the paste and paper start the process together.
  • Unfold and apply following the level line.
  • Wallpaper borders have "slip", so you can gently slide it into position.
  • Smooth border and wall surface with a damp sponge.
  • Wipe away the excess paste and water as you go.
  • When a second or further roll is being adhered, over lap a small section of border with the one already on the wall. Finish applying the remaining of the concertina border as described above and then complete the join as follows.

Finish off joins

  • Where there are two overlapping sections of border the excess is removed as follows:
  • Place a ruler or straight edge so that is runs vertically on a section where the border overlaps. With a sharp cutter knife, cut along the rule, applying enough pressure to cut through both strips. Remove the excess paper on top and underneath.
  • Remove any excess paper using a sharp cutter knife being careful not to tear any border that is damp with water and paste.
  • To mitre corners: overlap strips, one on top of the other. Place a ruler or straight edge so that it runs from the inside corner to the outside corner. With a sharp cutter knife, cut along the rule, applying enough pressure to cut through both strips. Remove the excess paper on top and underneath.

Notes: If you do not have a trough, ensure the re-rolling is super loose and immerse in a bucket of water or bath for very wide borders. For sections less than the roll measurement, cut these and wet these bits as required. Do not leave another piece of the border soaking in the water while you are hanging as soaking too long removes the paste.


Careful removal of wallpapers will minimise any wall damage.

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.

Ultra-strippable Wallpaper: Lift up a bottom corner and peeling steadily up towards the top. It is completely strippable in full sheets.

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