How to Install Panoramic Wallpaper?

You've received your panoramic wallpaper and are ready to install it on your wall. Here are the steps to follow for a successful installation. Make sure you have a few hours available as this process requires time.

Materials Needed

Here is a list of tools you will need to install the wallpaper:

  • Paste brush
  • Smoothing brush (or smoothing spatula)
  • Small brush
  • Wallpaper seam roller
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Bucket or container for paste
  • Stick for stirring the paste
  • Utility knife
  • Large ruler
  • Plumb line
  • Magic sponge
  • Sponge
  • Clean cloth
  • Step ladder

Wall Preparation
The wall to be covered must be dry, clean, and even. For a painted wall, lightly sand the surface to ensure the paste adheres well. If the surface is porous or if it's a new wall, apply a primer to protect the wall and make it properly absorbent. For a wallpaper with a light background, the base wall should be white.

Check Your Wallpaper
Before starting the installation, inspect the wallpaper strips: check dimensions, color, pattern position, and alignment. The strips are numbered for easier installation, so just place them in order.

Keep Your Hands Clean
Throughout the process, it's important to keep your hands clean to avoid staining the wallpaper. If you notice fingerprints once you're finished, you can use a magic sponge.

You may also want to have a bucket of water and a sponge handy to clean any paste spills or to clean your tools.

Prepare the Paste
Prepare the paste suitable for the type of wallpaper you have chosen (non-woven wallpaper, reinforced wallpaper, etc.) according to the quantities indicated by the manufacturer. Follow the instructions on the paste package for preparation.

Draw a Guide Line on the Wall
Installing the first strip is crucial as it determines the alignment of the subsequent strips. Strip No. 1 must be perfectly straight to avoid a skewed final result.

To do this, do not rely on the corner of the wall or ceiling but use a plumb line. Draw a light, perfectly vertical line the width of your strip: this will be your guide for applying strip No. 1.

Apply Paste to the Wall
You don’t need a wallpapering table because the paste is applied directly to the wall to be covered.

Using a roller or a special brush, generously apply the paste to the area where the first strip will go. Then, proceed to install the wallpaper directly.

Install the First Strip
Place the design at the desired height and unroll your strip from the floor to the ceiling, following the vertical guide. Use your smoothing brush to push out air from the center to the edges. This will also remove excess paste.

If paste gets on the wallpaper, gently remove the excess with a damp sponge.

Continue with the Next Strips
For the second strip, apply paste to the wall as before and unroll it. Apply this strip edge-to-edge without overlapping the previous one, ensuring the pattern aligns correctly. Repeat this process for the rest of your wallpaper.

Finishing Touches
Use the wallpaper seam roller on the seams to ensure a smooth transition between each strip. This helps flatten the edges and remove any remaining air bubbles.

If you notice the edges aren’t sticking well in some areas, apply more paste with your small brush.

Finally, trim any excess paper at the top, bottom, and sides using a ruler or a taping knife and a utility knife: hold your ruler at the corner (e.g., wall-baseboard or wall-ceiling) and cut along the edge with your utility knife.

We are here to assist you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by phone or email: contact@isidoreleroy.com.

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