How to Strip and Prepare Internal Walls With Lining Wallpaper

Hello, my name is Craig Phillips and today
I am going to show you how to strip this old wallpaper, prepare it all up, then we are
going to line the surface so it ready for painting or wallpapering. The materials and
tools that you are going to need to do your preparation is a steam wallpaper stripper,
various scrapers, quick drying filler, sandpaper or if you prefer and electric sander, a bucket
of warm water, and a sponge. Now there is many types of wallpaper that you may come
accross that need stripping, this particular one behind me is called a woodchip. It is
very common in old houses and very stubborn to get off aswell. The best way I have found
is with a heavy duty scraper like this. You start off by just taking the top surface of
woodchip of the paper itself. Now the great thing about using a scraper to scrape off
all them chips of wood out of the wallpaper is that it allows your soapy water to penetrate
through. What tends to happen with this woodchip wallpaper, its been there for years. Many
people might have painted it with a satin paint, or a silk paint and all of a sudden
it creates a bit of a waterproof finish on there, and your water will just slip off.
By scoring it, it allows it to soak through and then you can strip it off alot easier.
Now electric steamers are a great way of getting the wallpaper off when it is really stubborn,
you fill them up with warm water, turn it on and once it gets to boiling point the steam
comes through this pad, you place it onto the surface and let it build up for a while,
and once you remove that, as you can see the paper starts to come off a lot easier. Once
you have stripped all of the wallpaper off, its a dirty job but it is certainly worth
it, you might find that you have got some small defects in the existing plasterwork
where it is breaking away. You must repair these before you put your new paper on. Get
yourself a paintbrish witha little bit of water on it and wipe it accross, that will
take off all the dust. That will help the new adhesive actually stick to it. Now getting
a quick drying filler and using a standard scraper, apply that in making sure that you
are covering all of the hole. Once you have cocered that, leave it for about 5 or 10 minutes,
smooth it off a little bit more and once it is fully dry and cured you can sand over it
and your ready to paper. Now you have left the filler to dry, it is ready to sand down
before you start painting or wallpapering. Now if you have got a lot of sanding to do,
it may be wise to invest into a good electrical sander. This palm sander is perfect for doing
rooms this size. Now the nature of this old plasterwork, before you paint or wallpaper
it, it is going to need sealing. I have diluted some PVA with cold water and am simply applying
this on with a roller. Now the tools and materials your are going
to require is your linning wall paper, your wall paper guide knife, decorating scissors,
a scraper, your brushes, wall paper smoother, a tape measure, a pencil and adhesive to apply
the paper with. Now the first stage is to measuer and cut your paper correctly. Once
you have measured and you have got the correct sizeof your walls at home, allow an extra
4 inches both top and bottom to allow it to be cut nice and tight against the celing and
the skirting board. When cutting your paper to shape, make sure that you get a nice 90º
degree cut on there, roll the paper back over the one below, line it up both top and bottom,
then put a crease down one edge. Then using your decorating scissors, cut it down to length.
It is always wise to work out how many lengths of wallpaper you are going to require to do
the full wall or full room. It is far easier and cleaner marking it out and cutting them
down to size while the pasting table is clean. Now applying the wallpaper adhesive is real
important, it can be put on two ways, one with a four inch paintbrush or the second
way is with a roller. Eaither way you have got to cover the entire area of the paper,
making sure you have got an equal amount all the way across. Now you have pasted your paper
to the full length of the board, what you are going to need to do is slide it along,
it is okay to lap it ontop of one andother like that, and that allows you to slide the
paper along and get to the other end. Now you have pasted the whole length of paper
it is very important to apply it to the wall straight away. Lining wallpapers can be fitted
horizontally or vertically. Using you wallpaper smoother, start to come down the center to
start with, then working out from left to right, making sure that there is no air bubbles
and not too much adhesive behind the paper. It is very important to trim the bottom of
the paper down so that it is a nice snug fit to the skirting board. A great way of doing
this is after using your wallpaper smoother, take it downas far as you can, nice and tight
into the skirting board. And then get your scraper and just do a gentle line, be careful
you don’t tear the paper, you just want to create a nice crease nice a nd tight to where
the skirting board meets the bottom of the plaster. Once you have got your crease, if
you pull thataway you should be able to indentify exactly where it is. Taking your decorating
scissors, slowly and carefully cut along your crease. Once the paper is in place and completed,
using a damp cloth wipe down the walls either side. I am now about to hang the last piece
of wallpaper nice and tight into the corner. I don’t need my full width of 550mm so I have
cut the main piece in half. This is going to make it easier to paste up first and then
also to apply it and cut it nice and snug into the corner. Now as mentioned earlier,
the last piece is the smallest piece, and I want to give it a nice tight fit into the
corner But ofcourse, corners are never perfectly square or level, so it is a great to use one
of these decorating brushes to stab it in nice and tight into the corner and that kind
of curves around the shape of the corner. And then againscore it using your scraper,
and then you can trim it down using you decorating scissors the same way as you do the top and
the bottom. And that is your lining paper now complete, let this fully dry out for about
a week and then it is your choice whether you want to paint it or wallpaper over it.
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