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Prepairing the walls for lining paper :: Posted by: Admin on April 2nd, 2013

Preparing the walls for lining paper

If you are going to put lining paper on your walls, you still need to prepare them correctly before hanging it. Lining paper will not hide all the lumps and bumps on your walls, it isn’t a miracle cure for bad walls. You still need to put the time and effort into making the walls good before lining the walls. Lining paper is not an cheap answer to having your walls re-plastered or a way of not doing any preparation before hanging wallpaper or painting the walls.

Why use lining paper?

Lining paper is primarily used to line the walls and leave a good sound surface to wallpaper over. However, lining paper can be painted over. You can cross line the walls, this means hanging the wallpaper horizontally rather than vertically as you would with wallpaper. This is done to ensure the joins of the lining paper will not come in the same place as those of the wallpaper, however, lining paper is wider than most rolls of wallpaper so isn’t always required.

If you are going to paint over the lining paper be aware that the joints may show if the paper shrinks slightly, you can fill the gaps afterwards but be careful not to damage the paper when you rub the filler down.

Preparing the walls for lining paper

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First things first, remove all existing wall coverings from the walls, then wash them down to remove as much of the old paste as you can. Like for any wallpapering, the walls must be dry, free from dust and flaking paint. Holes and cracks should be filled in using a powder filler and any joints around door frames, windows or ceiling should be filled with decorators caulk. Rawl plugs should be removed and the holes filled. All powder filler should be rubbed down to a smooth level finish otherwise it will show through the lining paper.

If the walls have badly flacking paint this should be removed with a scraper and if the walls are very dusty they may need sealing with a PVA sealer first.

Paint drips can also show through so remove these with a scrapper or by sanding them down.

Lining paper comes in different grades of thickness, known as gauges, they range from 800 – 2000, 2000 being the thickest. There are also specialist lining papers such as a thermal liner, this helps reduce heat loss and also fibreliner an alternative lining paper.

Once you have done all the preparation work you are then ready to hang lining paper on your walls.

If you want to work out how many rolls of lining paper, or wallpaper you require, then use this quick and easy wallpaper calculator. Its one of a range of decorating calculators.

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4 Responses to “Prepairing the walls for lining paper”

  1. Toby Says:
    February 23rd, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Hi I did all of the prep work for lining paper and then papered, left for 10 days before painting but when I did the paper on an old damp spot on one side of the room the paper came away and wouldn’t dry, what could it be

  2. Admin Says:
    February 28th, 2015 at 4:13 pm


    Could the wall still be damp? Or perhaps the wall has been painted with an oil based paint to hold back the damp, and if s the lining paper would take a while to dry but as you say you left for 10 days should be OK.

  3. Denise Says:
    April 21st, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I have prep my walls for linning paper , I sanded down and wipe down with a clean cloth, didn’t wash ? Do I have to ?what I like to no do I paste the walls first ( what can I use to paste the walls with . Also when I put the linning paper up is it every layer I leave for 10mins before hanging up . Its my first time decoration thanks .

  4. Admin Says:
    April 21st, 2015 at 3:51 pm


    I usually simply vacuum the walls off to remove any dust etc, not wash them.
    If the walls have had lots of filler or new plaster or haven’t been wallpapered before I would ‘size’ them, this is simply watered down wallpaper paste to seal the wall.
    Yes paste each drop (layer) to soak for 10 minutes before hanging or until it is pliable.

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