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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

Wallpapering Tools

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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How to use decorators caulk :: Posted by: Admin on July 2nd, 2012

Decorators caulk gun

How to use decorators caulk

One on the most useful tools you should have in your DIY toolbox is a caulking gun, you can use this gun for a variety of sealants from silicone sealant to decorators caulk. These guns usually come in two sizes, a small or large, I think its always worth getting a large gun so you can use all sizes of tubes, large guns will take tubes of 380ml and cost around £4-5.

Knowing how to use decorators caulk

Decorators caulk is a flexible sealer / filler. It is used to fill gaps around skirting boards, door architraves, window and door frames cove / cornice and ceiling / wall line and anywhere there maybe movement. Once the decorators caulk dries it remains flexible and moves without cracking, unlike traditional powder fillers.

To use decorators caulk isn’t difficult and once you get the knack its easy.

Getting started

Dunlop Caulk filler

You will need the following:

  • A tube of decorators caulk, with nozzle
  • A caulking gun
  • A knife to cut top off tube and nozzle
  • A damp sponge or some water

The first thing you will need to do is remove the nozzle from the tube, then take your knife and cut the top off of the tube (be careful), next you need to cut a small amount off the end of the nozzle, cut this at about a 45° angle, don’t cut too much off, you want the end of the nozzle about the same size as the gap you’re filling. You can always cut more off of the nozzle if you need to later. Now screw the nozzle onto the tube and put the tube into the caulking gun.

Using decorators caulk

Once you have the tube and nozzle prepared and loaded into the gun you’re ready to apply the caulk. Gently squeeze the trigger until a little caulk comes out of the nozzle, you are now ready to apply the decorators caulk.

Place the nozzle at the beginning of the crack or gap you’re filling, gently apply even pressure to the trigger as you move the gun along the gap, you will leave decorators caulk along the crack or gap, once you reach the end, remove the gun and release the trigger release lever to stop caulk from continuing to run out from the end of the tube.

Now take a damp good quality sponge (so it doesn’t leave bits in the caulk) or a wet finger and rub it along the crack / gap you have just applied the caulk too, this will push the caulk into the crack but also smooth it out. If you need to apply more because you have missed a bit, do the same as you have just done.

Now you have filled the crack or gap you need to let the decorators caulk time to dry and set, this could be as little as an hour but this depends on how wide and deep the area you have filled. Once dry, decorators caulk can be painted over, wallpapered and lining papered over, but can not be rubbed down.

Cleaning up

Once you’re done you can clean up by using water to wash hands and sponges, take the decorators caulk out of the caulking gun and put a nail or screw in the end of the nozzle, or wrap masking tape of the nozzle to prevent the caulk from drying out too much in the nozzle and tube. Now store the tube in your shed or garage but protect from frost and extreme temperature as this may affect the caulk.


I have done a review on a caulk that doesn’t crack or craze, I have been using it for a while and the results are good.
Read my Review Of Dunlop Pro Decor Flexible Acrylic Filler Caulk here. And if you would like to buy some for yourself you can buy Dunlop Pro Decor Flexible Filler caulk from here.

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