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Pre-Pasted Wallpaper Install

Pre-Pasted Wallpaper Install


If you're looking to update your space, pre-pasted wallpaper is an excellent option for a quick and easy transformation. This blog post will provide detailed instructions for installing pre-pasted wallpaper to ensure a smooth, professional-looking result.

Before You Begin:

Before getting started, it's essential to ensure that your wall is fully cured, clean, and ready for wallpaper application. Ensure that any paint on the wall has cured for a minimum of 8 weeks to avoid wallpaper failure. Textured walls might require sanding or mudding to create a smooth surface for the wallpaper to adhere to properly.

Lay out all panels in front of the wall, face up, and ensure they are continuous with one another.

Step-by-Step Installation Instructions:

  1. Prepare your wallpaper: Lay out your wallpaper panels on the floor for at least an hour to help straighten them, making installation easier.

  2. Clean your wall: Use a microfiber cloth to remove dust from the wall. Avoid wetting or washing the wall, as it can cause adhesion issues.

  3. Activate the adhesive: Use a roller or wallpaper tray to apply water on the back of each panel, or use a spray bottle filled with water. Afterward, "book" the wallpaper by folding the paste side in half without creasing it and let it rest for 3 minutes.

  4. Apply the first panel: Unfold one side of the panel and position the paste side along the top of the surface, ensuring the top matches in design to the neighboring panel. When positioned correctly, unfold the rest of the panel and smooth it downward and outward on the wall using a broad smoothing brush or damp sponge.

  5. Install additional panels: Continue applying panels following the same process, overlapping and double cutting the seams for a butt seam. Alternatively, you can leave the seams overlapped.

  6. Smooth out the wallpaper: Ensure there are no air bubbles trapped underneath the wallpaper by smoothing it from the center outwards and downwards with a cloth-covered credit card or a rubber wallpaper smoother.

  7. Trim excess wallpaper: After installing all panels, use a sharp cutting instrument like a box cutter or x-acto knife to trim excess wallpaper along baseboards, outlets, and corners. Be sure to wear cut-resistant gloves and practice caution when using sharp objects.

Troubleshooting Tips:

  • If the top matches but the bottom doesn't: Adjust the positioning of the panels to correct any skewing that may have occurred during installation.
  • If nothing matches: Double-check the panel sequence on the floor and ensure there is a quarter-inch overlap between each seam.
  • If the wallpaper is curling: Assess the wall's texture or recent paint job, as these factors could be causing the issue.
  • Additional wallpaper paste may always be used on edges if adhesion is an issue for textured walls.

Removal Instructions:

When it's time to remove the wallpaper, start at the top and carefully separate a full-width strip about 8 inches down from the top. Slowly pull the paper at a downward angle using both hands. Any remaining adhesive can be removed with a damp sponge.


Pre-pasted wallpaper is an excellent option for updating your space with minimal fuss. Follow this comprehensive guide to achieve a professional-looking result that will transform your room in no time.

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