We always recommend that you hire the services of a professional wallpaper hanger, but for those of us that are more adventurous we have listed instructions below. For the tools you may need to check out the list at the bottom (you’ll most likely own most of them!). Take time to read the instructions before starting any work.
- Step Ladders
- Metal Tape
- Measure Sponge
- Pasting Brush
- Smoothing Brush
- Sharp snap blade cutter.
- Pasting Table
- Plumb line or Spirit Level
- Pencil Bucket (This will be for mixing paste in.)
- Ruler (A long metal one is best.) or Trim Guide
HOW TO HANG A WALL MURAL
**It is imperative to follow all manufactures installation instructions. The instructions below are generalize for murals.**
PRIOR TO INSTALLATION:
• Upon receiving your goods and prior to installation, please examine all items to make certain that all items are included in your shipment.
• Carefully examine all panels before you start pasting or trimming.
• Any claims for defective, damaged or otherwise unusable goods need to be made within 20 days of receipt.
• If the material is to be stored, make sure to store flat in a temperature controlled, dry area. Do not crush.
Proper surface preparation is essential for quality installations. Surfaces must be clean, smooth, dry and structurally intact before installing any wallcovering.
Glossy and non-porous surfaces should be primed prior to installation of wallcovering.
Where there is a color contrast between the wall surface and the wallcovering, it is always best to tint the primer to match the color of the wallcovering.
All primers should dry completely before wallcovering is installed.
• On drywall (painted with latex or oil) use an acrylic primer or prep coat
• On drywall (painted with builders flat) use a primer/sealer
• On new plaster (after the proper curing time) or unpainted plaster, use size mixed with the adhesive you plan to install the final wallcovering with to prepare the surface
• On any wall with stains or mold issues use a stain killer primer (mold must be treated with a bleach solution first)
• On a new or repaired drywall use a primer/sealer
• On a wall surface with residual wallpaper paste use a primer/sealer
For a superior installation, once primed and smoothed, a liner paper should be used to provide a receptive surface for the pasted sheet of wallpaper.
HANGING THE WALLCOVERING:
1. Your mural will not come with paste as it has been discontinued. You will need to use a clear non-staining adhesive to apply to your wall.
2. Lay your mural on a large, clean area to match up each panel and prepare where you’re mural will be laid out. You will want to mark on your wall where each seam will be. A small mark is all you’ll need. This will help you plot out the overall layout. Doors, windows and furniture placement should be considered at this time as well. When the time comes, you will hang the middle panel(s) and work your way out.
*Please take time to pre-test the compatibility of the adhesive you choose with our paper.
Hang 2-3 stripes and allow the paper to dry completely to ensure that the adhesive and paper is performing satisfactorily. Clear adhesive can cause staining on some papers (including, but not limited to ShurStick models) and should be examined thoroughly on both the front and back of the paper to ensure they are non-staining. Please be sure to follow the adhesive manufacturer’s directions carefully.
3. Apply an even, thin coat of adhesive to the back of the wallcovering panel using either a short-nap paint roller or pasting machine. Work the adhesive in to cover the back completely, especially near the edges.
*Do NOT over-saturate the backing of your mural as may cause the backing to thin and ultimately tear.
4. Make sure that your first panel is to a plumb line. If the first panel is at an angle, the mural will only worsen as you continue to hang each panel.
5. Paper will not require a lot of pressure during installation. Hang the first panel to a plumb line and allow it to overlap onto the ceiling and baseboard.
Use either a soft bristle smoothing brush or plastic smoother, work paper from the center out, to expel any air bubbles. Use the smoothing tools gently in order not to damage the image surface. Use light pressure.
Do not press hard enough to remove the adhesive from underneath the wallcovering as the will result in air pockets and may damage the mural itself.
6. Trim with a razor knife at the ceiling and baseboard, around windows, etc.
7. Line up the second strip to the edge of the first strip making sure the image/repeat is aligned, and smooth out as before. Seams should be vertical, have a tight fit, and be free from air and paste bubbles.
Double cutting should be confirmed prior to trimming into any panel.
8. During and after hanging, be certain all adhesive residue is completely wiped from the surface. It is important to use a damp sponge or soft damp towel and clean warm water. Dry with a clean towel. An extra-absorbent microfiber towel is recommended.
Avoid excessive use of water which can also re-activate the paste causing seams to split.
Avoid rubbing too hard, which can burnish the surface. An over-saturated sponge will cause a water spot so be very cautious that you to not use excess water to clean. Do not scrub.
Change the wash water frequently and blot surfaces dry with a clean towel.
9. Once all panels are installed, allow time to dry for up to 48 hours.