Gluing Down Loose Wallpaper

by John Casini
(Arkansas Untied Stated)


Gluing Down Loose Wallpaper Edges; blisters, and bubbles in wallpaper can be repaired with library paste. flour-and water paste. or white glue. If it is vinyl wallpaper, only white glue should be used. Tears in wallpaper can be patched with a matching piece, using one of the adhesives noted above.


To repair loose edges, simply apply glue to the underside of the paper and press it back into place. Do not use so much glue that it soaks through the paper and leaves a stain. A thin. even layer about as thick as a piece of notebook paper is about right. Sponge off any excess glue with water, taking care not to soak the paper so much that glue loosens behind the wet spot. Simple tears can be repaired in a similar manner.

If it is the peeling sort of tear that gets larger and larger, peel it up and apply glue to the underside, then press the paper back into place so the edges of the tear match as closely as possible. If some paper is torn completely away, you will need a matching piece to replace the missing part. It will be almost impossible to get an exact tone match unless you bought some spare footage with the original purchase. but the following technique at least will allow you to match any pattern precisely.

Cut a patch somewhat larger than the torn area making sure that the patch contains all of the pattern area you will need to replace. With masking tape. tack the patch directly over the hole. Align the patch so that it exactly matches the pattern beneath. Using a sharp knife, cut through both the patch and the paper on the wall in a neat rectangle. Remove the patch, and peel away the paper inside your knife cut.

The patch will fit the hole exactly. Paste it in place following the instruction above for pasting down loose edges. If wallpaper develops blisters or bubbles, the cure is to slit the paper and force glue through the slit, then press the paper tight again. A sharp razor blade produces the neatest cut. A single, straight cut will do for a small blister. Cut a V or L for a larger bubble so you will not risk tearing the paper when you force the glue into the bubbled area.

To hide the cut as best you can, follow along a line in the pattern. Use white glue for vinyl wallpaper: for regular paper use white glue or library paste. Use a kitchen knife to spread the adhesive under the paper. For any repair. a smoothing brush and seam roller are helpful in pressing the paper smoothly to the wall. These can be rented from many tool rental outfits. A sponge or straight-edge and a rolling pin can substitute.

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