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Wallpapering a ceiling

Tips for wallpapering ceilings

  • Select wallpaper which is of medium thickness for covering a ceiling. Wallpaper that is too thick and heavy is difficult to install on an overhead surface. On the other hand, if the paper is too thin and light, it is likely to get wrinkled if you need to spend time fitting it into place.
  • Always ensure that the first sheet is straight. Use a self-levelling laser for absolute straightness with minimal effort.
  • When affixing the wallpaper, read the label to see if the adhesive needs to seep into the paper before installation. This makes a big difference in terms of how the paper behaves during installation.
  • If the adhesive can be applied directly on the sealing surface, use a roller or brush to do so. Ensure that there is enough adhesive on the sheet edges in particular. With insufficient adhesive, the paper will not bind properly and is likely to start peeling off. Immediately wipe off any excess adhesive discharging from under the sheet with a lint-free cloth. Never use kitchen paper.
  • Complete the work phases slowly and with care. Align the pattern and seam properly, and carefully unfold the sheet with a brush or trowel. When you ensure to align the first sheet, the rest will fall into place without much effort at all.
  • If the ceiling has a light socket, make a suitable hole with a sharp utility knife once you have attached the wallpaper to the ceiling (you can, of course, cut the hole before affixing the sheet if you are confident about your skills with a tape measure). This same tip also applies to making openings for electrical sockets.

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