Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Lining Paper - The Big Cover-Up

Lining paper is being used more and more recently instead of wallpaper as it allows the home owner to change the wall colours without having to scrape off the old paper and the re-decorate.

Lining paper comes in a variety of different grades. Grades are the thickness of paper and the thicker the grade, the more they can cover. The grades of lining paper available range from 600 grade, suitable for newly plastered walls to 2000 grade lining paper for older, more damaged walls. The most common grade of lining paper chosen is the 1400 grade as it is a good middle choice.

The secret to hanging lining paper is choosing the correct grade and also good wall preparation. Most grades of lining paper will always be able to cover hairline cracks and small chips in the wall but can never cover over any lumps. This is were good wall preparation is essential, fill larger cracks or chips with filler, sand until level and then apply the lining paper.

Another useful tip for lining your walls is to use a solution of sugar water to wash the walls after sanding to remove any residue left by the sander then a apply a coating of PVA to seal the wall and give the paste a better surface to adhere to.

At the end of the day, spending an extra few hours sanding and preparing the wall before putting up the lining paper will always result in a better finish.

Along with standard lining paper, there are special papers designed for damp walls and when used with the correct adhesive, they will prevent water marks or stains from coming through newly decorated walls.

To view our complete range of lining papers, visit: http://www.transtools.co.uk/store/cat_495/painting-and-decorating/lining-paper.html

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