Manufacturer's Hanging Instructions
* This is a handmade product. Variations in prints and color will occur. Trim lines are for guidance. Trim to match design. *
Our wallpaper is manufactured by an exclusive process, creating a unique look. Minor irregularities are to be expected, as in any hand-crafted product. Labor claims are limited and can be allowed only if the following process is followed:
1. Prior to hanging, inspect wallcovering and fabric for correct pattern, dye lot, run number (if specified), and obvious flaws. If unacceptable, do not cut or hang. If coordinating wallpaper and fabric are being used, be sure both are on hand and acceptable before beginning the installation. We cannot accept liability for faulty rolls after they have been cut.
2. Replacement is limited to one bolt for irregularities that could not be detected before installation.
3. The following instructions must be followed and all care must be exercised by the installer while handling the material.
4. We suggest hanging two strips and then inspecting for any problems.
Preparations and Hanging
This product is designed to be hung by a competent, professional paperhanger. We do not recommend hanging over existing wallcoverings. This paper may allow some show-through. All surfaces must be smooth and sound, free of dust and peeling of inferior paint. Inferior latex paints must be cured with a product such as Gardz. New plaster must be properly cured (60-90 days) and feel cool to the touch.
Remove existing wallcovering, sand. Wash and clean thoroughly to disinfect, remove adhesive, and eliminate mold and bacteria. Patch and sand as necessary to achieve a smooth surface. Prime with a universal wallcovering primer (T9000, Sheildz, 1-23, etc.). Do not use oil-based primers.
Make sure walls are smooth, free of dust, room temperature (55 degrees F or warmer for at least 12 hours prior to installation), and properly primed as per instructions above.
Use of a pulp or acid free liner is necessary.
Use an absorbent liner paper, as its purposes include absorbing excess moisture and mitigating bubbles. Bubbles may be smoothed out with your smoothing tool. Writing on the wall to aid in installation should be done with a light pencil or similar color pencil to the ground color of the wallcovering. Never use a ballpoint pen or marker, as they may show through.
Use a sharp new blade, brass bound straightedge and zinc strip. Trim just into color. When trimming striped prints, be sure the trimmed product has equal width stripes. Trimming along the edge of a dark colored stripe will aid in producing invisible seams.
Adhesive and application:
The use of a clear premixed adhesive works best with this product. Do not use clay-based adhesive. Wheat and cellulose adhesives are not recommended. A lightweight clear paste is best.
Use either a pasting machine or roller. Apply an even coat of adhesive over the entire back of each strip of the wallcovering. Be sure edges are evenly and adequately covered. Book the pasted sheet and allow adequate soak time (approx. 5 minutes) before installing. Soak time is essential to allow the pasted sheet to relax and expand in order to prevent bubbles, wrinkles, and possible shrinkage after drying. Use caution if rolling seams.
Do not allow paste to get on the face of the wallcovering. If any should get on the face, remove at once with a damp (not wet) sponge, using a flicking action rather than scrubbing. Blot with a Turkish towel or soft cloth. Do not wipe. Do not allow paste to dry on the face of wallcovering, as permanent damage may occur. There may be some rub off for dark colors.
Issues with the design matching?
Did you check unpasted rolls to see if they match before hanging/pasting? Was the paper trimmed correctly? Are the ceilings/walls straight?
Ensure paste goes to the edge and your fingers have not taken paste off the ends. You may use your smoothing tools to smooth down the seams.
Did you use a good absorbent liner paper? Correct paste? No extra moisture? Remember: moisture is our enemy and can cause bubbles and wrinkles! Allow booking to expand all areas of the paper evenly (printed and unprinted areas may expand at different rates, especially with heavier metallic inks in concentrated areas). You may smooth the bubbles out with your smoothing tools.