Wallpaper Installation Guidelines:
Before You Start:
Lay out each panel next to it’s matching panel. Look for good color match, pattern match and defects. If you find defects in the print you should stop and contact us immediately.
Preparing Your Wall:
Proper surface preparation is key to getting great results. To prepare the surface properly, we recommend that you prime all surfaces with a universal, white-pigmented, mold inhibiting wallcovering primer.
Patch any large holes using joint compound and a putty knife. Allow the patches to dry completely, then sand smooth with a fine grit sandpaper.
Mark straight horizontal and vertical lines on your wall to line up the first panels.
See below for recommended adhesives. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for using the adhesive. When purchasing your adhesive be sure to mention your wall covering is printed wallpaper, not standard wall paper. Hang wallcovering with a premium quality heavy-duty clear pre-mixed adhesive. Use of a mildew inhibitor in the adhesive is recommended. Do not dilute adhesive. Brush an even coat of paste over entire back of wallcovering. Pay particular attention to run over edges so they are sure to be pasted. Book material for ten minutes. Apply the recommended adhesive to the back using either a pasting machine or a paint roller. Work the adhesive in, to cover the back completely, especially near the edges. Fold each end toward the middle, pasted sides together, aligning the edges carefully so they do not dry out.
Do not crease wallcovering. Allow to “relax” for ten minutes (booking). This will allow the adhesive to penetrate the wallcovering fabric, which is important to a successful installation.
Installing the Panels:
Use a level and pencil to draw vertical guidelines on the wall. You should space these lines so you can perfectly align the rows of vinyl wallpaper.
Cut a piece of vinyl wallpaper that is 6 to 8 inches taller than the wall. Apply vinyl wallpaper adhesive to the back of the vinyl wallpaper with a brush.
Avoid burnishing the face of the material. Use a wallcovering brush or a plastic scraper to smooth the wallcovering onto the wall. For optimal durability we recommend the use of a liquid topcoat to protect the surface of the wallcovering pattern from stain and abrasion.
Do not rub. Do not allow vinyl adhesive to dry on surface as it may leave a white residue. Wash off excess paste from face of wallcovering as you hang it with a cellulose sponge. The cellulose sponge must be rinsed in clean water after every use. Blot dry with a clean cloth.
Place the wallpaper on the wall, aligning it with a set of vertical pencil guidelines. Allow a small amount of overlap on the top and bottom of the wall: you will trim the wallpaper after it has been installed.
Smooth the vinyl wallpaper using a yardstick. A regular wallpaper smoothing brush will not work to remove bubbles from the heavy vinyl. For lighter vinyl, you can use a short bristled smoothing brush if you prefer.
Place the second strip to the edge of the first strip. Tape seams before overlapping and double cutting to avoid getting adhesive on the wallcovering. If paste does get on the vinyl, clean it off immediately with clean warm water and blot dry with a clean lint less towel. Use a soft bristle brush to wash the ceiling and the baseboard to remove any paste residue.
Do not leave any overlap on the seams since vinyl will not adhere to itself. *Seams should be vertical, have a tight fit, and be free from air and paste bubbles. Seams should not be located closer than 6” to corners.
Apply the next piece of wallpaper, using the same method you used to apply the first piece. Make sure that the edges of any pattern matches.
After you have applied all of the wallpaper on one wall, trim the top and bottom of the wallaper using a metal straightedge and utility blade.
Find any bubbles in the vinyl and attempt to smooth them with the yardstick. For any bubbles you can’t remove, use a needle to pierce the bubble. Then press the bubble to release any air and smooth the wallpaper.
Applying Protective dreamGUARD ProTex3 Top Coat:
Once your wall covering has been hung, cleaned and dried, it is highly adviseable to protect the surface with a special liquid top coating called DreamGUARD Protex3. Follow the instructions on the label.
Types of Hanging Adhesives:
We often get asked for recommendations on adhesives to be used for installing dreamScape wall textures. Below are some items which we can recommend — these adhesives are fairly common and can be found in many stores. There are other product that will work just fine, but we have relationships with these 2 companies and they are the most popular. Should these items not be available, a user can look for a generic heavy duty adhesive for vinyl wall coverings.
R-35 Primer, also called Pro-935 ( a good wall primer which is not required but recommended for best results — this would be painted on to prepare wall for adhesive ) Pro-838 Heavy Duty Clear Adhesive or Ultra Pro -880
Sure Grip -128 Heavy Duty Clear Adhesive