- Sponge or cloth or flat smoother
- Sharp adjustable blade knife
- Straight edge ruler and or spirit level
Ensure the surfaces are clean, smooth and dry
- Always check the manufacturers instructions before starting.
- Carefully examine your borders for proper colour, pattern numbers and consistent run or lot numbers.
- Allow for fresh paint to cure before applying the border.
- For professional results it is important to prepare the surfaces to be decorated.
- Ensure surfaces to be decorated are clean and dry.
- It is important the surface is clean, smooth, dry and free from dust or dirt.
- Loose plaster or paintwork should be brushed off first to attain good adhesion.
- Borders stick best to surfaces cleaned with sugar soap.
- Rinse the wall of the sugar soap.
- High gloss and semi-gloss paint finishes should be sanded in order for adhesive to grip. (80 grit sand paper).
- If applying borders over new wallcoverings, make sure the wallcovering is completely dry.
- Check the manufacturers instructions for curing times and any special instructions.
Draw a line as a guide
- If you have no edge to work to, use a level and draw a pencil line as a guide for the bottom of the border.
- Measure the length of border you wish to adhere for each repeat of the process and pre-cut a sufficient number of these lengths to complete the room.
- If two people are on the job longer lengths can be applied and the number of joins is therefore reduced.
- When working out where joins will appear it is better to go around internal and external corners where possible.
- To begin with, peel back approximately 10 cm off the backing paper, then stick the exposed section in position.
- Now with one hand peel off evenly the backing paper, at the same time with the other hand rub the border down flat using a flat smoother.
Finish off joins
Where there are two overlapping sections of border the excess is removed as follows:
- Place a ruler or straight edge so that is runs vertically on a section where the border overlaps.
- With a sharp cutter knife, cut along the rule, applying enough pressure to cut through both strips. Remove the excess paper on top and underneath.
- Remove any excess paper using a sharp cutter knife being careful not to tear any border.
- To mitre corners: overlap strips, one on top of the other. Place a ruler or straight edge so that it runs from the inside corner to the outside corner. With a sharp cutter knife, cut along the rule, applying enough pressure to cut through both strips. Remove the excess paper on top and underneath.
Recently Painted Walls
These require from 3 weeks to 3 months to cure depending on the paint type and weather conditions. If the paint has not cured sufficiently, adhesion of the border may not occur. Some modern formulated, non stick paint surfaces with additives such as Teflon, will need to be sized for the adhesive to work effectively. Waiting for the paint to cure is a MUST for these types of paints.
Warm water is usually adequate for cleaning. To remove stubborn stains add a little household detergent. Finally rub dry with a soft cloth.