Asked on Jul 26, 2014

Hanging Prepasted non-woven Allen + Roth wallpaper

by CarolineCalcote
I am in the process of re-wallpapering an area of my kitchen. I have already stripped the old 1990's wallpaper, cleaned the walls, and have spent several days repairing the walls (waiting for joint compound to dry). Next up is priming (PVA since several areas are covered in joint compound), and then I'm going to apply a wallpaper primer, I think. Is this the same thing known as "sizing" or "size"? I want to have the best possible preparation to make for the best possible outcome and ease in hanging, as this is my first time ever hanging wallpaper and the walls in this area are really crazy.
My wallpaper is currently on order and is this one:¤tURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1%26page%3D3&facetInfo=Blue%7Callen%20+%20roth .
It is described as a strippable non-woven prepasted wallpaper. I'm trying to find the manufacturer's instructions for hanging this wallpaper so I know the best way to prep and what tools I need. I can't find anything for this particular wallpaper from the manufacturer online. Does anyone have experience using this type of wallpaper? Do you have to soak it and book it? Can I roll or brush the back of the paper with water instead of completely soaking it? Any tips?
  4 answers
  • Shari Shari on Jul 26, 2014
    I am not a professional wallpaper hanger but I have hung more than a few rolls of wallpaper in my time...both pre-pasted and non-pasted. Yes, definitely size unpainted/patched areas first because if you don't you will deeply regret it when you are ready to take it down. Sizing makes for an easier removal process. Pre-pasted wallpaper is soaked very briefly in warm water to activate the paste and then "booked." Personally, I would not brush or roll the water on because you may not get it wet enough to activate the paste. Also if you are working with any long pieces, the first area you brush or roll may dry out before you get to the end of the piece. It's much quicker and easier (I think) to just dunk the piece in the kitchen sink or a wallpaper "trough", shake off the excess water and then book it. Typically, when you open the package of wallpaper there will be some basic instructions and tips on how to hang wallpaper on a paper insert or on the back of the label but if you haven't already, you might also want to watch a few videos on hanging pre-pasted wallpaper on YouTube.
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Jul 27, 2014
    Yes Caroline is correct, you must book it to properly activate the paste.if you don't have a wallpaper trough you can use your clean bathtub to soak the rolls briefly !they activate fast.Dont try to skip the steps where you roll the edges or you will not be happy with the results. Most people skip that step.take your time smoothing out the paper with a damp sponge or cloth.always start in a corner. Have fun and enjoy the results.Make sure you have a sharp blades to trim and good sharp pair of scissors!
  • Patty Smith Patty Smith on Jul 27, 2014
    I'm an interior decorator,,prep your wall,,patch holes,,use Kilz to size the walls and I use wallpaper paste on the pre-pasted wallpaper. I roll it on with a paint roller,,in 52 years vie never had a piece come down!! Good luck!!
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 07, 2023

    Kilz or Zinser are excellent products to size your walls.