Hanging Wallpaper: Tools Needed

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What Tools do I Need for Wallpapering?

The simple answer is, it depends on the type of wallpaper you will be hanging.

We are very confident that regardless of the wallpaper type, you will find the process much easier with the help of WallpaperBuddy™.

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The following table lists the wallpaper tools helpful for the different wallpaper application methods.

  • Pasting Brush or Roller (Many people find it quicker and easier to use a roller. A short nap paint roller (3/8-inch to 1/2-inch nap) will ensure a thin, even coat of adhesive is applied)
  • Smoothing Brush or Plastic Smoother (for smoothing out wallpaper and pressing it on to the wall)
  • Seam Roller (a tool for smoothing the seams between lengths of wallpaper)
  • Plumb Line or Spirit Level(for getting a perfectly straight vertical line)
  • Utility Knife /Snap off blade (important to change the blade often to ensure that you’re using only the sharpest blade, or you may tear the paper)
  • Wallpaper Scissors (longer than household scissors and the best option for cutting any type of wallpaper material with ease)
  • 6 inch Putty Knife or Wallpaper Edge Trimmer (used when trimming wallpaper)
  • Drop Cloth (for covering floors and furniture)
  • Wallpaper Prep Tray (for wetting Pre-pasted wallpaper)
  • Toothpicks or Matchsticks (to mark any drill-holes in your walls, that you will need to use again)

Removing Wallpaper: Tools Needed

  • Wallpaper Scoring Tool (for perforating wallpaper allowing wallpaper stripper to penetrate)
  • Wallpaper Steamer (for hard to remove wallpaper)
  • Wallpaper Scraper / Stripper (best used on loose wallpaper)
  • Drop Cloth (for covering floors and furniture)
  • Screwdriver (for removing switch plates)

Preparing Your Walls: Tools Needed

  • PolyFilla / (or Spackling which is used in the U.S.)
  • Filling Knife / Putty Knife
  • Sandpaper / Sanding Block
  • Sugar Soap (used to wash walls prior to hanging wallpaper)
  • Size (a chemical compound that acts as a buffer between the wallpaper backing and the plaster surface)
  • Paint brush (for applying the sealer to the walls)
  • Caulk (a sealant for filling cracks or gaps around windows, doors, plumbing and pipes)
  • Caulking Gun (to hold the tube of caulk)
  • Drop Cloth (for covering floors and furniture)

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