Booking the Strip

Once you have made your plumb lines and are ready to begin hanging your wallpaper, apply or activate your paste.

If using the more common prepasted residential wallpaper, follow manufacturer's instruction for activating the paste. (If using unpasted wallpaper, see manufacture's instructions for the proper paste to use.)

Booking each strip after the paste has been activated is a very important step in your hanging process. By booking your strip, you will allow the adhesive to penetrate, or soak into, the wallpaper. It also allows the strip to relax and keeps it from drying out until you are ready to hang it. It is important to remember to activate the paste and book each strip one at a time.

Booking Instructions

  1. Activate or apply paste to two thirds of your wallpaper strip, then fold the top of the strip about two thirds the way down, allowing paste to rest against paste.
  2. Activate the paste on the remaining portion of the wallpaper and fold paste to paste
  3. Do not crease folds
  4. Roll the folded, booked strip loosely to keep edges together so they will not dry out.
  5. Allow three to five minutes for the booked strip to relax before hanging (or follow length of time according to manufacturer's instructions). If you will not be using the strip for awhile put the strip in a plastic bag to keep moist.

Now you're ready to hang your first strip!

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