The laying of fabric on paper is similar to that of a wallpaper, it is simple. But the support must be prepared to receive this coating, stuck on its entire surface. The wall must be flat and healthy, without any defect of material nor anomaly (moisture, mold). Flatten it with a coating knife (and a filler if necessary) and clean dirty areas.
- Knife to coat
- Painter's roll
- Wide brush
- Brush to rechampir
- Plastic spatula
- Knife with thin blade
- Rolling roulette
- Glue for wallpaper
1. Take a roll of cloth and cut a thin strip across its width, which will serve as a template to mark the limit of the first line. Take this measurement from a determinant element of the room, an angle for example. Make sure this angle is vertical and straight, using a plumb line and ruler. If its edge is correct, apply one end of the cut strip against the corner and mark the location of the second on the wall with a pencil. Position the band on a verified horizontal, in order to obtain the true width of the strip.
2. Unroll the plumb bob and look for the vertical line through the line indicated above. Without moving the plumb line, mark on the wall, another mark, higher (or lower) than that taken previously. Make a mark on the entire height of the wall following the rule on the two reference points. You thus obtain a vertical, limit of the first lé. Measure the height of the wall to be coated. Cut the number of slats needed to cover a wall. Add 5 cm to the actual length of the strips: this margin of safety allows, after gluing, a careful cutting of the coating, on the ceiling and along the skirting boards.
3. Number each side according to the direction of installation; it is important, especially if they are of different lengths (inclined ceiling, opening in the wall).
4. Prepare a sufficient amount of glue in a bucket, to cover a wall surface corresponding to the number of strips cut. Mix the glue, spread it on the wall with a painter's roll. If the surface is too big, do not glue it completely: the glue will dry before laying the last strips. Spread the glue on the lower parts with a brush to rechampir, protecting the plinth with a spatula. Place the first lé following the vertical drawn at the beginning: its edge must cover the line.
5. Glue the second piece by placing it edge-to-edge with the first, without overlap or gap. Flatten the upper and lower ends with a spatula to match the corners of the ceiling and plinth. Spread the spatula over the fitting, to crush it.
6. Cut the superfluous parts with a special knife with thin blade, protecting the coating with the spatula: the resulting cut is rectilinear.
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