Lining paper is a great way to absorb smaller bumps and cracks in walls and ceilings. If you have just lined your walls you may be wondering how long you need to wait before painting or wallpapering over the top of it. Let’s have a look.
How Long Should I Leave Lining Paper To Dry?
After putting up lining paper you should leave it for 24 hours to dry before painting or putting up wallpaper. You can speed this up by heating up the room as it dries.
It is important that you do leave the lining paper to properly dry. If you apply paint or more wallpaper too soon then it may result in the lining paper bubbling or peeling off from the wall.
What Could Speed Up The Drying Time?
A warm room can help to speed up how long lining paper takes to dry. If you need your paper to dry quickly then here are a few things you can try.
Turn the central heating up high in the room.
You can also use electric fan heaters and radiators to really pump up the temperature. As the paste is air drying and not chemically dried then the hotter the room the quicker it will dry.
Low moisture will also help to dry the room out quicker. However, I would not advise using anything like a dehumidifier as this could work too well. Drying the paste out too fast and leading to poor adhesion.
What Can Slow Down The Drying Time?
A cold damp room will drastically slow down how long lining paper takes to dry.
If you have a really damp room then I would advise drying it out before you start. Turn the heating up and use a dehumidifier to try and get the room really dry before starting.
Lining Paper FAQ’s
How Do I Fix The Gaps In Lining Paper?
You can use decorators caulk to hide any gaps in your lining paper. Apply the caulk to the gap and then smooth it out with a scraper.
Why Use Lining Paper?
Lining paper is a quick and cost-effective way to smooth out any imperfections in walls. Lining paper is available in a range of thicknesses to help cover larger imperfections.
It is very useful for hiding cracks without having to have your walls replastered.
It also helps to reduce shrinkage in any wallpaper applied on top of it.
Why Do You Hang Lining Paper Horizontally?
Lining paper is commonly hung horizontally to prevent the gaps between pieces lining up with the gaps between the wallpaper above.
This would create on deep crack which would be very visible. This is why it is hung horizontally as this prevents any chance of this overlap happening.
You can still hang the lining paper vertically if you would prefer this option. If you are going to do this then make sure your first row is offset. I.e hang a half piece to begin with.
This will ensure that the lining paper and wallpaper do not line up on their edges.
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