Wallcovering glue is a product you’ll find in any store selling wallcovering. It’s an adhesive that can be used to stick your wallpaper to the wall. Wallpaper has been around for hundreds of years, and it’s not going anywhere. In fact, more people are using wallpaper than ever before because it helps them create a beautiful home decorating project quickly and easily. But if you want your wallpaper to stay on the wall longer than just a few days or weeks, then you need to know which type of glue works best for your needs.
Check the label
Examine the label on the can of glue.
Check for water restrictions. If you are covering a wall with wallpaper, it is best to use a wallpaper adhesive that does not require water. However, if you’re working with wallcovering glue and paint in order to cover your walls, then any type of glue will work for you.
Check for room temperature requirements. Some glues dry faster than others; therefore, some require temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit to dry properly and effectively stick the paper onto your wall (or ceiling). If there are no temperature restrictions listed on the adhesive can or bottle (you’ll find them near expiration dates), then open up that product.
Check drying time per gallon or liter of adhesive used based on the type/brand purchased before applying any wallcovering material onto surfaces.
Water as needed
The best way to mix the glue and water is in a bucket with cold water. For example, if you have 1 gallon of glue, add 1/2 gallon of cold water. Mix it up with a paint mixer until the two are thoroughly combined (it will take about 15 minutes). If your product is too thick when you’re done mixing it and using it on the wall, add more water. Add more glue if your mixture is too thin and runs off your brush before soaking in enough to stick to the wall.
Soak for at least 15 minutes
Once you’ve cut the fabric, it’s time to soak it. I recommend placing your pieces in a bucket of warm water for at least 15 minutes before installation; this will help prevent buckling and wrinkling during installation, which makes for a much neater look once your project is complete.
While some experts say that hot water can help relax the glue, others believe that this may cause the fabric to shrink more than intended. If you choose to soak in warm or cold water, keep in mind that this might stretch out some materials.
You can’t just throw the glue on and expect it to stick. You’ll need to mix it before applying it to your wall, otherwise, you’ll be left with lumps or an overly thick consistency. But mixing is easy too: just put the adhesive in a bowl, add water, and stir. When you’re done mixing, use a paintbrush or roller to apply a thin coat of glue over your entire surface.
Use the same amount of water in each bucket
You’ll want to use the same amount of water in each bucket. To do so, you’ll need a measuring cup. Pour equal amounts of water into each bucket and mix together with your chosen adhesive.
Apply cold water to the back of the paper
Use a paintbrush to apply the water. You want it to be absorbed evenly across the entire surface, so avoid using too much liquid—you don’t want it to drip down your wall and stain your floor.
Use a sponge to soak up excess water from the paper’s surface (this will take longer than you would think). Then use a clean cloth or rag to dry off any extra moisture that remains on your wall.
Fold and soak one edge at a time
Fold the paper over the edge of the bucket, soak for 15 minutes, then unfold and fold in half again. Soak again for 15 minutes and repeat step 1 (folding over the edge of the bucket). Repeat these steps once more (soak for 15 minutes, fold in half, then unfold & cut off the excess paper).
Let it set for about 30 seconds, then hang it.
After you’ve applied the glue, let it set for about 30 seconds. This is important because the glue needs time to make a solid bond with your wall and paper before hanging it.
After you’ve allowed the glue to dry for about half an hour (or until there’s no shine on its surface), hang up your new wallpaper. You’ll want to make sure that after it’s hung, everything looks great from all angles before letting it dry overnight — then let things sit for at least 24 hours before making any changes or moving furniture into the room.