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How to mix wallpaper paste

Posted by Adrian
November 14th, 2012

How to mix wallpaper paste

How many times have you mixed up wallpaper paste to put up that new wallpaper you just bought and end up mixing something that resembles lumpy porridge, jelly or water. The reason for this is you must have mixed it wrong.

So how do you mix wallpaper paste? Firstly you will need to gather the tools you require. You will need :

  • A clean bucket
  • Something to stir the paste such as a stick
  • A sachet of wallpaper paste

Mixing the wallpaper paste

Take your clean bucket and fill it with water, the amount of water will depend on the type of wallpaper you are going to be hanging and how many rolls you are going to hang. It’s always easier to mix an entire sachet rather than trying to mix half as it’s not easy to get the ratio right, unless like me, you have mixed up gallons of the stuff!

Here is a guide to how much water to use and how many rolls you can expect to do with one standard sachet of paste.

Paper Type Cold water in Pints Cold water in litres (approx) Number of rolls
Normal paper including woodchip 14 8 10-12
Washable and vinyl 12 7 7-9
Textured and blown vinyl 10 5.5 4-6
Embossed papers (Anaglypta® Original) 10 5.5 3-5
Embossed papers
(Anaglypta® SupaDurable)
9 5 1.5-3.5

Take the bucket of water and give it a good stir (not with the wife’s wooded spoon from the kitchen), next cut the top off the sachet of paste an tip it all in, now stir again one way then the other, do a figure of eight, do this for around 20-30 seconds.

Once the paste chips are all dissolved leave to stand for a further 90 seconds then give it a final stir before using.

Once mixed, paste will last for a few days in the bucket so you can come back to it cover it to stop anything dropping into it and come back to finish the job another day.

If you need to know how many rolls of wallpaper to buy, why not use our wallpaper calculator.

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19 Responses to “How to mix wallpaper paste”

  1. Bronwyn Daniels Says:

    Hi there.
    I have bought a sachet of wallpaper adhesive which weighs 125 grams.
    I notice your table says for “one standard sachet of paste”.
    However, I don’t know if 125 grams is standard or not.
    From watching the video, I thought your sachet looked bigger, but maybe that’s my imagination.
    Can you please let me know how much a standard sachet weighs?

    Date posted : March 31st, 2016 at 11:53 am
  2. Adrian Says:


    A normal sachet of Solvite will do 10 rolls of paper and I think it is 229 grams.

    Date posted : March 31st, 2016 at 2:06 pm
  3. Bronwyn Daniels Says:

    Thank you so much

    Date posted : March 31st, 2016 at 9:36 pm
  4. Eric T. Says:

    I Have rolls of superfresco easy. What is the mix. The paper says paste the wall. Can I do that with this mix.

    Date posted : August 3rd, 2016 at 5:40 pm
  5. Adrian Says:


    I would go for the textured vinyl mix. It doesn’t want to be too runny as it is a medium weight paper I think. With paste the wall you can paste the wall, you can also give the paper a paste too.

    Date posted : August 4th, 2016 at 3:52 pm
  6. wee Says:

    why the wallpaper will have yellow patches after the installation for 2 days?thank you.

    Date posted : December 7th, 2016 at 1:49 am
  7. Adrian Says:


    More than likely something on the wall behind that is bleeding through, such as damp patches or water stain?

    Date posted : December 7th, 2016 at 1:49 pm
  8. Micky Says:

    I am only using one roll of wallpaper, not sure how much water and paste to use. Can anybody help me thanks

    Date posted : March 8th, 2017 at 10:44 am
  9. Adrian Says:


    Mix half the paste with half the amount of water that is recommended for the type of paper you are hanging.

    Date posted : March 9th, 2017 at 3:36 pm
  10. Helen Says:

    If I have leftover paste I pour it into a clean 5 litre plastic, or 1 litre plastic container (depending how much I have over) and store it in a cool place. I’ve always done this over the last 40 years. The stored paste lasts years. When re-using it it has become thinner, but has not lost its “stickability”. Just using some now which has been stored for 18 months; its thinner than when first stored but is no less useful on thick lining paper I am using. When using thick paper I always paste both the walls and the paper. And I find that adding an extra half litre of water to the manufacturers’ instructions makes no difference to the quality of the job.

    Date posted : February 12th, 2018 at 5:40 pm
  11. Craig Wilson Says:

    Hi I have paste the wall paper and only normal paste can you tell me what I should mix it to so I can use this paste. Thanks for your time.

    Craig w

    Date posted : July 8th, 2018 at 2:00 am
  12. admin Says:


    I would buy paste the wall paste, if there are any problems with paper etc and you try and claim they will say you used wrong paste.
    It will also be far easier toy use.

    Date posted : July 8th, 2018 at 1:12 pm
  13. david allen Says:

    I have purchased some wallpaper paste to size a wall prior to papering.Unfortunately,it does not state on the back of the packet how much water to add when mixing to use as size. Would you please let me know the ratio of water to paste for sizing

    Date posted : July 30th, 2018 at 2:36 pm
  14. admin Says:


    Most manufacturers don’t put a ratio on their packets, that’s because they want to try and sell you a ‘primer’, but most decorators simply mix up a watered down mix of paste.

    I normally go by eye, but you could say one sachet of paste mixed with around 8-10 litres of clean cold water. Basically look at the mix for the lightest weight paper and add a little more water.

    Date posted : July 30th, 2018 at 3:22 pm
  15. Hamad Says:

    can wallpaper paste be mixed with wood glue

    Date posted : April 21st, 2019 at 10:31 am
  16. admin Says:


    I have never done it, and wouldn’t mix anything with the paste in case it affected it.

    Date posted : April 29th, 2019 at 3:03 pm
  17. Nick Says:

    People need to know how many grams of paste in how much water for ONE roll of paper (of given measurement)
    as sachets vary in size. We dont want to make up a bucketfull, only to find that we will be throwing half of it away.
    An average for all types into three catergories will suffice.

    Date posted : October 15th, 2020 at 10:15 pm
  18. Jacqueline Barnes Says:

    I have 1 roll of lining paper to put up…I have a 75 g of solvite how much water do I need

    Date posted : November 11th, 2021 at 1:18 pm
  19. admin Says:


    It may be easier to mix the entire packet rather than just enough for one roll, so.
    For standard paper we recommend 8 pints/4.5L for 4-5 rolls.
    For heavy paper we recommend 7 pints/4L for 3-4 rolls

    Date posted : November 12th, 2021 at 12:08 pm

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