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Lining paper, what is it?

Posted by Adrian
April 30th, 2019

Lining paper, what is it?

Lining paper has been traditionally used to produce a good, sound, smooth surface for wallpapering over, however it is now more popular to hang lining paper and emulsion over it.

Lining paper is used to remove any small imperfections on a wall or ceiling, it is not however a miracle cure, so preparation should always be done before hanging lining paper. It isn’t a substitute for plastering either.

Once all the holes and cracks have been filled, the walls or ceiling should be properly rubbed down and any filler should be sanded smooth and level. One this is done dust down the walls to remove any loose debris. You can seal any filler by either using a ‘size’ such as watered down wallpaper paste, or you can emulsion over the filler to help seal it off.
Lining paper rolls

What thickness lining paper

Lining paper comes in different thicknesses, guages or grades, this refers to their weight. they start at 800 guage and go up to 2000 guage, it all depends on how thick you want it to be. Lining paper does offer some insulation qualities but there are also specialist papers for this.

A good mid-range lining paper to go for is 1200 or 1400 gauge, they aren’t too thin and not to thick to be hard to work with.

Can I paint lining paper

As mentioned above, lining paper is meant to produce a smooth background for wallpapering over, but yes you can paint over the lining paper once it is fully dried.

Cross lining, what’s that?

Cross-lining is where the lining paper is hung horizontally rather the vertically like traditional wallpapers, normally if you are going to be emulsioning over the lining paper you could hang it as you would wallpaper, vertically.

Once you have hung the lining paper you need to allow it to fully dry before you emulsion over it, this will take normally between 12 – 24 hours depending on drying conditions.

How to measure for lining paper

Before you buy lining paper or order wallpaper you need to know how much to buy, I have written an article on how to measure a room for wallpaper that explains how you need to do it. I have also written a wallpaper calculator so you can work out how many rolls of wallpaper you need to buy.

Cost of lining paper

With everyone having to tighten their belts these days, cost is a real factor when it comes to decorating, wallpaper can be very expensive if you plan to wallpaper the entire room, a way around this is to only do one wall, or a feature wall as it is known.
If however you wish to change the look of a room every couple of years, or you have pets or children that makes wallpaper not a viable option, lining paper and emulsion maybe the answer.

Once lining paper has been put up it can painted over and over again, saving costs in the long run as all that is required is a fresh new coat of emulsion. Also, if you then decide to wallpaper at a later date, you can do so over the emulsioned lining paper.

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3 Responses to “Lining paper, what is it?”

  1. rhdecorator Says:

    I really appreciate this bolg. I’ve been looking all over for this!thanks

    Date posted : June 25th, 2019 at 8:18 am
  2. michael Says:

    Hi Adrian
    Ive used 1400g lining paper to cover a poor wall surface but unfortunately many marks are visible – exaggerated even – where I should have prepared properly using a very fine coat of plaster and sanded smooth. I’ve been told that a second layer of lining paper will exaggerate the unevenness even more.
    Pulling my hair out time!!
    Are there any solutions you can recommend, short of starting again from scratch. Im wondering whether insulating lining paper might cover it up (the lining paper I put up, horizontally, has adhered very well indeed.


    Date posted : January 29th, 2020 at 5:45 pm
  3. admin Says:

    @ Michael
    Insulating lining paper may help, although more expensive. Unfortunately prep is 90% of the job.
    If it was for me, I would strip, prep and re-line, a pain but best solution. Do it right, do it once.

    Date posted : January 31st, 2020 at 1:00 pm

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