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on 19 September 2013
This is what I was looking for when purchasing this wallpaper.
Do not bother watching the 'instruction video' as it looks like you can put it all up in 15 mins. This is how to do it:
1. The wallpaper:
It comes in 12 strips about 30cm wide and 160cm long. They are reasonably thick papered, but the walls surface is visible through it, so make sure the wall is as smooths as possible before putting it up.
The front side is a shiny high resolution print. No pixels visible at all. Very good quality print. It does not 'smear' and you can easily wipe it of without worrying about losing colour on the print. It does not 'wapr' like some wall papers do. It has small lines at corners and sides to aim for when installing.
2. Putting it up:
You will need: a large paintbrush, a 160cm long tabletop that is washable afterwards, a spiritlevel, a pencil and some wallpaper glue. If you mean to cut off some of the length you will also need sharp scissors and meassuring tape.
Start on the left. That way the prints are easier to match (the small lines mentioned above) first the top left, then bottom left etc. Use a spiritlevel and draw a long vertical starting line on the left, so the image doesn't end up being a skew.
Prep the wall. Get normal wallpaper glue and spend a little extra getting the ready mixed stuff, so there are no lumps at all. Use a large paintbrush (10-15cm wide) Get the first piece out and lay it flat on a table. Put a good layer on it, making sure it's wet all over.
Then leave it to rest for 5 minutes. Spend that time also putting a layer of glue on the wall where you intend the piece to go. Then pick up the wet piece and carefully line it up against the vertical line where you want it. Using your hands stick it smoothe to the wall. THEN wait 1-2 minutes and PULL IT OFF again! This may sound like madness, but the paper needs that stretch. Put it back again and smoothen it once more. Now using a dry new sponge 'wipe' it into it's final position making sure there are no bubbles at all. In case of a bubble, pull it off again and so on.
3. OMG I am now at strip no. 8 or so and strip no. 1 is forming bubbles and I did exactly what I was told?!?!?
Calm down :) This is not 'normal' wallpaper. This is wallpaper combined with a print and does not breathe. If you have tried gluing 'shiny' paper on f.ex. cardboard for christmas decorations, you will probably have noticed that tiny bubble form in the drying proces and then dissappear again later. This also happens here. The bubble or lines will go away again once the paper dries and it takes 12-24 hours.
Very large bubbles however will not, so make sure you have stretched the paper in the 'pull off' maneuvre mentioned above. Rather once too many.
I think it's a beautiful print suited for any childs room. It's good quality materials, high resolution print, but slightly challenging to put up if you are the very impatient type. I work in a hospital, not with room decorations, but even I made a beautiful wall in my sons bedroom. Don't waste money on a professional. You can do it!!
My son almost wet himself in excitement when he saw it, so totally worth the challenge.
5: Time consumption:
It took me 2½ hours from start until all was cleaned up and washed off. My wall had an 'bumpy' wallpaper on it already, to I hired a steamer and spent about 2 hours taking off the old paper and mending small holes etc. Then before applying the new paper I sanded the mends by hand. Still not completely smooth, but it was not visible afterwards.
Totally worth the cost of £31 at amazon.
Have fun and I hope this was helpful to you.