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Finishing touches

Papering Cover Plates

Checking your wallpaper job - How to get professional wallpapering results: After you have finished wallpapering a room, check for final touch-ups while the job is still fresh.

• Pay special attention to the seams. If you rolled the seams too hard or rolled them before the adhesive set, you may have squeezed too much adhesive from under the edges of the covering. These edges will look tight while they are wet but will bubble after the wallpaper is dry.

• Stand close to the wall, looking down its length with a strong sidelight to check for imperfections.

• Use a strong sidelight to see any bubbles or loose spots in the coverage.

CLEAR PLASTIC COVER PLATES—THERE IS A BETTER MOUSETRAP! Covering switchplates and receptacle plates takes less time to do than it does to explain. But if you're in a real hurry or just tired of messing with wallpaper, someone has come up with a quick fix. Check your paint and wallpaper department for a clear plastic cover made for wallpaper. It's really two pieces that snap together. Cut a piece of paper to fit, sandwich it between the two pieces, and then snap them together. You'll need to cut out a hole for the switch or outlets and poke a smaller hole for each screw. Finally screw the plate in place.

1 REMOVE THE COVER PLATE AND REINSERT THE SCREWS. Place wallpaper over the fixture so the patterns match. Rub the surface of the wallpaper to emboss the outline of the fixture.

2 ALIGN THE COVER PLATE ON THE WALLPAPER WITH THE EMBOSSED MARKS. Mark the corners of the cover plate and the openings with a pencil. Trim the wallpaper 1/2 inch wider than the cover plate. Trim the corners diagonally, cutting just outside the corner marks.

3 APPLY VINYL-ON-VINYL ADHESIVE TO THE COVER PLATE AND WALLPAPER. Attach the cover plate to the wallpaper and smooth out bubbles. Wrap the overlap around the cover plate and tape the edges in place.

4 CUT OUT THE COVER PLATE OPENINGS WITH A RAZOR KNIFE AND MOUNT THE PLATE IN PLACE. Open up the screw hole by gently pushing a finishing nail through it from front to back. Attach to the wall with a screw.

Repair and maintenance

Fixing A Bubble

1 CUT A SLIT THROUGH THE BUBBLE USING A RAZOR KNIFE. If there is a pattern in the wallpaper, cut along a pattern line to hide the slit.

2 INSERT THE TIP OF THE GLUE APPLICATOR THROUGH THE SLIT and apply adhesive sparingly to the wall under the wallpaper. Sponge off excess glue.

Fixing Seams - Dampen the wallpaper to make it easier to put back in position. Lift the wallpaper edge and insert the tip of the glue applicator. Squirt vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive onto the wall and gently press the seam flat. Let it stand for half an hour, smooth lightly with a roller, and wipe the seam lightly with a damp sponge.

Patching Wallpaper

1 FASTEN A SCRAP OF MATCHING WALLPAPER OVER THE DAMAGED PORTION using blue painter's tape, aligning the scrap so that the patterns match.

2 HOLDING A RAZOR KNIFE AT A 90-DEGREE ANGLE TO THE WALL, cut through both layers of wallpaper. If the wallpaper has strong pattern lines, cut along the lines to hide the seams. With less definite patterns, you can cut irregular lines.

3 REMOVE BOTH LAYERS OF PAPER. Peel away the damaged wallpaper. Apply adhesive to the back of the patch and position it in the hole so that the pattern matches. Rinse the patched area with a damp sponge.

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