Wallpaper Install + Care

Sixhands always recommends professional wallpaper installation but for those die hard DIY fans please see the 4 step instruction guide and a video clip to help you get started!

Please contact The Hands if you have any questions about installing your Sixhands wallpaper!
Check out this installation of Sixhands Wallpaper using the double-cut installation method.

The surface to be covered must be dry, sound, uniformly absorbent, clean and smooth. Remove old wallpaper and any unsound coatings completely. Close any holes or irregularities with plaster-based filler and smooth the surface.

In order to make absorbency consistent and reinforce old plaster surfaces or new plasterboard surfaces, prime the surface with water-based plaster sealer. Prime new gypsum plaster and firm highly absorbent surfaces with diluted wallpaper paste.

Painting: Installers recommend a white acrylic based undercoat followed by a white high gloss acrylic paint, sanding between coats.  Please note* Wash and Wear, low sheen & semi gloss paints contain chemicals that repel adhesives.
Chemicals such as silicon & Teflon render the surface unsuitable for Wallpaper adhesion.  Painted walls require at least 48 hrs drying time prior to wallpaper installation. To install Wallpaper, a dust free environment is required for a high quality finish and bond.

Sixhands wallpaper can be hung with standard wallpaper installation tools, for adhesion we recommend Merilux or Metylan. It is possible to use other water based wallpaper paste with Sixhands wallpapers, please follow adhesive manufacturer’s instructions.

We recommend to paste the wall, ensuring generous and even coverage of the area to be covered by the first drop, paying particular attention to the edges, the top and bottom. It is possible to apply the adhesive to the wallpaper instead of the wall, depending on your installers preferred installation technique.

The wallpaper artwork repeat width is 700mm and is supplied with additional 20mm printed bleed each
side of the repeat line as allowance for the double cut trimming installation method, a technique used
to obtain perfectly fitted joins. This is done by overlapping one drop of wallpaper over the other until the pattern repeat is aligned and seamless. A sharp blade is used to cut through both layers and then the excess bleed edges are removed. Be extra careful not to scratch the paper with the ends of the steel ruler or blade. Alternatively a ‘double cutter’ tool can be used, ask your installer.

Please see diagrams below for the double cut installation technique.

STEP 1. The pattern repeat line (indicated by black dotted line) is in from each edge approx 3cm. Outside of this line is the “bleed allowance”:

Step 1

















STEP 2. Place one wallpaper strip over the other allowing the bleed to overlap.
Make sure the pattern repeat is matching across the two bleed areas so the design continues seamlessly:
step 2

You may need to cut away some of the bleed area where the logos are so you can see exactly where to line up the pattern:
Step 3


Then using a blade and steel ruler, cut through both layers along the repeat line (indicated here by dotted line) then remove the bleed scraps:
Step 4


Special tools for double cut installation will help you get a professional finish.  This “double cutter” will protect the dry wall from razor damage cuts 2 overlapping layers of wallpaper so that the seams match up perfectly.

Wipe down with a soft damp cloth and water. Do not use solvent based cleaners.  Wallpaper by nature is delicate so handle with care.

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