Wallpapering after plastering

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Wallpapering after plastering

The Guardian, Saturday 31 October 2009

The walls in my living room have just been skimmed – how long until I can put up wallpaper?

DIY expert Julian Cassell, co-author of DIY: Know-How With Show-How (Dorling Kindersley, £25), says you can decorate as soon as it turns from the dark pink of wet plaster to the light pink of dry plaster. This can be anything from two to five days, depending on the thickness and number of coats of plaster. Ideally, the walls should be lined with a lining paper, or seal them by brushing on a weak paste solution called “size” or use diluted PVA (one part PVA to five parts water) to make wallpapering easier.

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