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Lining paper is a type of wall covering that helps you to smooth over and cover rough or uneven walls before painting or wallpapering. It's perfect solution in older houses where the walls may not be smooth enough to apply wallpaper directly. Our collection of lining paper is sold in rolls so that you can cut to the desired size; available in a range of different thickness grades, from a thin 800 to a thick lining paper of 1700, to accommodate all your lining paper requirements. Another benefit of lining paper for painting is it adds an extra layer of thermal and sound absorption to the room. If you're decorating a room with imperfections and small cracks in the walls, make sure lining paper is on your shopping list; you won't regret it!

Lining paper

Lining paper is a type of wall covering that helps you to smooth over and cover rough or uneven walls before painting or wallpapering. It's perfect solution in older houses where the walls may not be smooth enough to apply wallpaper directly. Our collection of lining paper is sold in rolls so that you can cut to the desired size; available in a range of different thickness grades, from a thin 800 to a thick lining paper of 1700, to accommodate all your lining paper requirements. Another benefit of lining paper for painting is it adds an extra layer of thermal and sound absorption to the room. If you're decorating a room with imperfections and small cracks in the walls, make sure lining paper is on your shopping list; you won't regret it!

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Can you paint lining paper?

Yes, you can absolutely paint lining paper. Lining paper is often used as a base layer to smooth out walls or provide additional insulation and serves as the perfect canvas for a lick of colour. Customise your lining paper to your heart's content, playing with different colours and designs to suit your intended aesthetic. Applying a primer or undercoat to the lining paper before painting will result in less paint being absorbed by the paper, but this is more of a personal preference than a necessity.
 

Do you hang lining paper horizontally or vertically?

Lining paper is versatile and can be hung horizontally or vertically, depending on your preference and the condition of the wall. Generally speaking, horizontally hanging lining paper is more common and recommended. The orientation of horizontal lining paper helps to minimise visible seams, allows for easier application, and helps to reinforce the stability of the paper. Vertically hanging lining paper can be a great choice if your wall has significant imperfections or unevenness, helping you to camouflage those issues with ease. Ultimately, it’s best to assess your specific situation to determine how to hang your lining paper. Check out our helpful guide 'How to hang lining paper' for installation tips.
 

Can you wallpaper over lining paper?

Yes, you can definitely wallpaper over lining paper. Lining paper is designed to provide a smooth and stable surface, making it an excellent base for walls with imperfections or unevenness. You’ll achieve great results when applying wallpaper over lining paper, but it’s important to ensure the lining paper is well adhered to the wall before applying the wallpaper. Don’t forget to consider the weight and thickness of the wallpaper you plan to use, as it may impact the overall texture and finish of the wall.
 

How long after hanging lining paper can you paint it?

After hanging lining paper, it’s recommended to wait for it to fully dry and settle before painting. As a general guideline, it’s best to wait at least 24 to 48 hours before painting over freshly hung lining paper, allowing the paper to fully dry and establish a stable surface for the paint to adhere to. Make sure to consider the lining paper used, the environmental conditions, and the adhesive used when evaluating drying time. Of course, it’s always a good idea to check the instructions provided with the lining paper for a more specific guidance on drying times.