You probably already have many of the tools needed. Numbers 1 through 16 are those that are always needed for hanging wallcoverings. The remaining ones will be needed for specific types of wallcoverings and/or for special situations. Here’s a tip: good quality tools and sundries always pay off. If you need any of the following, buy the best you can afford!
- Yardstick for measuring
- Scissors for cutting and trimming
- Razor knife or breakaway type knife for trimming
- Seam roller for pressing and setting seams
Caution: Avoid pressing too hard. This can cause all of the paste to be squeezed out which can lead to loose seams.
- Wide wall scraper or broad knife
- Two-inch putty knife for patching walls
- String, colored chalk and weight for making plumb lines
- Carpenter’s level or bubble stick (the recommended way to make plumb lines)
- Smoothing brush
- Sponge for rinsing down strips
- Sandpaper and/or sandpaper block
- Drop cloth or brown kraft paper for protecting floors
Note: do not use newspapers as the ink may smear)
- Screwdriver for removing switch plates and fixtures
- Raised working surface for pasting and cutting strips (special tables are available at many wallcovering retailers)
- Water tray for wetting prepasted wallcoverings
- Paste brush, paint roller or pad applicator for pasting unpasted wallcovering
- Miscellaneous sundries for patching and preparing the walls including primer/sealers
- Adhesives for unpasted wallcoverings (see manufacturer instructions and/or ask your independent wallcovering retailers for the proper type for your project)
- Vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive for overlapping vinyl wallcoverings and special surfaces.