Mix the paste correctly

Wallpapering is the classic home improvement work. But even here one or the other mistakes can creep in the preparations. In particular, due to the meanwhile high variety of different wallpaper materials, you sometimes need very special wallpaper pastes. In addition, the right mixing ratio, but also depends on the individual requirements. Therefore, as shown in the following, you will find useful tips for mixing paste.

The perfect paste for every wallpaper

Basically, wallpapering requires some practice, but it's not that hard. However, there is now a large selection of different wallpaper materials.

  • Murals
  • ingrain
  • fiberglass wallpaper
  • fleece fabric
  • metal wallpaper
  • vinyl wallpaper
  • textured wallpaper
  • Renoviervlies

Depending on which wallpaper you want to paper, you need a wallpaper paste that meets the requirements of the respective wallpaper material. This is especially important for non-woven wallpapers. Here you no longer use conventional cellulosic paste. Rather, here is a special paste especially for non-woven wallpaper used - but not to be confused with Renoviervlies.

Basically, you can distinguish some types of paste

  • Special paste for non-woven wallpaper
  • regular wallpaper paste made of methylcellulose
  • Special paste made of methyl cellulose, coated with synthetic resin components
  • Glue for wallpapering machines (glue machines), similar to special glue
  • various pastes made of methyl cellulose, with binders refined for plastic and vinyl wallpaper

The mixing ratio when mixing with the paste

Then comes the mixing ratio. Depending on the wallpaper used or for pre-pasting you need a different mixing ratio of water and paste. How much water you need for a pack of glues can be found in a table that can be found on the glue packs.

Old rules are no longer valid when mixed!

It is important that you use normal tap water that does not heat you. Even the older generations still know wallpaper paste, for which warm water was absolutely necessary for mixing. However, modern pastes can not tolerate warm water and the consistency can be adversely affected.

Instructions for mixing paste for wallpapering

  • wallpaper paste
  • water
  • Bucket for mixing
  • Piece to stir

1. Preparatory work

Preferably use a conventional plastic bucket with an approximate capacity of 10 liters. The buckets are big enough so that you can comfortably immerse yourself with the paste brush. It is important that the bucket is really clean. Also no old paste residues may be present.

2. Stirring the glue

Now fill the bucket according to the table on the paste with water. Now quickly stir in the complete paste pack. Each manufacturer gives different information, how long you should stir now.

Afterwards leave the paste to rest a bit according to the manufacturer's instructions. That's about half an hour for most paste products. The paste swells up during this time. Now stir the paste again until it is well mixed.

3. Mix peculiarities with the paste

For example, if you want to pre-glue particularly absorbent walls, dilute the glue very much. Incidentally, the Vorkleistern of walls makes sense on which you want to stick non-woven wallpaper later.

Tips & Tricks

Always stir the whole pack of paste. The powder or granules contain ingredients in different sizes and densities. During transport, fine, heavier ingredients are deposited in the pack. The mixing ratios of the individual ingredients would otherwise be wrong - and thus also the paste quality.

Some manufacturers of high-quality pasteboard products offer multi-chambered paste packs, so that even small amounts of paste can be mixed without any problem.

It is preferable to use branded products for the paste. Especially with paste there is a high risk of acquiring inferior products.

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