All about 1200 Grade Lining Paper

Lining paper has been around for a while and recently we have seen more specialist varieties come to market, so as well as prepping your walls for wallpapering, you can now get insulating and soundproofing liners. We’ve also seen an increase in the range of lining paper grades, or thicknesses. Today we’re going to take a look at 1200 grade lining paper and when you should use it.

What is 1200 Grade Lining Paper?

As mentioned previously, lining paper is available in different grades. This refers to the thickness of the paper. The lower the grade, the thinner the paper is. So 600 or 800 grade liner is very thin and best used if you have delicate wallpaper or nearly perfectly plastered walls. 2000 grade is the thickest and is designed to use on old walls with many imperfections.

As you can probably tell, 1200 lining paper is a medium thickness liner that is versatile enough to be used in a few different scenarios. Reasons to use it when redecorating are as follows:

  • To create a base – It can be used to create a smooth surface ready for painting or wallpapering on.To smooth uneven surfaces – 1200 grade liner can smooth over minor imperfections like pits and bubbles in the plaster.
  • To disguise cracks – 1200 grade liner can also cover over hairline cracks in the plaster caused by dried out plaster or slight house movements.
  • To cover over paint – As 1200 grade liner is a medium thickness paper, it can hide layers of paint and also some marks and stains. You should make sure any stains are sealed before putting on the lining paper so that they can’t leach into the liner and then into the covering paper or wallpaper.

So there you go – 1200 grade lining paper is the versatile jack of all trades lining paper. It can be used on any wall in your home, as well as ceilings. You can get it from a number of well-known brands like Anaglypta and Wallrock.

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Could You Be The UK’s Best Painter and Decorator?

ONE OF the UK’s leading tradesperson recommendation services,, is looking for the UK’s best painter and decorator following the launch of the UK Trade Awards 2014.

Businesses or single painters and decorators can nominate themselves for an award, or customers who have received an excellent service from their local painters and decorators can also nominate if they think they deserve to be recognised.

To be in the running, all nominees need to do is to visit the web address found at the bottom of this article, give their name, company name and give a brief outline of why they think they should win the award.

Each entrant should encourage their customers, friends and family to support them by casting their votes via the nomination form. will then also help with votes by promoting each entrant within all the company’s communication platforms.

There is also a unique download area on the nomination site which contains a poster and A5 leaflets that can be printed off and handed out to customers to help encourage voting.

The top three nominees for each category will be invited to an awards ceremony, which will take place in December, where winners will be announced and prizes given out.

All individual trade winners will then also be in the running to receive the overall winner award and be crowned ‘The UK’s Best Trader 2014’.

If you would like to nominate your business or you know a local tradesperson that deserves to be nominated then cast your vote or nominate by visiting

Voting closes on 3rd September 2014 and the top three nominees will be informed by September 10th 2014.

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A Guide to Wallpaper Brushes and Wallpaper Rollers

Although you might hear wallpaper referred to as an art by some people, it isn’t a skill that takes years to develop. There’s no reason why you can’t do a good job of it on your first attempt. All you need is a bit of common sense, attention to detail, and the right tools. This means wallpaper brushes and rollers. Today we’re going to take you through how to choose the right ones.

Wallpaper Brushes

There are many different shapes and sizes of wallpaper brush, so it’s important to get the correct one for your needs. First it’s important to note that wallpaper brushes and paint brushes are not the same thing. Wallpaper brushes tend to have softer bristles so that they can be used to brush wallpaper adhesive on to the back of lining paper or wallpaper in an even way, without damaging the wallpaper. Using a paint brush makes it less likely that the adhesive will be evenly spread – which can leave lumps that show through when the wallpaper is hung. The firmer bristles can also cause damage to the wallpaper itself.

There are two types of brushes for wallpaper. The first, we have already mentioned, is used to apply adhesive to the wallpaper. But a second kind, with even softer fibre bristles, are designed to smooth wallpaper when it’s on the wall, to remove air bubbles that form behind the wallpaper while it is drying.

Wallpaper Rollers

Rollers can be used as an alternative to wallpaper brushes. It works in much the same way to apply a thin, even layer of wallpaper paste to the wallpaper or even directly on to the wall. Different sizes of wallpaper rollers are available. Larger sizes are perfect for spreading paste across walls, while smaller ones are better when you need more precision, such as when hanging wallpaper borders to adding extra adhesive to the edges or corners of a room.

What to look out for when buying wallpaper rollers and brushes

  1. Quality – The purpose of using a wallpaper brush or roller is to make sure it spreads the adhesive uniformly. You also don’t want one that will shed bristles in the process. So it’s worth investing in a good quality brush. They will also be easy to clean and suitable for more resuse.   
  2. Price – Wallpaper brushes and rollers will come at various different prices. Usually the price will translate to the quality of the product, so we’d recommend choosing at least a mid-range priced brush.
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A Few Ways of Dealing With Damp Proofing Walls

Many homes in the UK suffer from damp walls at some time or other. It may be a minor issue with the main problem being unsightliness, but can be more severe and cause damage to the wall itself. Whatever the scale of the problem, it’s important not to leave damp untreated. Today we’re going to talk about the reasons walls become damp and how damp proofing walls can prevent or stop mould developing.

The Cause of Damp Walls

There can be a number of external and internal causes of damp walls. The most common reason for internal damp is that a room, typically a bathroom or laundry room, is poorly ventilated so steam cannot escape and forms into condensation on the walls. Although simply opening a window can combat it to some extent, it’s often an ongoing problem. External damp is usually more serious and comes down to issues such as rising damp and leaking roofs or gutters.

How Damp Proofing Can Help

Damp Proofing walls is just one of the ways to solve the problem of damp in your house. If you have a more serious external damp problem then a damp proofing course is probably what’s needed. It’s quite costly and intrusive to set up as it involves applying sheets of felt, made from polymer modified bituminous membranes, to your wall. It will prevent damp penetrating the wall. But if you have internal damp caused by condensation then using damp proofing wallpaper might be a good option. Doric Anderton sell Three In One Damp Proof Foil Paper. You can apply it directly to the wall and then cover over with standard wallpaper. It stops damp penetrating the walls, similar to a damp proofing course. The other option is to use damp proof paint. They are usually labeled as anti-mould or anti-mildew paint and can be applied directly to walls. You can then paint or apply wallpaper over it if you wish. They are generally long lasting so you shouldn’t see mould spots forming there again.

So now you know the options available, no need to worry if you spot mould in your house.

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How to Hang Wallrock Thermal liner and Wallrock KV600 Lining paper

If you are applying over plaster bare lightly sand then PVA bond 2 times to seal the wall

If you are applying over painted plaster light sand then PVA bond to seal the wall

You can apply over a paper product e.g. lining paper, woodchip embossed papers. Do not apply over vinyl, blown vinyl wallpaper as this will reduce the breathability of the thermal liner. Again lightly sand then PVA bond the wallpaper.

Once this is done let the PVA dry for a minimum 24 hours at normal room temperature no heating windows open if possible.

Mark the wall away from the corner approx. 70cm (thermal Liner) 95cm (KV600) and draw a plumb line (straight) to start from.

Once this is done open the thermal liner adhesive and stir (if in a bag empty into the tub first)

Cut lengths before starting

Apply a good amount of adhesive working away from the corner to the wall enough to hang 1 strip at a time thermal liner (apply approx.. 1 m wide) (KV600 1.3m Wide) this is so there is enough to cover the edges at both sides using a medium pile roller and a brush for the top , bottom and corners.

Repeat the above until you get into the opposite corner, cut and trim into the corner do not go around internal corners as they are not usually straight.

Once you have done this finish the wall on the opposite side going into the corner when you started from but did not do.

Repeat the above for the other walls.

Once this is done let dry for 24 hours at normal room temperature no heating windows open if possible.

Once dry you may need to lightly fill the joints with flexible filler but before doing this you must paint the joints with the paint you intend to use, DO NOT apply the filler directly on to the surface of the paper then when you come to sand down if will damage the surface of the wallrock thermal liner. If painted first then when you sand down you will be sanding onto a painted surface

If wallpapering on top then if the gaps are very small the wallrock power adhesive will fill them if you need to fill there is no need to paint the paper first as you will be covering it with the wallrock Fibreliner, Premium, Fibreliner plus, Armadillo, Wallrock Texture or Wallrock Trend.

Tips to hanging

  1. Applying around external corners is ok but you will end up with a rounded corner
  2. If you want a straight corner you must use the wallrock Fibreliner, Premium, Fibreliner plus, Armadillo, Wallrock Texture or Wallrock Trend to hide the cut as you will see the furry backing of the wallrock Thermal Liner .
  3. Again as above if you do around windows but if you go around you might need to pin the thermal liner in place to stop it springing back just until it is dry.
  4. Light switches and plugs – just screw away and tuck behind (you may need to buy longer screws to secure back) when tightening be careful not to over tighten as this will push into the wallrock thermal liner surface.

Download Wallrock KV600 Thermal Liner Hanging Instructions & Wallrock Thermal Liner Hanging Instructions Here.

You can Buy Wallrock KV600 Thermal Liner Here

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How Wallrock Thermal Liner Range Cuts Energy Costs And Saves You Money

All home owners will have noticed the cost of running their homes going up and up in recent years. The big energy operators have all raised their prices again recently, making it the most expensive time in living memory to heat and power your home. But you can soften the blow by lowering your energy usage.

One big area to tackle is lighting your house. Use natural light as much as possible by opening curtains and blinds fully in the day. Get into the habit of switching off lights when you go out of a room and switching off timers when you go away.

The second area is heating. Turning your thermostat down a couple of degrees won’t make much difference to you, but it will to your bills. Making sure windows are properly sealed and that your loft is insulated will stop heat escaping through them. Now for your walls, the best thing to use is Wallrock Natural Thermal Liner.

The range of Wallrock Thermal Liner products have been purposely designed to make it quicker to heat up a room, and keep that heat from escaping your walls. So the amount of energy, and money, you save is twofold.

Sound too good to be true? Here’s how it works…

Wallrock Natural Thermal Liner has been developed by Erfurt Mav using aerospace technology. It’s made from an advanced thermal insulator, which prevents heat escaping through it, that’s been bonded to a high quality lining paper that means you can paste it on the wall just like normal wallpaper. You can easily cover the thermal lining paper with the design of wallpaper covering you want to be visible on your walls. There will be no visible change to your walls, but you should notice that your rooms heat up more quickly and stay heated.

As well as bringing your energy costs down, Wallrock Natural Thermal Liner has the added benefit of helping prevent condensation, mould and damp – something that is always welcome.

But all of this doesn’t come at great cost. Wallrock Thermal Liner is affordable, especially when you factor in the savings you’ll make on your bills. So take a look at Wallrock Thermal Liner range today, another environmentally friendly product from Erfurt Mav




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Saarpor Lining Paper – The Five Liners

A lot has changed in the world of home decorating since people used to line their walls with newspaper to soak up the damp and provide an extra layer of insulation. Since then, things have progressed rapidly in the field of insulating wallpaper and lining papers. One company leading the way in the innovation and design of insulating wallpaper is Saarpor. We’ll take a look at their range of five liners below.

Graphite Insulating Lining Paper

Saarpor’s most well known lining paper is Saarpor Graphite Insulating Lining Paper. Saarpor graphite utilizes the natural reflectivity of graphite to bounce heat back into your room. Saarpor Graphite Insulating Lining Paper is made from polystyrene that has been infused with graphite particles then laminated onto high quality lining paper. Its insulating effects are equivalent to 26cm of concrete.The savings on your energy costs are twofold as it not only reflects the heat already in the room, it also prevents heat escaping.

Heat Saving Insulation Polystyrene

Saarpor’s Heat Saving Insulation Polystyrene is designed to keep your home warm. It’s made from 2mm of polystyrene, which not only prevents heat loss but also insulates about noise by reflecting soundwaves. The thickness of the insulation also means that the paper will cover over minor cracks and plastering imperfections.

Sound Proof Insulating Liner

For homes that require more thorough sound protection Saarpor have developed Sound Proof Insulating Liner. It’s made from a 6mm thick combination of sound absorbing foam laminated to heavy lining paper.

The foam will absorb as much sound as 10cm of concrete.

The end result is a product that will block out everything from noisy neighbours, to screaming kids, to loud music.

Red Label Insulating Lining Paper

Saarpor’s Red Label Insulating Lining Paper is a moderate insulating lining paper made from 4mm of polystyrene and a high quality lining paper. It’s halfway between the lighter 2mm Insulating Polystyrene and the heavier Graphite Insulating Lining Paper.

Red Label Insulating Lining Paper has a double benefit when it comes to heating your home – It not only enables you to heat a room more quickly, it also traps heat in the room for longer.

It also has the added benefit of providing protection from mould and condensation so is the ideal product for homes in areas prone to dampness.

Latex Sound Proof Wall Liner

Latex Sound Proof Wall Liner’s made from 5mm thick latex foam – a modern and innovative material that provides impressive sound insulation, especially compare to thicker products.

That concludes our look at Saarpor Lining Paper – an impressive range with something to suit all types of home and budget.

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800 Grade Lining Paper Hanging Instructions


The ideal surface for application of wall coverings is one that is ‘slightly absorbent’ and not glossy. This allows the adhesive to form a good bond with the surface.

Remove any loose or flaking paint, clean walls and allow to dry. We recommend that ALL surfaces are lightly sanded and ‘Sized’ with a PVA or Flake Adhesive. New plaster should also be ‘Sized’.

800 Lining Paper has two surfaces finishes. We recommend the outer surface of the roll offers an improved finish for paint or decorating wallpaper. Please ensure that all lengths are pasted on the same side.


  1.  Mark a straight line on the wall using a plumb line or similar (please note that lining paper should ideally be applied at 90º to the final wall covering if it is to be used as a base for decorative wallpaper).
  2.  Measure and cut lengths of 800 grade lining paper allowing extra for trimming at either end. Apply the adhesive evenly ensuring the edges are covered.
  3. Fold lengths but Do Not crease and leave each length to soak for the same period of time until pliable; usually 7-10 minutes.
  4. Apply the first length of 800 grade lining paper to the guideline, smooth down with a brush or wallpaper smoother. Remove any adhesive from the face of the paper using a sponge and clean water. Do not overlap; use butt joints for all subsequent lengths.
  5. Cut off any excess 800 grade lining paper at the ceiling, floors and corners using a Ofla heavy duty snap knife. Alternatively carefully mark the paper surface using a pencil and trim with scissors.
  6. Allow 24 hours for drying; longer if conditions are especially humid or cold. We also recommend that 800 grade lining paper is allowed to dry naturally and therefore that the heating is turned off whilst the paper dries out. However; if temperatures are likely to drop below 10˚c/50˚F it is advisable that low level heating is  used to ensure the adhesive can cure effectively.
  7. Before painting or overhanging with paper, it may be necessary to fill and sand any small gaps using flexible non shrinking filler.
  8. Once dry, apply the final wall covering or paint with a good quality emulsion paint.


For perfect results we recommend you use a good quality ready mixed adhesive such as ‘Easy Paste’, or any good quality ‘All Purpose’ wallpaper paste in doubt test hang a piece or consult your supplier.

Download 800 Lining Paper Hanging Instructions Here

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How do you know when to use 1700 grade lining paper?

If you’re a beginner when it comes to DIY, you might question whether the added cost and time of using lining paper is completely necessary? One clue that it is, is that most professional decorators will always use it. This is due to one thing – the condition of most walls, especially in older houses, is that they contain imperfections and need lining. But there’s another question that might stump the novice home redecorator – What grade of lining paper to use. This article looks at when you might need to use a 1700 grade lining paper.

What is lining paper and what do number grades mean?

Lining paper is a wall covering that should be hung on walls before wallpaper to smooth over the walls. They are classed according to numbers, with 600 and 800 grades being the thinnest and 1700 and 2000 being the thickest.

When is 1700 Grade Lining Paper needed?

As we’ve already mentioned, lining paper 1700 grade is one of the thickest lining papers available. It’s designed specifically to even out and disguise imperfections on plastered walls. This might include anything from pitting or bubbling caused by the way the plaster dried, to gouges and scoring caused by wallpaper removal. 1700 grade lining paper can also be used to stop stains or marks from showing or leaching through onto wallpaper.

Where to buy 1700 lining paper

Lower grades of lining paper are produced by many brands and are easy to find in many DIY stores as well as online. But the higher grades are not available so widely. They are usually more expensive than lower grades of lining paper due to the more complex manufacturing process. One of the brands that produces 1700 grade is Erfurt Mav. You should be able to find this from a few online stores.

So there you go – if you think you have walls that require a thicker lining paper then opt for 1700 grade next time you redecorate.

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All About 800 Grade Lining Paper

We strongly recommend that everyone use lining paper before hanging wallpaper to get a smooth, professional looking finish. There are range of grades or thicknesses available from different brands. Today, we’re going to look at 800 Grade lining Paper what it does, how to hang it and how to choose what brand to buy.

What 800 Grade Lining Paper Does

Lining Paper 800 Grade is one of the thinnest kinds of lining paper on the market. It’s intended to prepare your walls before you hang wallpaper, so the finish will be smooth. You can use it to cover over minor imperfections in the wall such as hairline cracks, pits or bubbles. It can be used on smooth walls as well, to make it easier to hang wallpaper.

Quality v Price

There are many different versions of 800 lining paper on the market, and they vary greatly in terms of quality. Although all 800 grade lining papers should be the same thickness, they will not be the same quality. We would recommend going for the highest priced (and quality) liner you can afford in your budget. Going for cheaper liners might end up costing you in the long run as cheaper lining paper is more likely to tear or crease while hanging.

What You Need To Hang 800 Wallpaper

When you buy lining paper, you should also purchase adhesive, a sharp knife or wallpaper scissors and a wallpaper brush. The type of adhesive you need will be stated on the label of the lining paper so always check. It should also say whether it’s best to paste the wall or the lining paper. The knife or scissors are for trimming the paper to size and the brush for getting rid of air bubbles from the paper.

So now you know about 800 grade lining paper, consider using it next time you redecorate.

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