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How to install Lincrusta Wallcoverings

Wall Preparation A fully prepared surface is essential when hanging Lincrusta. Old paper must be fully removed, walls must be washed down and dry and imperfections must be filled. The walls must then be rubbed down before applying a coat of size.

It is recommended that non-porous surfaces like solvent-based walls should be cross-lined for maximum adhesion. A ready-mixed adhesive containing fungicide should be used to apply the lining paper. This must then be allowed to dry thoroughly before using Lincrusta glue to hang the wallpaper.


Ceilings must be strong enough to hold the weight of Lincrusta. A minimum of two people are recommended for this task with a maximum of hanging 2 metres at a time.

Application Preparation

  1. Plan your start and finish points in the room to minimize wastage, and plumb your first length
  2. Match each length where necessary. Cut individual lengths to size adding 50mm (2”) at the top and bottom for trimming
  3. Trim off the selvedge by undercutting the edges using a knife and straight edge, taking care to avoid edge damage. Refer to table on reverse for details of recommended trim measurement for individual designs
  4. Sponge the back with warm water and leave to soak for 20-30 minutes. For best results place lengths back to back while soaking. Soaking allows for expansion and aids application of adhesive
  5. After soaking, wipe the back with a dry sponge to remove excess water
  6. Apply Lincrusta Adhesive to the back using a 50-75mm (2-3") synthetic bristle paint brush. A roller can be used for larger areas
  7. Apply length to the surface and smooth down using a 178mm (7") felt roller, working from the middle to the outer edges expelling all air bubbles
  8. To form lower edge, mark Lincrusta at each side, level with top of skirting or dado. Place cutting board behind Lincrusta leaning against wall, and cut between pencil marks using knife
  9. Sponge off any surplus adhesive from the surface.
  10. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours prior to de-greasing and decorating

Internal Corners

Cut to fit into the corner. Hang the remaining off-cut to a plumb line on the adjacent wall, trimming to fit in corner. Trim any areas of high relief in the corner at 45° angle to fit.

External corners

For gently rounded corners, Lincrusta can be smoothed round in one piece. Where the angle is sharp, cut the Lincrusta to finish flush at the corner. Hang the remaining off- cut to a plumb line on adjacent wall, equal to the minimum width of off- cut. Fill any gaps at the external corner using Linseed putty.


Use a sharp knife and metal straight edge to remove the selvedge on Lincrusta wallcoverings, friezes and dado panels.


Lincrusta adhesive is specially formulated for the product and thus, is highly recommended. The glue can be bought in 1 litre and 5 litre sizes.
1 litre = 1 roll of Lincrusta (5.3 square metres) coverage

Painting Preparation

After hanging, allow the Lincrusta to dry for 24 hours.


To remove grease from the surface you can use white spirit or turps and then leave to dry overnight. Alternatively you can use, “Lincrusta surface degreaser” to remove grease, wash off after 10 minutes, and then leave for 2 hours before priming.

Primers and paints

You can use water and oil-based paints. For water-based paints use acrylic primer first, for oil-based paints use oil-based primer.
Lincrusta can be repainted
Although Lincrusta DIY is encouraged, it is a specialist product with some specific requirements so a specialist installer is preferable to ensure the highest quality.

Watch this video for advice on installing your Lincrusta wallcovering. For more videos and instructions visit the official Lincrusta site at


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