Most Common Problems: their Tricks & fixes

Air Bubbles

Not Enough Wallpaper

Visible Seams

Problem: You notice a lot of bubbles right after wallcovering is installed 


Solution: It is very common that some bubbles develop right after the wallpaper is installed. But don't freak out. Wait until the next day to check for bubbles. Give it 24 hours. chances are all bubbles will disappear after the glue dries. Of course the installer should smooth out any bubbles during installation. In case there are a few stubborn bubbles left, just puncture with a thin needle and slowly smooth it out. Or cut an x-shape with a sharp blade over the bubble and repaste the flaps down.

Visible Seams

Not Enough Wallpaper

Visible Seams

Problem: The wallpaper seams are too visible. Common problem when applying dark wallpaper on a white or clear wall.


Solution: Before install paint the wall same approximate color as the wallpaper background to disguise the seams.

Dark wallpapers often produce more obvious seams because the paper they are printed on is white, which means the thin edge of the paper creates a white seam. In this case use a dark crayon that matches the background color of the paper and color the edges of each strip before hanging.


Not Enough Wallpaper

Not Enough Wallpaper

The Wall’s Color Shows Through

Problem: Don’t have enough wallpaper to finish the job. And the paper is discontinued.


Solution: Call customer service of the company you bought the paper from and ask for the manufacturer who produced the paper. And call the manufacturer asking if they have any left.

Also, take note of the wallpaper run number. The run number is specific to a batch that your wallpaper was printed in. As colors and even the spacing of prints can vary slightly from one batch to another.


The Wall’s Color Shows Through

The Wall’s Color Shows Through

The Wall’s Color Shows Through

Problem: The wall paint color is showing through the wallpaper.


Solution: Not much you can do after the installation.

Before install, Always prime or paint the wall with a tinted primer in the same color or similar shade to the background color of the wallpaper.

Don't go darker than the wallpaper background color

Splotches In The Paper

The Wall’s Color Shows Through

Splotches In The Paper

Problem: The wallpaper is all splotchy with irregularly shaped spots after installation.


Solution: The best way to prevent this from happening is to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding paste. Especially when the paper material is very delicate. There are lots of different kinds of paste used to hang wallpaper. Many installers don't use the right paste.


Wallpaper In Bathrooms

The Wall’s Color Shows Through

Splotches In The Paper

Problem: Wallpaper in high moisture areas such as bathrooms tend to peel.


Solution: Always select "splashproof" wallpaper. This wallpaper wipeable and is specifically designed for high humidity areas.

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Shotcount- Wallpaperers

700 12th Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia 20005, United States

(202) 552-9388 email: ben@shotcount.com