How to Repair and Fix Wallpapers with Adhesives

Wallpapers are an excellent way to upgrade the appeal of your room. But they often tear easily and may become useless if you don’t repair them immediately. This article will show you several methods you can apply to fix your walls with adhesives. Below are various ways to use adhesives to repair wallpapers:

  • Replace rips in your wallpaper with matching patches
  • Fix your wallpaper seams
  • Remove bubbles in your wallpaper

Replace Rips in Your Wallpaper with Matching Patches

If you find a tear in your wallpaper, you can cut out the affected part and swap it with a similar patch of wallpaper. Follow these steps to fix your wallpaper with a new patch:

  • Look for an unused remnant of your original wallpaper. If you can’t find any remnants, you can buy a small piece of matching wallpaper from a store.
  • You’ll need an identical patch to make the adjustment invisible. Tape the patch over the damaged part of your wallpaper and align its patterns with your original wallpaper.
  • Next, use a razor to cut out both the affected area and the part of the patch placed over it together
  • Remove the tape to release the patch and put it away.
  • Now, peel off the damaged section carefully.
  • Add some adhesive such as super glue on the back of the patch and paste it into the gap in your wallpaper.

Fix Your Wallpaper Seams

A wallpaper seam connects two pieces of wallpapers together. Seams often come loose because someone squeezed out too much epoxy adhesive while trying to paste the wallpaper on a wall. Others may also peel off because the manufacturer of the wallpaper didn’t apply the glue properly.

Here’s how to repair a loose seam:

  • Get a wallpaper adhesive, a wooden seam roller and an artist’s brush.
  • Dip the brush into the adhesive and spread the glue on the underside of the loose seam.
  • Drag the wooden seam roller over the seam to flatten it on the wall.

If the loose seam has a horizontal tear, you must remember to flatten the top and bottom parts of the seam in their original order. Wallpaper makers always place the top part of the seam over the bottom portion to conceal the jagged line of the backing paper.

Remove Bubbles in Your Wallpaper

There are two types of wallpaper bubbles: Paint chip bubbles or air bubbles. Paint chip bubbles occur when an installer pastes a wallpaper over an unevenly painted wall. The paint chip on the wall will most likely create a wallpaper bubble, irrespective of the installer’s skill.

Air bubbles form when the wallpaper installer leaves some air between the wallpaper and the wall. Before you remove a bubble, it is important to determine the type of bubble it is. This will help you decide on the most efficient method to conduct the repair. To check the type of bubble in your wallpaper, press the bubble. If you feel a speck of dirt, it’s probably a paint chip. Take the following steps to remove a paint chip bubble:

  • Use a razor to cut an ‘X’ over the blister and remove the chip with a pair of tweezers.
  • Apply some glue under the torn part and flatten the wallpaper.

If you don’t feel any speck when you press the bubble, it’s probably just an air bubble.

The steps below demonstrate how to get rid of an air bubble:

  • Get a glue injecting syringe at a shop. Using a glue injecting needle is a neater and more efficient way to remove air bubbles than cutting a slit in your wallpaper.
  • Fill the syringe with glue and inject it into the bubble.

In some cases, inserting the needle through the wallpaper can stretch its vinyl. If that happens, you can just use a razor knife to cut a small slit over the bubble. Then, push the syringe through the slit to remove the blister.

Adhesives are a key ingredient in wallpaper installation. However, you can also use them to repair your wallpapers to keep your space beautiful.