Wallpapering new plaster: Pro tips for the perfect prep

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You might think it's easy when it comes to wallpapering new plaster and it can be as long as you get your preparation right. New plaster will soak up any moisture really quickly meaning that you will find it really difficult to slide or move wallpaper into position.

You might already know how to wallpaper, but never encountered new plaster before in the process. To solve this problem you need to size the plaster, which is the name used to seal new plaster. There are a few options you can use to size/seal the plaster, which we reveal here.  

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.