Flaw of the Day – Blotches Test My Splicing Skills

See the smudge of white ink in the first photo? There were quite a few of these defects, and I didn’t discover them until I already had two strips on the wall. The manufacturer usually won’t replace paper once it’s been cut, and especially if it’s up on the wall. So I opted to use scraps of paper, splice them in, and finish the job.

In the second photo, you see that the strip went from the ceiling to about 3′ from the floor. I chose this, rather than having the splice be 3′ from the ceiling, which would bring it to eye level.

The paperhanger’s technical term for a splice is a “double cut.” In the third photo, the first piece is in place, and the second piece has been put in place below it and overlapping a few inches, carefully matching the pattern. To help disguise the splice, it’s better to make a double cut in the middle of a design, than in an area that has lots of blank space.

Double cutting is tricky, as you have to use a very sharp blade, and press hard enough to cut through both layers of paper, but not cut into the primer or the wall. If the primer or wall becomes cut or compromised, there is the potential of the paper drying, shrinking, and pulling enough that it could curl away from the wall.

To prevent this, I put a thin strip underneath where the cut would be made, to keep from cutting into the wall. Even this is tricky, because whatever is used underneath will add some thickness, and once the cut is made and the buffer material is removed, there is the possiblilty that the seam won’t meet absolutely perfectly. You also have to be sure that the paste didn’t get wiped off or dried out during this procedure.

As you can see in the last shot, the splice turned out pretty darned good, matches perfectly, lies flat, and dried nice and clean. 🙂

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