Lining paper is used to create a flat surface base for applying wallpaper to your walls. Lining paper is most often waterproof and hides dents, scratches and tears in your drywall. Covering these blemishes with lining paper will provide you with a smooth no-hassle surface for your preferred wallpaper. Wallpaper has a tough time sticking to painted or oiled surfaces, so lining paper is used to create a plain material surface. Hang lining paper by applying wallpaper paste to the backside of the paper and pressing it against the wall.
Use a damp cloth to clean the surface of the walls to clear and dirt or dust that may prevent the lining paper from bonding to the wall.
Measure the height of your wall using a measuring tape. Use a utility knife to cut the lining paper into strips that measure the height of the wall.
Apply wallpaper paste to the backside of the top of the lining paper. Add more paste to the lining paper as you apply it to the wall. If you add the paste all at once, the paper may stick to itself before it is applied to the wall.
Apply the lining paper vertically to the wall. Start at the top of the wall and align the corners of the lining paper parallel to the ceiling. Make sure the lining paper is even with the top of the wall to prevent the lining paper from bonding unevenly.
Run a putty knife down the lining paper to form a tight, air-sealed bond. Hold the putty knife in your hand angling down and apply pressure to the putty knife as you run your hand vertically down the lining paper. Make sure all ends of the lining paper are bonded to the wall. Add a little wallpaper paste to any part of the lining paper that doesn't lie flat. Use the putty knife to flatten the paper, eliminating any air pockets.