Hanging vintage vinyl, flock, metallic, and mylar wallpaper is much the same as hanging older wallpaper. Some time ago, we posted a detailed tutorial on How to Hang Vintage Wallpaper and included some helpful step-by-step photos. While those instructions were more specific to 1940s and 1950s era papers, they are easily adaptable to any type of wallpaper. If you're hanging retro vinyls, flocks, mylar, or metallics from the 1970s, follow the same wallpaper instructions, but make these adjustments.
- Apply a vinyl paste (not wheat paste)
Use a vinyl paste instead of a wheat paste and apply it directly to your clean walls using a paint roller. (Even though many retro vintage wallpapers were pre-pasted during their manufacturing, we do not recommend relying on that paste today, being that it's 40 years old.)
- Use the butting method
Most 1970s retro papers do not have selvage edges (or if they do, the paper is likely too thick to make a pleasant lapping joint). Butting is the suggested method for hanging vinyls, flocks, metallics, and mylars. If there is a selvage edge, trim off both sides. Otherwise, proceed to hanging each strip flush with the one beside it, being careful to match the pattern.
- Do not stretch the wallpaper
Do not pull and stretch the paper; it will return back to it's normal shape when dried. Make sure it joins together neatly without pulling.
- Use a paint roller to smooth FLOCK
For FLOCKS, smooth and press the seams with a soft, clean paint roller. Do not use a traditional hard seam roller as it will polish the flock. You may also used a pasting brush to gently tamp down the edges by tapping the bristles on the seam.
- Keep front of paper clean
Always wipe away any excess paste from the front of the wallpaper using a damp sponge.
- Brush the flocking in the same direction
After washing a FLOCK pattern, brush the flocking in an upward motion to lay the nap in the same direction as it dries. A flock wallpaper will release some loose fibers, but that's normal. When it's dried, you can clean flock with the brush attachment on your vacuum.
- Do not crease
Never make sharp creases in your paper while in the process of hanging, especially with Mylars or Foils, as they will be almost impossible to remove.