End of dark wallpaper

We recently put up some wallpaper which had a black background. I was really upset that the white edge of the paper shows on every join, but too late now.  We are now in the process of putting up more wallpaper in another room. This time the background is dark navy.  I have searched on the internet for answers and the upshot seems to be that before starting to paper, you should colour the ends of the rolls with a dark colour - using a Caran  D'Ache watercolour crayon.  I have bought one but what I can't find an answer to is - do you put it on dry or wet it first?  Can anyone advise please?  I just wondered also whether the colour could stain the wallpaper once it is wet with paste?


  • EssexExile
    EssexExile Posts: 6,093
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    Sorry I can't help but I've had the same problem. They should really use a dark backing paper for dark wallpaper, it seems blindingly obvious to me but not to the manufacturers.
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  • flo22
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    I have wallpaper which has a navy background and I'm afraid that the answer is how you hang the wallpaper.  I don't have white lines but I did spend a considerable amount of time when hanging to make sure it was perfect (lots of smoothing), my paper has been up over 10 years and still no fraying at the seams.
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  • uralmaid
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    Its not to do with how the wallpaper is hung.  It is the fact that dark wallpaper is printed onto a white backing so when you put one piece next to another the white edge shows.  We have done lots of papering over the years and hubby is a perfectionist.  
  • twopenny
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    When hanging wall paper the pattern should match the pattern.
    Surely if there a white edge you need to overlap?
    But if there's a white edge on both sides that's poor design/production.

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  • Doozergirl
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    Does the crayon work on normal paper without being wet?   If so, there's your answer.  

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  • markin
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    edited 23 January at 11:04PM
    skip to near 5min.

    Can you not just do the ends without rolling it all out?
  • uralmaid
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    Yes, that is what I intend to do. Thanks

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