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When I moved into my new home last year I was faced with lots of decorating to bring it up to date and to my own tastes, I had help from a friend to hang the wallpaper but as it was strictly a mass-DIY job rather than anything professional we had a lot to do in a relatively short period of time. I was pleased with the end results and for the most part it was a tedious job well done but as neither myself or my helper are professional decorators there were a few areas where the finish wasn't as good as it could have been and in areas such as above my radiators I noticed that some of the paper had started to lift. I'd bought a wallpaper border for my bedroom but never seemed to get round to hanging it so deciding to kill two birds with one stone I thought I'd look for some adhesive that would not only get my border hung but also stick back down the lifting paper.
Solvite's Border and Overlap adhesive looked like the ideal thing to buy, I didn't want to have to mix up a whole batch of wallpaper paste just for a few bits of lifting paper and a small wallpaper border so I bought a tube from B&Q for a little over £4.00 and set to the job at hand. The tube is sold as shown here, Solvite is a recognisible and respected name in the decorating industry and given the fact that the adhesive is ready made in the tube it was just a case of adding it to the paper and letting it do its magic. Clear instructions for use are printed on the reverse of the tube although it's pretty straight forward how it works so once the cap was removed and the end of the tube pierced it's simply a case of adding the adhesive either directly to a wall for any papering repairs or to the back of a border that's waiting to be hung.
The adhesive is stickier than traditional wallpaper paste, quite thin in consistency and spreads well, I found it to be easy to apply although did start off using more than was needed but it's easy to wipe away and didn't leave any sticky residue behind. The tube I bought holds enough adhesive to hang 12 metres of border although I didn't have to use my whole tube for the small jobs I bought it for and given that it has a screw top cap it's easy to store and to reach for when needed. I found it particularly effective for the lifting wallpaper I had above my radiators although it has left a few crinkles where the paper originally dried out and has since been stuck back down again, for those lifting or unfinished edges that aren't above a heat source it provides an invisible repair and has given me a good finish to the original jobs that were undertaken last year.
It's suitable for all types of wallpaper including vinyls and being an adhesive would also come in handy for craft usage or general repairs as the instructions indicate that it can be used on leather, card, paper etc. It is rather expensive when compared to generic wallpaper paste but you are paying for the convenience with something like this and for those little, annoying jobs I do think that it's worth the money and saves a whole lot of messing around. For around £4-£5 depending where it's bought from I think it's a handy product for any DIY decorator to own and I'd definitely recommend Solvite's Border and Overlap adhesive to other people.
Five stars as a rating from me, thanks for reading my review.
Solvite overlap and Border adhesive is the name, fixing is the game. Wall paper paste in a tube!! Not quite but you get the idea.
This adhesive is specifically designed to be used for localised wallpaper repairs and for fixing borders to existing Wallpapers. It is not designed for fixing full rolls or strips of Wallpaper.
The adhesive itself is a White "Glue" somewhat reminiscent of PVA glue; it even smells similar to PVA glue. The tube is about 10 inches long and contains a decent amount of adhesive, which, according to the tube is enough to stick 12 Metres ( 13.5 yards in real money ), of 4 inch border onto an existing wall or 8 Metres ( 9 yards ) of 6 inch wide border onto a wall.
The adhesive flows quite freely from the integral nozzle of the tube without clogging and without being too thick or too runny, the consistency is just right. It is very easy to spread onto either a wall or paper and most importantly does not drip or run. If you do not use all of the contents in the tube, simply replace the substantial lid and it will live to fight another day. It seems to have a shelf life of Years after opening so there really is no waste at all. Even when a pre opened tube is two or three years old it appears to work just as well as it did when fresh, there seems to be no deterioration in performance what so ever.
How to use.
Simplicity itself, all you have to do to use it is spread it over the back of the Border and stick the border onto the wall, press firmly to remove bubbles etc - its as simple as that, the job is done. Any surplus adhesive is easily removed with a damp cloth; there is no more to it.
Repairs are just as easy too, simply apply a thin film of Solvite to the wall, dampen, with a moist cloth, the back of the paper you wish to reaffix and press it down onto the wall, smooth to remove bubbles - again its done.
The adhesive stays moist plenty long enough for you to easily adjust the position of either border or paper, so you have no excuses for not getting a perfect job.
This adhesive from Henkel really is good stuff. I have no problems to report at all, it's all good news.
According to the tube it can also be used as an adhesive for sticking paper, card, leather, most fabrics and carpets amongst other things. I cannot comment on these uses as I have never tried it with any of them. Perhaps if you have you could leave a comment to that effect.
There are various Instructions printed on the tube, please read them as they are important if you want to get the best from this product, but there does not appear to be any real problems with contents or worrying safety warnings, so it is reasonable to assume that this Adhesive is pretty safe stuff to use... All it says re safety etc is to wear work clothes and keep it away from Animals and children, wash hands after use. Pretty standard and obvious stuff really.
That's about it really; it's another of those products which does exactly as it says it will, doing it with the minimum of fuss.