What does a Paperhanger do?

Cover interior walls or ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, or attach advertising posters on surfaces such as walls and billboards. May remove old materials or prepare surfaces to be papered.

Jobs Roles

  • Smooth strips or sections of paper with brushes or rollers to remove wrinkles and bubbles and to smooth joints.
  • Trim rough edges from strips, using straightedges and trimming knives.
  • Trim excess material at ceilings or baseboards, using knives.
  • Check finished wallcoverings for proper alignment, pattern matching, and neatness of seams.
  • Mark vertical guidelines on walls to align strips, using plumb bobs and chalk lines.
  • Cover interior walls and ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, using hand tools.
  • Apply adhesives to the backs of paper strips, using brushes, or dunk strips of prepasted wallcovering in water, wiping off any excess adhesive.
  • Measure and cut strips from rolls of wallpaper or fabric, using shears or razors.
  • Place strips or sections of paper on surfaces, aligning section edges and patterns.
  • Fill holes, cracks, and other surface imperfections preparatory to covering surfaces.
  • Measure surfaces or review work orders to estimate the quantities of materials needed.
  • Apply sizing to seal surfaces and maximize adhesion of coverings to surfaces.
  • Smooth rough spots on walls and ceilings, using sandpaper.
  • Set up equipment, such as pasteboards and scaffolds.
  • Remove old paper, using water, steam machines, or solvents and scrapers.
  • Apply thinned glue to waterproof porous surfaces, using brushes, rollers, or pasting machines.
  • Mix paste, using paste powder and water, and brush paste onto surfaces.
  • Staple or tack advertising posters onto fences, walls, billboards, or poles.
  • Remove paint, varnish, dirt, and grease from surfaces, using paint remover and water soda solutions.
  • Apply acetic acid to damp plaster to prevent lime from bleeding through paper.