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From the wallpaper problem solver - quick reference guide

Shading on wallcoverings is normally the fault of the manufacturer's printing process.


Edgeshade is where there is a colour variation from one side of the sheet to the other.

With plain all-over designs and some textural type designs, the technique of reverse hanging can be applied. This involves reversing every other strip to match up shading variations.

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Shade roll to roll

Shade roll to roll is where there is a colour variation between rolls in the same batch number. This product should not be installed and should be taken back to the supplier for replacement.

Uneven emboss

Uneven emboss is where the embossment of the wallcovering is deeper or lighter on one edge. This will give an effect of shade variation. This is normally most prevalent when looking along a finished wall where the light dark variation is most conspicuous.


NOTE:  An installer should check all rolls prior to commencement of the job. Most shade problems can be seen during the installing of the first three rolls.

It is the responsibility of the installer to SHADE all rolls prior to the commencement of the job and not continue if shading is discovered.

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Thank you to Aspiring Walls for providing the information for this quick reference guide.

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