Wallrock Fibreliner

Wallrock Fibreliner

What is Wallrock Fibreliner?

It’s been on the market for a few years, but only recently started to become very popular with professional decorators and especially DIYers. Before we talk about Wallrock Fibreliner, let’s look at the good, old lining paper.

Lining paper is made of wood pulp – no surprises here. The fibres in wood pulp are relatively short, which means you can tear paper quite easily. This isn’t a big deal when you use paper for printing documents, photocopying etc; however, when it comes to putting it on the wall, it’s another matter as different things come to play. You won’t see it, but your walls and your house are constantly moving hence the cracks. So, when the movement becomes too much for the paper to take it will tear on your wall. Simple.

What’s the solution then?

Take the short wood pulp fibres and combine it with the long and durable textile fibres. Long fibres will ensure that the resulting material is stable, strong and it holds together well. Below you can see ‘naked’ Wallrock i.e. textile fibres – the image has been magnified. You can see long fibres going in all directions, which gives the final product ultimate tensile strength and flexibility. Now, dress it with  wood pulp and you have a wallcovering, which is:

  • very strong – it can take so much more of the wall movement
  • easy to hang (just paste the wall and put it up). It doesn’t shrink or expand when wet, which is the case with lining paper
  • you can paint it or wallpaper over it
  • it’s dry strippable and allows walls to breathe
Wallrock Fibreliner

Fibres in Wallrock Fibreliner

Wallrock Fibreliner texture

Let’s compare the finish / textures of traditional lining paper 1200 and Wallrock Fibreliner – see the image below. The two finishes aren’t exactly the same, but they aren’t far off – these aren’t painted. Are you wondering why the lining paper is off-white? This is the professional range of lining papers which uses virgin wood pulp (from renewable forests though) and isn’t treated in any way. You might notice that lining papers made from recycled materials are whiter. The reason is that bleach is used during the production process to get all the ink etc out of the paper. Not all that nature friendly process then.

Lining paper and Wallrock Fibreliner – compare textures

When and why would you use Wallrock Fibreliner?

Quite a few reasons, but let’s look at the main ones:

  • Walls (and ceilings) that crack often and need to be reinforced. No lining paper will match the strength and durability of Wallrock Fibreliner.
  • If you are a DIYer, you don’t want to be buying paste tables just to do one room. With Wallrock Fibreliner you paste the wall and hang the wallcovering directly onto it. For those who don’t know, when hanging lining paper (or traditional wallpaper) you need to apply the adhesive to the lining paper first, fold it and wait for about 10 minutes before hanging it on the wall. At this point lining paper has expanded (it’s wet and that’s what paper does when wet) and will try to shrink on the wall when it’s drying
  • If you are a professional decorator, you can complete the job much faster.

How many Wallrock Fibreliners are there?

There’s only one Wallrock Fibreliner, but it comes in different roll lengths and widths – it’s part of the Wallrock range of products though and the name Wallrock refers to the production method that they are all based on. You can compare it to lining paper 1200 grade in terms of the thickness.


  1. Michael

    Hi – I am about to cover a bedroom with KV600. I did this in another bedroom last year, which was hard work due to its thickness, but found it works really well thermally. The only issue I had (have) is that despite taking great care, the butt joins along the wall are quite visible. I tried a fine filler recommended by the supplier (Red Devil) I think, but this has a fine crack in the seams again. Other than hanging liner over it, what would you recommend. If using a liner over the top, would I stagger it so that the liner seams aren’t over the thermal liner seams?

    • OnWall

      If the hairline cracks are coming back, I would only recommend using Wallrock Fibreliner Smooth over Wallrock KV600 Thermal Liner and as you mentioned, stagger the drops so that the joints don’t overall. I would still use a filler, but something like a Toupret Fibacryl Flexible Filler.


  2. Herbert

    My plan when renovating a just acquired old house is to use Fibreliner almost everywhere and paint it. (i am from Germany and this approach is very common there).
    Part of the house has vinyl wallpaper which separates when removing. Do I have to remove the remaining layer of this old wallpaper before applying the Fibreliner?
    In other parts there is old lining paper under the wallpaper – do I have to remove this??

    Thanks for your help

  3. Luke Bennett

    Hi – Just after some advice in the fibreliner vs lining paper vein. We’re redecorating a Victorian terraced house (fairly warm all year round due to the lack of external walls). We’ve stripped the walls and ceilings back to the old plaster, filled in cracks and holes, and sanded them down to a fairly smooth finish – obviously with it being old plaster there remains a few lumps here and there.

    What would be better using to line the walls? Ideally I’d like to use one layer of lining/fibreliner paper and then paint over the top to a smooth finish. I’ve been looking at fibreliner smooth but have been told it’s more for using over a thermal liner rather than directly onto plaster. The other option is Erfurt 1400 grade lining paper.



    • OnWall

      Hi Luke,

      It’s not true that Fibreliner Smooth is more for using over thermal liners – although it’s a great way of doing it, too. Based on what you said, Fibreliner Smooth will work well in your case. I’d suggest you did size the walls to ensure the absorption levels are even. Budget allowing, I’d always choose Wallrock Fibreliner over lining paper unless I needed to use the thick grades like 1700 or 2000, but I would really need a reason to use these.


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