It won't work. I have hung lining paper that way using heavy duty paste with PVA in, but I still had to wet the paper with water to avoid bubbles. I also use a caulker instead of a hanging brush for speed and using a roller to apply the paste.
However, I wouldn't do it with a patterned paper, you cannot paste the wall 'exactly' to the piece you are hanging and I doubt you will be quick enough not to worry about the bit of paste over drying out.
What you can do to save time, is pencil in your vertical chalk lines for the first piece on every wall. If you are confident, you can cut every piece in the room, before you hang one. If not, work to the sequence of cut one, paste one, hang onne. This will give you the 10 or so minutes eachh piece needs to soak before hanging. And always size (apply thiined coat of wallpaper paste) the walls the night before to kill suction and aid slip. Never size with PVA, though you can add some to your paste, which is also better made the night before.
Qualified House Painter & Decorator - 30 yrs
· 10 years ago