Dulux Academy attempts to give the world record a pasting

Published:  14 October, 2016

The Dulux Academy witnessed wallpaper wonders as eight teams battled it out in front of four adjudicators and two judges to try and beat the Guinness World Record attempt for hanging three sheets of wallpaper perfectly and in the fastest time.

The record is currently held by Phil Burgess and Simon Whitaker at just 1 minute and 16.435 seconds. This was organised in conjunction with wallpaper experts Graham & Brown as part of activities to celebrate International Wallpaper Week.

In pairs of two, the decorators hung three pieces of wallpaper on an 8ft high 5’5ft wide wall and each team had three attempts to break the record. The final result had to meet the standards of the judges, Louise Stevenson from Graham & Brown and Mark Rigby, with clean lines, straight edges and no air bubbles under the surface. Dulux Select Decorators Simon Medlin and John Green beat the record at 1 minute and 14.93 seconds but due to a couple of visible air bubbles, the judges deemed it to be an invalid attempt.

The event was held as part of the Academy’s open day which provided decorators with the opportunity to tour the building, and learn more about the 59 courses available that offer career development by learning and improving their practical and business knowledge. The Academy also offers wallpaper specific courses such as one-day courses on wallpapering techniques and creating a feature wall, as well as a two-day course on advanced wallpapering.

Throughout the day, 15 rolls of wallpaper were used and a total of 21 minutes and 63 seconds were spent hanging wallpaper in record attempts.

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