Attempt to give World Record a Pasting
The Dulux Academy, the world’s first academy for painters and decorators which launched earlier this year, 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 min 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 exacting 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 smashed the record at 1 minute 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 tour the building and learn more about the 59 courses available, that offer career development by learning and upskilling their practical and business knowledge. The Academy also offers wallpaper specific courses such as a 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.