To the novice DIY-er, decorating terminology is often baffling. Paint comes with a range of different names, relating to different finishes and usage, there are tools specific to decorating with their own names and lining paper comes in a variety of grades. So how are you supposed to know what you need to buy to achieve your desired decorating goal? In this article we take a look at the world of lining paper and the different grades it comes in from 600 grade lining paper through to 2000 lining paper. What is Lining Paper? Before we start to look at different grades of lining paper and what they mean, it’s first important to understand what lining paper is. Basically lining paper is a wall covering that is similar to wallpaper but has been designed to be used underneath paint or wallpaper for a smoother finish. Depending on the grade of lining paper, it can be used on smooth walls (600 grade) or to disguise more severe problems on walls (2000 grade lining paper). 600-1000 Grade Lining Paper 600, 800 and 1000 grade lining papers are the thinnest types of lining paper that are available. They are designed to be used on walls that in relatively good condition with the aim to improve the overall condition of the wall prior to hanging new wallpaper or applying paint. They can be used to cover fine cracks and very minor imperfections prior to covering with new wallpaper. 1200-1400 Grade Lining Paper 1200 and 1400 grade lining papers are slightly thicker and have been used to cover slightly more pronounced imperfections on walls. These might include pits, small dents, bubbles or marks on the walls that without lining paper would sow through to your finished look, completely ruining it. These grades of lining paper are not only thicker than 600-1000 grade papers but are also stronger too, making them more durable and hard wearing. 1700-2000 Grade Lining Paper Amongst the thickest lining papers are 1700 – 2000 grade lining paper. These are specialist lining papers that have been designed to cover more serious plaster imperfections such as dents, scratches and staining. Heavy duty lining paper 2000 grade is ideal for covering more intensive stains such as nicotine and smoke staining as well as graffiti and is often the lining paper of choice for many professionals working on period properties to help even out the walls for a smoother finish. So now you know all about the different grades of lining paper and what imperfections they cover, you can choose the correct grade for the condition of your walls. Remember that lining paper can also be used on ceilings too.