How to Maintain Your Pasting Machine

Black and white photo of the Paste Mate in the Advance Equipment warehouse in Chicago. An operator is shown pulling wallpaper through the pasting machine.

Advance Equipment manufacturers one of the best pasting machines on the market which are known to last more than fifteen years among avid wallcovering installers. This feat could not be achievable without a few routines to prolong the life of this wallpaper powerhouse. In this article, we explore how to maintain your pasting machine to keep it running at peak performance for many years to come.


Using pH adhesives in the range of 5.0 to 8.5 is ideal for the Paste Mate Pasting Machine.

#1 – Adhesives

We recommend using a wallpaper paste with a pH range of 5.0 to 8.5 to prevent corrosion of the stainless steel tank over time. Paste with a consistency of pancake batter yields the best results. If using clay-based adhesives, remember to agitate the paste in the reservoir tank when left at rest for some time.

The rollers are the most essential part of the pasting machine and require gentle cleaning and handling to prevent scratches.

#2 – Rollers

Made from anodized aluminum, the paste and pickup rollers are extra durable. To ensure long life, we recommend cleaning your rollers after each use. They should be laid down gently on a drop cloth when removed from the reservoir tank. Do not lean them against a wall or table as they could get damaged if dropped.

After each use it is important to gently rinse the pasting machine of excess paste and gently dry with a terry cloth towel.

#3 – Cleaning

After each use, removed plug located at the bottom of the reservoir tank to drain excess paste into a bucket. Remove the rollers next, rinsing both with warm water before setting them down gently on a drop cloth to dry. Give everything a good rinse, using a soft bristle brush to remove any residue. Follow up with a thorough wipedown of all parts using a soft terry cloth.

Resanding and resealing basswood boards once a year is a great way to protect your pasting machine.

#4 – Basswood & Casters

To keep your pasting machine running at peak performance, we recommend re-sanding and resealing your basswood boards once a year, as well as cleaning and greasing your locking casters every six months. Conducting an annual parts inspection is a great way to prolong the life of your pasting machine.

Purchasing a storage case to store and transport your pasting machine will further protect your investment.

#5 – Storage

When not in use, we recommend investing in a storage case that keeps the pasting machine, rolling stand, and booking table safely stowed between jobs.

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Advance 62 in. Paste Mate Storage Case

The Advance 62 in. Paste Mate Storage Case is a must-have to keep your pasting machine safe between jobs. This fiberboard core case with ¼ in. top-coated Melamine panel is durable and travel-friendly. Can fit Pasting Machine, Rolling Stand, and Booking Table. Design Features: Made from Fiberboard Core and ¼ in. Melamine Panel Fits 62 in. Pasting Machine, Rolling Stand, and Booking Table Two…

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In Conclusion

By incorporating these five simple practices into your tool maintenance routine, you can prolong the life of your investment for many years to come. Advance Equipment prides itself for manufacturing one of the most durable, hearty, and hard-working pasting machines on the market.

Want to learn more? Have a peak at this instructive manual by Advance Equipment which goes into further detail on the different components and features of the Heavy Duty Paste Mate. You can also see how to operate the Paste Mate with the helpful video on Youtube.