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Peel & Stick (Self Adhesive)

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

SELF ADHESIVE WALL COVERINGS

All self-adhesive wall-covering orders are supplied with a test piece. If you are unsure your wall has been prepared correctly and worried about adhesion, please apply the test piece first.

Leave the test piece for a minimum 24hrs, if happy with the result, remove, clean and begin the real thing.

Tip If you find that your wall requires a primer we recommend www.viponds.com.au – self-adhesive prep coat

BEFORE YOU GET STARTED

  • Prepare the surface so that it is free of imperfections
  • Use a warm, damp cloth or sponge to clean the surface and allow it to completely dry
  • We suggest a minimum of 2 people to complete the installation
  • We would love you to share a ‘before and after’ shot with us, so don’t forget that snapshot

TOOLS YOU REQUIRE

  • Smoothing tool (provided in kit)
  • Cutter Knife (for trimming)
  • Spirit level
  • Straight edge or metal ruler (optional)
  • Tape Measure
  • Ladder (appropriate to the height of the wall)
  • Masking Tape or Pencil
  • Dry/clean cloth or sponge
STEP ONE WALL PREPARATION

This is the most important step in the process, it will impact on the end result and the longevity of your project, taking the time now will guarantee the best result.

The surface should also be free of imperfections such as cracks, holes, surface damage, chipped/flaking paint and moisture.

Ensure the wall surface is smooth, flat, dry and clean (free of contaminants such as dirt, grease, dust, cleaning product residue, etc.)

Please allow a minimum 30 days after completion of any painting, primer or repairs before applying your wall-covering.

Where possible remove picture hooks or light/power switch casings prior to installation.

IMPORTANT – Self adhesive wall coverings and posters will not stick to Teflon based paints

STEP TWO PRODUCT PREPARATION

Your ‘Create a wall’ package will consist of your wall-covering, installation instructions and smoothing tool.

Place the sheets in number order, you will always install from left to right.

The overall wall-covering has an extra 50mm (of bleed) printed on the top, bottom and sides

This is done to prevent issues when putting a wall-covering on a wall that may not be completely straight and at a true right angle with the floor or ceiling.

Please Note: If there are any bubbles/creases on the sheets when unpacking your order do not worry this is normal. They will disappear once you remove the backing sheet and begin installation.

STEP THREE INSTALLATION ‘FIRST THINGS FIRST’

You should always work from left to right, starting with sheet ‘Number One’ in the top-left corner. Using a level mark a straight (vertical) line with your masking tape or pencil for the right-hand side of the first sheet to follow. This line will assist you to stick the sheet square and in a straight line from top to bottom, it should be approximately the width of the first sheet away from the start of the wall.

Peel the backing sheet down 150mm (Do not peel off the entire backing sheet)

Firmly fold the backing sheet down, this will allow the sheet to sit flat on the wall.

Tip – Alternatively you can use your cutter knife to trim the 150mm of backing sheet off, instead of folding.

STEP FOUR INSTALLATION ‘STICK IT’

Align the right-hand side of the first sheet with the a straight (vertical) line you have marked using the masking tape or pencil. Once the sheet is in position lightly tack the top section of the sheet into position allowing the rest of the sheet to drop down the wall. If you discover the sheet is not square don’t panic, simply peel, reposition and stick. Once happy with the position lightly smooth down with your hands then use the smoothing tool (felt side only) to flatten the top section down firmly, smoothing from the middle outward.

Please note: If you have an image with text you want to make sure it will remain in the correct section of the wall, the way you designed it on HP Wall Art.
Keep this in mind when hanging your first sheet, make sure the left-hand side overhang is no more than 50mm.

STEP FIVE INSTALLATION ‘SMOOTH IT OVER’

As one person slowly peels down the backing sheet 150mm at a time, the other should use their hands to lightly smooth the wall-covering to the wall from the middle outwards. Then use the felt side of the smoothing tool to complete the smoothing process.

If there are any bubbles, crease or wrinkles use your hand or smoothing tool (felt side ONLY) to smooth them out or if this is not working simply peel back and re-apply.

Please Note: when smoothing press firmly but do not apply excessive pressure, as you do not want to damaged the product.

STEP SIX INSTALLATION ‘NEXT PLEASE’

In order to hang the remaining sheets overlap the left hand side of the new sheet with the previous by 10mm and line up the image. One person lines up the image at the top of the sheet while the other does the bottom.

Tip – all consecutive sheets must be aligned with the previous sheet prior to sticking.

When you are happy that the image is aligned stick the top section into position allowing the rest of the sheet to drop down the wall.

** REPEAT STEP 5 **

STEP SEVEN TRIM AND TERRIFIC (TOP & BOTTOM)

Once all of the sheets have been installed and you are happy with your wall it is time to trim the excess. Trimming can be done freehand with your cutter knife or you can use a straight edge or metal ruler to assist in cutting in a straight line, if you would prefer. Using your cutter knife trim off the excess along the top and bottom of the wall, always use a new blade in your knife to ensure it is sharp.

TRIMMING AROUND SWITCHES AND OBJECTS

Smooth the wall-covering firmly in a downward motion and crease it along the top of the switch or object. Using your cutter knife, cut a cross in the wall-covering inline with the centre of the switch or object. Carefully make this cross bigger using the cutter knife so that it reaches each corner of the switch or object. Firmly smooth the wall-covering up against each side of the switch or object. You can now trim around the switch or object and replace any casings.

Please Note: this trimming technique can be used for all kinds of switches, objects, windows and doors.

Please Note: this trimming technique can be used for all kinds of switches, objects, windows and doors.

EXTRA INFORMATION

Once completed bubbles may re-appear over the next couple of days, if this is the case simply press and lightly rub to remove.
If this doesn’t work try using a sewing pin to pop the bubble and smooth it out with your fingers in a circular motion.
This usually occurs if oil, dust or dirt has been trapped under the wall-covering during installation.

In extremely rare cases bubbles may continue to reappear and sheets may come away from the wall. This is because there is something preventing the product from fully adhering, due to incorrect wall preparation.
Such causes can be but are not limited to:

  • Not allowing a minimum 30 days after the completion of any painting, primer or repairs
  • The surface was not smooth, flat, dry and clean (free of contaminants such as dirt, grease, dust, cleaning product residue, etc.).
  • There is a build-up of paint or plasterwork in the corners or the sides of the wall

Please Note: incorrect wall preparation is not a product or printing process fault and as such is not covered for warranty. For a full list of our terms and conditions please refer to this section of the website.

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