Digitally printable vinyl has transformed the interior decoration trends. They are easy to install and remove. The ease of application has enabled users to turn their otherwise mundane and plain walls into memorable displays. The designs can be changed after a few years and you will get an instant fresh look.
Wall vinyl is equally popular for decorating the house and office walls. They come in a wide variety of designs, textures, and colors to dress up walls. The printed vinyl sheet adheres to the fabric that significantly improves its durability and finishes.
Successful DIY wall vinyl installation is possible when you follow these 4 advanced tips from the experts. The installation takes only a day or two provided that you are using the right kind of tools.
1. Surface Preparation Is The Key
If the surface is not well prepared, the wall vinyl coverings will not adhere properly. Most of the wall vinyl failures are not due to the vinyl quality but of unprepared walls. If the wall was previously covered with coverings, remove it completely for an even surface.
Remove the dirt and debris from the wall. Peeling or chipped paint, dented wall surfaces and holes do not allow proper adhesion of the wall coverings.
2. Let The Wall Paint Dry
The most common reason for wall vinyl installation failure is the fresh paint. Most of the people consider it safe to install vinyl when the paint is dry to touch.
It is important to remember that most of the modern paints have volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that evaporate over time. When the vinyl is applied over uncured paint, the vapors will get entrapped beneath the wall coverings. This greatly affects the adhesion of the vinyl to the wall. It can fall off the wall if the paint was too new.
At times the adhesives of uncured paint stick to the vinyl coverings. The otherwise easy installation gets too difficult. The main issue arises when the wall covering is removed after a few years. It would not be easily removed leaving behind ugly residues.
3. Test The Paint Compatibility
There is no single formula to test the compatibility of the wall paint and vinyl coverings. At times high-quality wall paint does not allow proper adhesion.
Too-good paint qualities are designed to be stain-resistant. The additives in the paint that make it stain resistant can also resist the vinyl adhesion. It is suggested to conduct a site survey test to check the compatibility.
4. Use The Right Equipment
You will need the right kind of equipment to install a wall covering. Get yourself some cutting blades, heat guns, rollers, extension cords, ladders, and IR thermometer.
Place panels of vinyl paper against the wall along the edges and carefully apply it. You can use rollers or squeegees to remove any trapped air bubbles.
During the winters, a heat gun is used to melt the adhesive otherwise it is too brittle to allow wall adhesion. Pay attention to details for super-smooth results.
Tom Dexter works in the commercial construction industry in Virginia. He received his Bachelor’s degree in interior design and management in 2008. He is a US Green Building Council accredited designer.