Installing Large Interior Wall Graphics

Installing Large Interior Wall Graphics


Installing Large Interior Wall Graphics Today, printed interior wall graphics are
gradually taking over paint and wallpaper due to their ease of application and removal,
customizability and even profitability. Most zero or low VOC paints have many additives
that prevent adhesive from sticking to it. That’s why it’s necessary to conduct tests
to ensure that the surface can be wrapped. Before starting a wall project, make sure
that you watch our WrapItRight video on ‘Testing a Wall for Media Compatibility’. Have your application tools ready: a Felt
Squeegee or a Wrap Mafia Bill Collector, Snap-Off Blades and high tack masking tape. Make sure your work site equipment is also set; a scaffold, ladder or scissor lift, laser level, screwdriver and brushes to dust off crevices. It is vitally important to make sure that
all graphic panels for the job are properly prepared offsite. For details on this preparation see the WrapItRight video on ‘Tiling Large Wall Graphics’. In this example, we are installing on a free
standing wall with no ceilings or adjacent walls. This wall has already been cleaned and cleared
of spider webs, removable obstructions and is ready for application. Carefully measure and mark the position of
the inside edge of the first tile. Using a laser level to ensure plumb apply
masking tape markers on the outside of this line every few feet. This will serve as your guide for installing
the first tile. Align the inner edge of the first time with
these markers. Then, anchor the top with the high tack masking
tape and let the graphic hang loose. Line up the first tile with your guides. Remove the 2 inch strip of release liner and
squeegee from the center out. Next, remove the release liner above this
anchor point and apply. Work from top to bottom, peeling the liner
in 2 feet increments. Squeegee from the center out. [Uplifting Music] For the next tile, apply masking tape on the
top two corners and with it hanging loose, line up the registration marks made of blue
masking tape. For this project, a quarter inch overlap was
used and excess material has been trimmed. Have somebody help you check the alignment
of the remaining blue tape and adjust when necessary. Once the alignment is set, remove the 2 inch
strip of liner and apply to set your permanent anchor. Install the same way as the first tile—apply
the section above the anchor, work towards the bottom, and squeegee from center out,
2 feet at a time. As you work your way from top to bottom keep
checking your overlap in alignment. When you reach an obstruction such an electrical
outlet, continue your standard application until you reach the top edge. Loosely tack the vinyl over the obstructions
and make a relief cut; then carefully apply the vinyl around the outlet. Once the film has been set all around, trim. After completing the wall wrap, outlet plates
can be reinstalled. Repeat until you achieve full covered and
trim the excess material from the bottom and sides.To ensure long term durability, post
heat and apply firm pressure on the edges and overlaps. Having the right tools, media, preparation,
and application technique, ensures an efficient, safe, and profitable install.

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