How To Hang Murals

Step 1 – Tools required Step 1 A small step ladder, a water tray, an exacto knife, a straight edge, a level, a sponge smoother, a tape measure and a pencil. You probably have most of these tools already. Water trays and sponge smoothers are available in all good hardware stores.

Step 2 – Wall preparation Surface should be clean and smooth. Large cracks should be repaired but nail holes will not show. IDEALLY, a wallcovering primer will ensure proper adhesion and future removal. It is normally transparent and it dries in 30 minutes. You can install the mural directly over latex paint. DO NOT install over fresh latex paint. Wait at least 2-3 weeks for latex paint to cure. You can install a mural over oil based paint. If the oil based paint is high gloss or semi-gloss, just lightly and quickly sand the surface (#80 sand paper) before hanging. It will improve the adhesion.

Step 3 – The Mural Step 3 The mural comes in a robust plastic tube and packaged in the cardboard box. The mural is made of a blend of paper fibers and synthetic fibers. There is NO VINYL (PVC) in our murals. The synthetic fibers make the substrate stronger and makes it 100% dry strippable and reusable. For instance a 10.5 feet mural will come on one roll of 7 panels of 18″ wide printed one after the other on the roll. There is a white gap of 1 to 2 inches between each panel that you separate with a pair of scissors or an exacto knife. The last panel comes first. If you want to install your mural from left to right, you will have to separate all your panels first.

Step 4 – Where do we start?Measure the length of your wall and compare to the length of your mural. Each panel is 18 inches wide. For instance if the mural is 10 inches larger than the wall, you may decide to trim 5 inches from the first panel and 5 inches from the last panel. In this case, draw a light vertical line with a pencil at 13 inches (18-5) from the left of the wall using a level. If the mural is shorter than the wall say by 10 inches, then 5 inches should be left on the left and on the right of the wall. Draw a vertical line at 23 inches (18 5) from the left of the wall. In that case, you may want to frame your mural with a wood molding around the edges for a better finish.

Step 5 – Installing the first panel measure the height of the baseboard. Use half of that height for trimming at the top and the other half for the bottom. You can cut less at the top or at the bottom for a better visual effect, but make sure you leave a minimum of one inch at the top and at the bottom in case your ceiling or floor is not perfectly level. If you are tempted to install the entire first panel right against the left or right wall, you can do it under 2 conditions. 1- Make sure the left or right wall is perfectly level. 2- Take the panel without wetting it and install it temporarily against the wall making sure that your panel covers the corner well and that is is still level. Good installers will always waste one inch by drawing a levelled line at 17 inches from the wall. If you wall is not perfectly straight, the corner cut you will make to remove the excess inch will correct any corner imperfections. Fill the water tray with clean lukewarm water and place it against the wall. Roll the first panel starting at the bottom with the print inside (back of the paper outside). Submerge in water tray for 15 seconds. Then, very slowly, pull the panel out of water, making sure the backing is completely wet and hang the right side against the vertical line you drew earlier (use a step ladder to be able to pull the strip to the top of the wall). Gently smooth outwards from the center of the panels to the sides, removing air bubbles. Avoid overworking the edges and stretching. If new air bubbles develop after smoothing them out, do not worry, they will disappear after a few hours. Trim top and bottom as required with an exacto knife, changing blades frequently to avoid tearing the fabric. Use a straight edge, like a metal cutting guide or a ruler as a guide. At the top, cut with the knife over the guide. At the bottom, cut with the knife under the guide. Use the corner of the wall and the metal cutting blade as a guide to cut the excess on the adjacent wall.

Step 6 – Install the other panels. Repeat this procedure for remaining panels. IMPORTANT: The panels are designed to be overlapped by 1/4 inch (6mm) (the last 1/4 inch or 6mm) on the right of each panel is identical to the first 1/4 inch (6mm) on the left of the next panel. Match the design at eyes level first, then do the top and the bottom. Do not hesitate to remove the panel and reposition it if you have difficulty finding the match. After hanging all panels, use a clean damp cloth and run it firmly over the seams to remove excess paste.Monetize your site by selling text links, to know more Click Here