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How to Fit PVC Wall Panels
WHICH INSTALLATION METHOD?
All of our wall panels have a built in tongue and groove interlocking system that is watertight and creates a flush finish. Our panels can be installed using one of the following methods –
(Please note installation method is personal choice and preference, you should choose the best method that will suit your specific renovation)
Adhesive & Silicone – The majority of wall panels tend to be installed directly onto a plastered wall or ceiling, or directly on top of tiles. To save time and mess the panels can also be installed directly on top of ceramic tiles using silicone. If you are going on top of a porous surface such as plaster we recommend using a solvent free adhesive (Pink Grip).
Adhesive & Pins, Screws Or Staples – You can pin, screw or staple the panels at either side of the boards where the tongue and groove interlocking system is located (pins will be hidden once another panel is slotted into place) this will hold the panels in place whilst the adhesive sets in.
Fine Tooth Saw (14 teeth per inch is ideal) or Jigsaw Stanley Knife Tape Measure Skeleton Gun Adhesive (MUST BE SOLVENT FREE) Silicone Pins, Staples or Screws (if using in installation) Spirit Level Pencil Double Sided Tape
Installing Ceiling Panels
TIP: Before you cut any panels to length, measure the width of the ceiling. If you are installing a panel with a silver feature strip, you may need to cut the first and last panel along its length to achieve a 'balanced' look. This will avoid finishing off with a thin strip when you come to fit the final panel.
Measure the length of your ceiling using the tape measure, and transfer it to the panel, marking a straight line across it with the pencil. Cut to size with the saw or jigsaw. Remove any protective film from the front of the panel. Run a generous amount of adhesive/sealant on the back of the panel, and secure to your ceiling using the screws, staples or pins through the tongue of the panel approximately every 30cm. Repeat the process for each panel, pushing them firmly together using the tongue and groove profile for a neat finish. To trim around the edge of your ceiling, you can use Quadrant, Coving, or End Caps.
TIP: The Coving Trim is easier to fit by removing the lip from the back with a Stanley Knife and discard it. Fix to the ceiling and wall directly using a combination of silicone and double-sided tape (run a bead of silicone along the wall, and position the double-sided tape to the edge of the trim that will stick to the ceiling). The double-sided tape holds the trim in place while the silicone sets.
To trim around a window, use an external rigid angle. Mitre the corners and fix using a combination of double sided tape and silicone Skirting Board can be used for a neat finish at floor level End Caps can be used if you are only partially cladding your walls, for a neat vertical or horizontal finish 'H' Trims can be used if you want to join panels together (to extend length or create effect)
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