Murals Installation Guide
Rockmywall wallpaper murals come in large 1.2m width rolls to ensure easy installation. Rolls are easy to apply as they use the paste to the wall – not to the paper- method and are re-positionable during the process. Please follow the step by step guide below (which is also included in all mural orders with an "easy to follow" VISUAL GUIDE). If unsure about the application, a good decorator will be able to do it for you or you can call us to arrange installation (UK only) on 01628 823646.
However, we do believe that even if you do not have experience, our murals can be applied to the wall fairly easily. Remember that it is essential that:
- You do not to rush
- You are prepared and have all the things you need at hand (see list at the end of this page) as well as the recommended wallpaper paste (suppliers details will be included with your order)
Here is a quick and simple guide to get it right first time:
- Prepare your wall - the wall should be free of loose paper or paint. It should be clean, dry and flat. We strongly advise not to apply our murals on damp walls as it will compromise adhesion. If you have a single panel/ roll mural, go straight to Step 4.
- Step 1: Lay out and match the panels - Unroll your panels carefully. On the white selvedge/ borders of the print, you will find crop marks.These crop marks should be lined up, with the leader lines matching over one another, in order that you can gauge the full width of the print. The benefits of laying out the print in this way, is that it will help you visualise how the image will look once installed. For added security whilst laying out the print, you can use masking tape or staples on the white border to hold the image in place.
- Step 2: Mark your wall - Measure the full width of the print, marking the middle on the white border (We will call this measurement A). Measure back from the centre mark, to the edge of panel 1. We will call this Measurement C). This is an important measurement which ensures you have verticaly centred the image. Measure from top to bottom of the panel, again marking the centre point on the white border, for future reference we will call this measurement B). This is another important measurement needed to mark the wall to ensure the print is horizontally centred. You now will have a good idea how the image will look once installed, you can now start to trim off the entire white border.
- Step 3: Measure and mark your wall – Measure the full width of the wall, clearly marking the centre point for reference. From this centre mark, measure back the distance previously recorded (Measurement C), this was the measurement back from the centre mark of the laid out mural to the leading edge of panel 1. Transfer measurements A, B & C to give you your plumb line and horizontal centre marks. Then mark out the wall, showing the plumb lines and horizontal centre mark.
- Step 4: Plotting out the wall and trimming the borders – Once you have plotted out the wall, it should show your vertical plumb lines and the horizontal centre mark. The tram lines are where the overlap and trim joints of the image fall, so you can keep these areas dry from adhesive paste until you’re ready to cut your joint. When trimming off the white borders, you can if required, leave the bleed marks on. These can sometimes help you achieve a match when the designs on the image have few match points, for example a blue sky.
- Step 5: Hanging the image – Apply the full strength appropriate paste to the surface to be decorated using a synthetic medium-pile paint roller. Only paste up for one drop at a time and avoid getting adhesive in the tram line areas, until you’re ready to cut a joint. Use a soft spatula to apply the image to the prepared surface, using a smooth up-and-down motion. Take care not to get the adhesive on the face of the image. Let the image settle for about 15 minutes before trimming the top and bottom. You can if required seam roll the joins using a small soft rubber roller along the join. But go easy with the roller, as overworking the join could cause the edges to become flattened or polished.
- Step 6: Overlap and trim: Overlap sufficiently to match up the design and then trim down the middle of the overlap. If you don’t want to join it up straight away, turn back the edges by about 5cm (2”) until you are ready to make the join with the next drop of the image. Once you are ready to cut your overlap and trim joint, it is better to use a plastic protective strip in conjunction with a new sharp blade for each joint you cut. Place the plastic protective strip behind the overlap joint, this will protect the wall when cutting your joints. The easiest way to do this is to carefully trim with a sharp wallpaper trimmer or a craft knife. Repeat this process according to the number of panels your mural has until the whole image is done so that you can enjoy the view!
- List of all the things you will need for the mural installation:
- 1- Dust sheets & steps
- 2- Roller with synthetic medium pile (ideal for even application of the adhesive paste)
- 3- Good quality brush for cutting in adhesive at top and bottom of drops
- 4- Large paste bucket
- 5- Plumbing and levelling devices to ensure image is aligned accurately
- 6- Measuring tape (for accurate plotting out of the image), pencil (for marking out and numbering the drops)
- 7- Good quality decorator scissors for cutting drops and trimming
- 8- Good quality snap blade knife for cutting joints and trimming image
- 9- Hard plastic spatulas
- 10- Good quality seam roller
Please bear in mind that it is your responsibility to layout your mural to ensure that all panels are the same size and that they match together perfectly. Refunds or exchanges will not be made once you have hung any part of your mural.
Stripping and removal of the muralOur murals can be removed dry without causing damage to the wall surface (assuming that the wall surface is stable or has been made stable prior to application). You may find, however, that the non-woven backing splits as you take down the image, and part of the backer get left behind on the surface … not a problem … this can easily be removed by soaking with warm water mixed with a mild household detergent and gently working the old backer off the surface with a wall covering stripping knife.
Adhesive paste contaminationIdeally do not get any adhesive paste on the face of the wall covering, as complete removal may be impossible. However, should this happen, do not attempt to rub or wipe off the adhesive paste . Use a clean damp sponge with a “blotting action” only, repeat this process frequently rinsing out the sponge, until you have removed the adhesive.