Installing is simple and easy. The material is removable, re-positional and DIY friendly. Just take your time, follow these basic steps and enjoy fitting your new wall mural!
What you’ll need…
Before you start
If your wall is freshly painted, please wait around 4 weeks before applying your wall mural. Most importantly though, please ensure your wall paint does not contain Polymers such as Teflon or a silicon. An easy way to find out if your wall does contain these elements is to lightly spray the wall with water. If it beads, not runs, the paint contains silicon or Teflon. This can cause adhesion failure and additional preparation, such as a barrier coat i.e. a gloss water based varnish, needs to be applied before wall mural application. Teflon or silicon based paints are designed to stop foreign materials sticking to it, so although the wall fabric we use is a very high quality product, it has not been designed to stick to these surfaces without a barrier coat applied first. We recommend using an Isopropyl Alcohol (available from Bunnings) or for best results, Viponds Isopropanol Prep Vinyl (available from PrintNCut Solutions) before installation. It is not recommended to apply murals during excessively hot or humid times. As our wall murals are sold as a DIY product, Designmywalls holds no responsibility for the application of the item or how it performs once hung. Please trial with a test sample first. Need some extra stick? Try a Spray Adhesive (i.e Shelleys Kwik Grip Spray Contact Adhesive, available at Bunnings) to the top 10cm or the required areas to gain extra adhesion & tack. Best for harsher environments.
Step by step…
Prepare your wall
Proper preparation is important to ensure proper adhesion of your Designmywalls wall mural. Start by removing any fittings and fill any holes to create a smooth, flat surface. Next, clean the wall to remove any dirt, dust and grease, making sure that the wall is completely dry before starting.
Unpack your wall mural from the mailing tube and lay them out in order facing up. All panels are numbered on the back. Don’t worry if you notice any creases or bubbles. This is natural and should disappear once applied to the wall.
Start at the top
The easiest place to start is the top left. Peel approx 10cm of the backing paper off and carefully align with the corner of your wall. Ensure that it is perfectly straight before proceeding, as this panel sets the basis for the rest of the wall.
With your helper holding the bottom of the panel, gradually peel off the backing paper 10cms at a time and start applying from the top corner. Try to be gentle as harsh application may scratch the print.
Work your way down
Using your hands or soft squeegee work your way down and outwards, carefully removing any bubbles or creases as you go. If you find a crease too big to get out, just pull the panel up a little, re-position and continue trying not to stretch the fabric.
Apply next panel
Once your first panel has been applied, it’s time for the next one. Remembering that all panels have be printed with a 10mm overlap! Once again align at the top, and have your helper align at the bottom.
Trimming around power points & switches
Ensure the covers have been removed. Smooth panel up to and over the switch. Make a small crisscross with knife in the centre of switch, then carefully extend the cuts to the corners of the switch and finally trim around switch.
Final Trim and admire
After all the panels have been applied, the final step is to remove any excess. There should always be a little trimming to be had, as we add in 20mm on the far side panel and 20mm on the bottom edge. Simply and carefully trim that away with a sharp blade.