WALLCOVERINGS : General Preparation & Installation Guide
IMPORTANT This is a guide only, and each product will require specific hanging methods. Always refer to individual hanging instructions.
Specific hanging instructions / data sheets
Adhesives & primers: safety data sheets
Remove all old backing paper from wall surface. Ensure hanging surface is smooth, clean, dry in depth, of a uniform colour and in a sound condition.
Surface should be free from contaminants such as dirt, dust, grease, mildew, ink stains etc - any of these can prevent adhesion taking place. Wash with detergent solution, rinse and allow to dry.
Fill cracks and holes with a proprietary filler in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Treat any areas showing mould growth.
Ensure floors are swept clean to avoid dirt gathering at skirting level.
Ensure that you are installing under adequate lighting conditions.
Site temperature should not be below 12°C (55°F). Avoid excessive heat until adhesive is fully dried.
Plasterboard: File all nail heads, screws, etc. Coat with light coloured oil-based metal primer. All holes should be filled and smoothed. Prime surface with Tekfix Primer and allow to dry before hanging, or for fabric-backed vinyls only, utilise Tekfix Strippable adhesive directly onto the unprimed plasterboard.
Porous surface (plaster, cement render, etc): Ensure old plaster is stable and free of mould. Ensure new plaster dry in depth. Seal with Tekfix Primer.
Non-porous surface (glass, gloss paint, etc): Abrade surface to provide a key. Wash and dry thoroughly. Use Tekfix VOV adhesive.
Emulsion paint: Abrade surface to provide a good key. Wash and dry thoroughly. Apply one coat of Tekfix Primer.
Existing vinyl: Ensure substrate is completely sealed (ie no blown joints, shrinkage etc). Remove all grease, dirt, dust etc - a brush will help in loosening dirt from the crevices of the emboss. Rinse and allow to dry. Hang wallcoverings using Tekfix VOV adhesive.
Arrange product in roll sequence, starting with the highest number. Cut and hang in sequence, numbering the top of each length to ensure the wallcovering is reversed or not as appropriate.
Use full widths only. Do not in-fill over doors and windows out of sequence.
Hang 3 lengths, leave for an hour then inspect. A second opinion may prove useful. Phone Tektura on 020 7536 3300 if in any doubt or appearance unacceptable. Tektura cannot accept any claims for more than 3 lengths once material has been cut.
Continue to check each drop for shading as you proceed.
With overlap and trim material, overlap by approx. 5cm and trim down the middle. Always use a sharp blade to double-cut or trim material.
Use wallcovering spatula or felt roller (where applicable) in up and down direction only, as horizontal smoothing may stretch the wallcovering.
Avoid getting adhesive on the surface of any wallcovering as complete removal may not be possible.