Installing a wall mural is an easy job that you can do yourself without necessarily hiring a professional to do it. Wall murals are of different types and patterns to suit different tastes and preferences. The most recent ones are those digitally printed paper or fabric sheets that are easy to peel and stick and can also be coated with varnish to prevent wearing and tearing. This modern method of applying them makes it possible to change them at any time, if desired. Installation could prove difficult if you plan on doing it alone, get a partner to make it easier.
The following are tips on how to install peel and stick wall murals at home or even in your business.
Prep your wall
After picking your tools, i.e. tape measure, sharp knife, ladder, ruler and spirit level, ensure that the mural is free from defects. Remove old wall fixtures, switches and wallpapers from the intended area then wipe off any dust or any residue on the wall ensuring it is entirely dry for best results. Plastered walls should be clean and smooth, finished with a good seal. Suppose your wall has bumps, smoothen them and fill in cracks and holes with primer. For a newly painted, wait until the paint is totally dry (approx. 4 weeks) to prevent bubbling which flushes out the wall murals.
Lay out the murals and create a guideline
Wall murals often come in panels, lay them out to get a clear outline of how to install them. Work from the left towards the right; draw a vertical guidelines using a pencil and spirit level on where to stick the murals. If you don’t intend to fix the mural on the entire wall, measure and mark where you want to fix it.
Peel and stick
Peel the adhesive at the back carefully from top to bottom of the first mural panel then stick it on the wall guided by the markings you’ve already made. Press the mural against the wall slowly until it sticks perfectly. When installing wall murals, creases or bubbles may occur and this you can rectify by rubbing its edges, if they don’t move, peel off the mural and re-do it. For multiple panels, follow the same step and ensure you align them neatly (they are numbered at the back), there is an allowance for overlapping. Match the patterns to ensure consistency.
Trim-off overlapping seams and elimination of excess material
Trimming off the seams is usually optional. Here you trim the excess wall mural material usually overlapping between the panels. Place the spirit level at the point of intersection then using your sharp knife to cut through the excess material and peel of the outer layer. Do the same for the overlap at the back while removing excess material on your wall. Smoothen the edges to ensure they join completely. Finally, cut off the excess murals around the ceiling and floor, aligning with a steel ruler or a straight hedge to get a straight cut, and there you have our wall mural!