Whether you laminate application tape by hand or with a laminator, avoid trapping air bubbles between the vinyl graphics and the application tape. Bubbles and wrinkles in the application paper often result in bubbles and wrinkles in the applied graphic, regardless of the skill and effort of the installer. If you inspect the adhesive side of a graphic, after removing the release liner, you often can see the formation of wrinkles and bubbles in the adhesive. In the application process, you will just transfer these wrinkles and bubbles to the substrate.
Installation Instructions: Non-Pasted VirtuWall™ WallcoveringVirtuWall™ is a printable latex saturated wallcovering paper that can be used for a wide range of creative and promotional indoor applications. VirtuWall™ is easily installed on walls and other rigid surfaces. Refer to the instructions below when installing VirtuWall™ non-pasted wallcovering to painted drywall. If applying to a different type of surface, contact RTape for instructions.
Before beginning your installation, gather the following tools:
- Measuring tape
- Paint roller
- Utility knife
- Smoothing brush
- Seam roller
- Cellulose sponge
- Lint free towel
- Bucket of warm water
Proper surface preparation is essential for a quality installation.
- Walls must be smooth, clean, dry, and free of mold, mildew, grease, or other stains.
- If you are installing over existing paint or primer, make sure to allow 72 hours for the paint to cure to the wall. While high quality primers will provide a good surface, we recommend the following products:
- Benjamin Moore Fresh Start® Latex Primer
- Sherwin-Williams® Multi-Purpose Latex Primer
- Any mold or mildew on a wall may be an indication of a moisture problem. If mold is present, it must be removed from the wall and any moisture accumulation sources must be corrected before proceeding with installation.
- Fix any wall irregularities with either spackling or drywall compound. Prime and seal the wall before applying VirtuWall™.
- Remove stains and marks such as ballpoint ink, grease, lipstick, crayon, or inks from the wall prior to installation.
There are many types of wallcovering adhesives, each formulated for various performance characteristics. Adhesives vary in level of wet-tack, solids, "open-time," strippability and ease of application. Wallcovering adhesives are generally considered to have more "open-time" and are easier to clean up than clay based adhesives. Clear adhesives are generally considered to have more "open-time" and are easier to clean up than clay based adhesives. Using a strippable adhesive will make removal of the material a simple process. Clear adhesives are designed for both the retail customer and commercial installer. We recommend Zinsser® Plus SureGrip 122 heavy Duty Clear Strippable Wallcovering Adhesive, a product of the Rust-Oleum Corp., for easy and quick clean up.
- Allow for a 1/2" overlap of the material to match up properly with the seams. Compensate for the overlap when setting up the RIP prior to printing.
- Apply adhesive to the back of the sheet using a pasting machine or roller. Cover the back of the sheet completely, especially near the edges. Fold each end forward, pasted sides together, aligning edges carefully so they do not dry out. CAUTION: Do not crease wallcovering. Allow to book for 3 minutes. This will allow the adhesive to penetrate the wallcovering fabric which is important for a successful installation.
- Unfold sheet and place onto a wall from top to bottom. Carefully smooth out bubbles and crease using a broad smoothing brush starting in the middle of the sheet and brushing outward.
- Do not allow adhesive to get on to the printed surface. If adhesive does get on the printed surface, do not allow the adhesive to dry. Clean it off immediately with warm water and a cellulose sponge. Blot the sheet dry with a clean, lint-free cloth.
- Do not install VirtuWall™ unless the installation and storage areas are above 65ºF for at least 48 hours prior to and after installation.
This material is dry strippable if installed using these instructions and recommendations. Start at the top of the image and peel a 6-8" section of the panel completely. Continue drawing the product back on itself at a 180º angle. In instances where the substrate appears to be very tightly bonded to the surface, spray the section with water. After moistening the surface, allow the mural to stand for 60-90 seconds and then return to peeling the mural back upon itself. Use a wet cloth to remove anything remaining on the wall.