Installing wall graphics is a great way to transform dull walls into something spectacular. Wall graphics can express your creativity and imagination to the fullest.
Installing window graphics on interior walls usually does not present much of a problem. The walls are relatively smooth and easy to work with. Using graphics is a very eye-catching way to promote a product, service, or event, and your actions will certainly get attention.
When installing exterior wall graphics, the process may not be as easy. Compared to interior walls, exterior walls can present more of a challenge due to the materials involved. Materials include bricks, cinder blocks, and concrete, and the finishes on exterior walls can range from very smooth to an extremely textured finish. Wall graphics may not adhere to these walls at all unless you change up your installation process.
Remember, surfaces can be primed, sealed, painted or have no coating at all. Using all of the equipment you would use when you install interior wall graphics, you are going to add one more piece of equipment: a foam roller.
- When you install wall graphics on an exterior wall, thoroughly clean the surface first.
- You are not going to want any of the panel’s edges to line up with joints and grout lines, so align your graphic accordingly.
- Letting the wall graphic hang loose, peel the backing in 2-foot increments at the top and the bottom of the graphic.
- Then, use the foam roller and a heat gun to seal the top and bottom portions of the graphic quickly.
- Starting at the top, apply the graphic in the same way using the roller and heat gun, until the entire graphic has been installed.
Advantages of Using a Foam Roller to Install Wall Graphics
- Using the right roller makes certain you are able to roll the graphics around doorknobs, or around any contoured surface, as well as into corners where a tight fit is a must. A roller makes for a much more professional look.
- Using a foam roller, you won’t need additional equipment, such as brushes or riveting equipment. A foam roller is soft enough that the tool can conform easily to rough textures. You will want to keep the roller moving at about 2 inches per second.
Wall graphics can transform a space in a way that visitors and passersby will love. Make sure that you get the most from wall graphics by ensuring that the right equipment is being used during installation.