Please note that our wallpaper panels can be printed on either self-adhesive or non-adhesive wallpaper.
Please read the guidelines below before placing your order.
Self-adhesive is suitable for a smooth, clean wall painted with good quality matte paint. If you are in any doubt, please contact us to order a test sample beforehand.
Our premium non-adhesive wallpaper option has a beautiful suede texture, which can be applied the traditional way with wallpaper paste.
Self Adhesive Wallpaper
As with any application process there are steps to take to ensure the success of the media.
Proper cleaning/preparation of substrate prior to wallpaper application is critical to its success. The following cleaning and surface preparation conditions must be followed prior to application. Failure to adhere to these requirements can cause adhesion loss and therefore reduce the durability and performance level of the printed wallpaper. The following conditions are relevant to properly prepared paint systems processed correctly per paint manufacturer specifications.
The required wall texture for successful graphic application and adhesion is smooth, properly primed, painted, and cured wallboard that has little or no surface variation.
NOTE: This bulletin helps identify and prepare for the most common types of interior wall surfaces. Since wall finishing options and paint formulations are constantly evolving it is not possible to cover all options. It is the responsibility of the end-user/applicator to ensure all painted substrates have been processed and cured per the paint manufacturer's requirements. Failure to follow paint manufacturer requirements can lead to application failures and/or removal problems. These are general recommendation for painted surfaces. It is essential to follow manufacturer’s directions for complete surface preparation and adequate drying/curing time
prior to wallpaper application.
Non-Recommended Paint Surfaces
CAUTION: Avoid the use of the following paint finishes; always test adhesion and paint/ adhesive compatibility prior to production use.
-Avoid paints which are designed for easy cleaning, the waxes in the paints may cause premature failure.
-Avoid heavily textured paints such as ‘stippled’ walls.
-Avoid all latex paints on wooden substrates.
-Avoid oil based primer and enamels, as they are slow to dry and will adversely affect adhesion.
Paint and Painted Surface Precautions
-If applying wallpaper to a newly painted surface, follow all drying and curing instructions provided by the paint manufacturer prior to surface preparation and application.
-All air-drying paints should be allowed to dwell at near room temperature and humidity conditions for at least 3 weeks prior to application. NOTE: It has been documented that some paints can take months to fully cure.
-Chalked and otherwise weathered paint surfaces must be refurbished.
-Primer and paint should be compatible. Check with manufacturer for details.
NOTE: Always test adhesion and paint/adhesive compatibility prior to production use. Adhesion can be tested by applying a small strip of wallpaper in an inconspicuous area and allowed to dwell for 2-3 days. Before applying the test strip the wall should be properly prepared as outlined below. After the 2-3 day dwell period the wallpaper should be moderately difficult to remove without causing damage to the wall surface.
Inspecting, Cleaning, and Preparing the wall.
The wall surface must be completely clean, smooth, and dry before final preparation. Before
wallpaper can be applied it is important to make sure the wall is both in good condition and clean. Any contaminates such as dust, dirt, grease, or defects on the wall such as loose paint can cause adhesion loss and therefore reduce the durability and performance level of the wallpaper.
Inspect/ Repair walls.
It is important to repair any wall damage and return it to like new condition. A wall that is not properly repaired could cause poor adhesion or additional wall damage during removal of the wallpaper.
Examples of an unsound wall surface include loose paint, damaged surface, cracks, or inconsistent surface.
Make sure the wallpaper overlaps approx 15mm to 20mm. Do not butt. Self-adhesive wallpaper may shrink slightly and this method of application prepares for this.
Dulux Rich Matt @ R440 per 5l (march 2012 at builders warehouse) will give you approx 10 square meters per litre and is a good paint to use should you need to paint a virgin wall or repaint a damaged wall.
Enamel paint must be sanded with 80 sandpaper before application of the self adhesive wallpaper and wiped
clean with a damp cloth; however, this does not guarantee adhesion as it’s not recommended to apply self-adhesive wallpaper to an enamel surface.