Best practices for installing uniQstiQ Peel-and-Stick wallpaper
Everyone knows that peel and stick wallpaper is a million times easier to install than traditional and pre-pasted wallpaper because there is no adhesive/water to worry about applying. You don’t need gallons of clean water, containers, and a thousand of other things to apply peel-and-stick wallpaper.
Everything is already done for you in a convenient package without the need to go out and hire a professional. When you’d like to change the design, it is easy to remove without damaging your wall by lifting a corner and pulling. There is no steamer rental necessary, no glue scrapers needed, and no fuss in removal. This makes applying an accent wall as easy as pie for tenants that only would like wallpaper for a temporary amount of time.
The easy removability of uniQstiQ wallpaper does not detract from the long term adhesion; these wallpapers are designed to work for years and years without fading or peeling.
There are some best practices we’d like to share with you for installing uniQstiQ peel-and-stick wallpaper from start to finish.
- Make sure your work space is clean. You’ll want to lay out all the panels on the floor and everything is much better if this area is free of animal hair, concrete dust, and other debris that can get on your hands when installing the wallpaper. This will prevent any debris from getting underneath the wallpaper when installing. After laying out the panels, give them a few hours unrolled to make sure they are flat. You’ll also want to make sure the room is room temperature (~72F) as the product is difficult to apply when cold.
- Make sure your installation wall is clean of fresh paint and not highly textured. The only two reasons why any wallpaper product will fail is that it is applied to either a freshly painted wall or a textured wall.
- Textured walls do not allow for the product to adhere properly to the wall and affect repositionability. This is because the wallpaper takes on the underlying texture of the wall. For final application on a slightly textured wall, we recommend slightly warming the wallpaper with a hair dryer and re-smoothing all parts into the wall. This softens the vinyl film and allows it to adhere to a greater portion of the wall. The best textures (aside from a flat wall) that the wallpaper will work on are flat types of texture. Small, sharp points will interfere with adhesion and can warp the wallpaper. If your wall is highly textured, it is best to sand or mud your wall flat and paint the wall to seal it prior to applying wallpaper. Unsealed surfaces are not suitable for wallpaper as they are too porous for proper adhesion.
- Freshly painted walls must be fully cured prior to application. As paint cures, the solvents used to keep the latex/pigment mixture liquid slowly evaporate. These solvents dissolve the adhesive used in peel and stick wallpaper. If wallpaper is applied to an uncured wall surface, it will result in failure within 48 hours of application, generally in a dramatic, all-at-once fashion. We recommend waiting a minimum of 8 weeks after painting the wall to apply wallpaper to be safe.
- Recommended Tools
- Powder-free gloves – if the wallpaper is dark, then fingerprints can be visible in some lighting.
- A wallpaper smoother with felt – this is used to rub out any air bubbles. In lieu of a wallpaper smoother, we use a small towel for our installs. For corners where a straight edge is needed such as around an outlet, we use a credit card in the small towel.
- A sharp cutting tool – this can be a fresh x-acto knife, box cutter blade. The sharper the object, the cleaner the cuts will be post installation. We use a double sided shaving razor cut in half. These are extremely sharp, use care to avoid injury.