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Full disclosure, this is the interior of one of our offices. This unique space in our Richard Meier inspired office building has ceiling heights of 18′ feet. We decided to use our model 160HD-WAVE 143 because wider waves look better on high ceilings. To enhance the 3D effect, we used Modern Masters water-based acrylic paint that has real metallic particles. As you can see, as the 3D wall panel installation progresses, the seams have been filled in preparation for sanding smooth to achieve a “seamless” effect. The artistry of this installation are the side extrusions on which the panels were mitered so you have a perfect wrap-around.
The same quality results you see in our office can be achieved at your home or on set. It takes some work to get the desired effect, even once the panels are delivered, but, first, you need to carefully remove them from the crate. Inspect the crate for damage, especially the bottom since transport via forklift carries some risks. Note any damages on the billing document for the truck driver to sign.
Carefully remove the product; first, remove the box from the panels. Each panel has a directional sheet attached. Blue tape indicates the proper direction, so you can align the panels; align them on each side to get a sense of where the continuous pattern is flowing.
The 3D wall panels also need to be acclimatized, since the material is affected by relative humidity and temperature—once they’re on the walls, wait three days before making them seamless to account for expansion and contraction of the material.
Before installing decorative wall panels, there are a few steps to consider:
For planning the installation, you will need some measuring tape and a leveler. You’ll need a strong adhesive for the back of the panels and a polyurethane adhesive for the edges. A small tray for containing the adhesive is useful, and have a foam roller handy for spreading it out evenly. Use a drywall filler compound to fill in the seams between panels, inserting and smoothing it with a putty knife. For sanding, use a 150 to 220 grit sandpaper. Water-based or metallic paints can be used, preferably applied via spray painting, using an HVLP or conventional cup gun.
For optimal results, install plywood sheets on the walls where the decorative wall panels will go, but not directly underneath the joints or seams. The panels must be level to line up properly. Use a laser level, hand level, and even a chalk line. Filler should extend 1 inch from the edge, and be given two to five hours to dry before sanding. The compound shouldn’t be allowed to build up on screw holes. Feel for surface imperfections after painting, as they may not be easily seen.
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160HD-OCE143 Installation Process