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Installation

Preparing your wall before Installing your mural

Wall already painted for at least 30 days

The surface must be clean and smooth. If you feel rough when you rub your hand on the wall, use a sheet of sandpaper to smooth it slightly (medium-end or fine (120 to 150)). Never install a wallpaper mural on a latex primer.

New wall

Option 1: Apply a coat of latex primer followed by a layer of semi-gloss latex. It will be necessary to wait a minimum of 21 days for drying.

Option 2: Apply a coat of latex primer followed by a coat of oil primer (avoid odorless primers). Allow 3 days of drying.

Option 3 : If you are in a hurry, apply a coat of Zinsser BIN Lacquer Sealer and allow one hour of drying time.

• Our wall murals can easily be installed on glass or on a mirror. Thoroughly clean the glass or mirror before installing your wall mural. They also can be installed on melamine, pre-finished or ceramic if you apply 2 coats of oil primer or a coat of Zinsser BIN Sealant.

• Installing your wall mural on a dark wall can affect the final result. Your mural will look darker, especially if it’s a pale one. It may be more prudent to apply a coat of Zinsser BIN sealer.

• Zinsser’s BIN sealant is available in all good hardware stores. Here are some links to get it.

Installation Guide

Installation step by step

Required tools: Level, sponge smoother (not plastic), water tray, exacto knife, metal spatula, pencil, straightedge or metal ruler, scissors, clean cloth, old towel 

are numbered. You can hang the mural from left to right or right to left (to hide the seams). For instance, as you walk in a room, if you install the mural on the left wall, you should hang it from right to left. For the right wall, you should hang from left to right. If there is a window that will be close to the mural on the adjacent wall, start at the side farthest from the window. Seams will be less visible that way. * IMPORTANT: The panels are designed to be overlapped by 6mm.

of the wall and compare it to the length of your mural. For instance, if the mural is 10cm larger than the wall, you may decide to trim 5cm from the first panel and 5cm from the last panel. In this case, draw a vertical line with a pencil at 40cm from the beginning of the wall using a level (each panel is 45cm, so 45cm-5cm). If the mural is shorter than the wall, say by 10cm, then 5cm should be left at the beginning and at the end of the wall. Then draw a vertical line at 50cm (45cm for the panel + 5cm) from the beginning on the wall. You will use this line to locate the side of the first panel that you hang. * Tip: You can install vertical moldings on each side to frame the mural.

of the wall and compare it with the height of your mural. For instance, if you have an excess of 10cm, leave 5cm at the top and 5cm at the bottom for trimming. If the excess is larger, you can wish to cut more at the top or at the bottom but make sure you leave a minimum of 2,5 cm in case the floor or ceiling are not perfectly level. If the height of the mural is less than the height to cover, cut the white part at each end before hanging the panel.

filled with lukewarm water against the wall. Roll the first panel starting at the bottom with the print inside. Submerge in water tray for 15 seconds. Then, very slowly, pull the panel out of water, making sure the prepasted side is completely wet. Hang it against the line you drew earlier. Use your hands to position your mural starting from the center. Run your hand over the seams without pressure in a vertical back-and-forth motion. For the first 2 minutes, you can move the whole strip with your hands flat on the strip. Do not hesitate to remove the panel and reposition it if you have difficulty aligning it.

outwards from the center of the panels to the sides, removing air bubbles (with the sponge smoother). Avoid smoothing with too much pressure that could move the glue on the back. If small air bubbles develop after smoothing them out, do not worry, they will disappear after a few hours. Trim top and bottom as required with an exacto knife, changing blades frequently to avoid tearing the paper. Use a metal spatula as a cutting guide. At the top, cut with the exacto knife over the guide. At the bottom, cut with the exacto knife under the guide. For the vertical trimming, use the corner of the wall and the metal spatula as a guide to cut the excess on the adjacent wall.

for remaining panels. After hanging each strip, make sure your panel is level. Remember that the panels are designed to be overlapped by 6mm. The last 6mm of a panel is identical to the first 6mm of the next panel. Match the design in the middle of the panel, then do the top and the bottom. After hanging a panel, come back to the previous one and run a clean damp cloth over the seams (without pressure) to remove excess glue.

For dark murals or the ones with dark sections, it is possible that a small white line will be visible at the seams. In this case, we provide a charcoal and/or wax crayon to hide this line. If you hang the mural from left to right, rub gently the left edge with the stick (on dark areas only) before soaking the strip in the water. Do the right side (on dark areas only) if you hang from right to left. The goal is not to create a black line but to hide the white line. Check your first 2 panels to assess the effect and adjust your technique if necessary.

Our paper content is 15% Polyester and 85% Natural Wood Pulp. When you soak the paper in water at installation, you will be rehydrating the wood pulp and each strip will be expanding by 3/8″ (6mm) in width only (not in height). 

How to calculate the expansion that your mural will take? Important if you want to center your mural or if you want to be sure to cover the full width of your wall

Each panel expands 3/8 inch or 6 cm when soaked in water and installed. To do a simple calculation, multiply 0.02 to the mural dimension in inches.

For example, if your mural has a dimension of 10.5 feet x 8 feet (so 126 inches wide), it will take 2.52 inches of expansion (126 inches x 0.02).

Another example, if your mural has a dimension of 15 feet x 9 feet (so 180 inches wide), it will expand 3.6 inches (180 inches x 0.02).

INSTALLATION OF 30 ‘’ TO 54 ‘’ PRE-PASTED WALLPAPER STRIPS

1. The best water container to reactivate the self-adhesive paste on the back of your pre-pasted wallpaper is a good old bath. If you do not have access to a bath, you can use a spray bottle or generously soak a sponge (or cloth) and then squeeze it to soak the backing of the strip and spread the water evenly. Be generous with the water, you can never put too much water.


2. Fold both ends of the wallpaper strip (paste-on-paste) towards the center of the strip (the two ends of the width must meet at the center). Then roll the wallpaper strip on itself making sure that the seams are well aligned. Let the strip rest for 5 minutes prior to installing the wallpaper.


3. To install; unfold it from the top of the strip and make sure to use a level on the wall to make sure the installation of the strips are done straight. Use a wallpaper smoother (or sponge) to remove the excess bubbles and folds.


4. For the rest of the installation, please carefully read the instructions written onto the mural (next to the image). It is done as standard or see the video on our website.

If you have any additional questions regarding the installation, please contact us

We used only the metric system in the instructions for simplicity. 

Installation Service (for our own murals only)

Prices may vary by region, distance traveled or if scaffolding is required. If you have several wallpaper murals to install, it is possible to obtain a better price.

*Price may also vary if there is a lot of trimming.
 

Price for the installation of murals of less than 17 feet (5m) wide (maximum 10 feet (3m) high)

170$

Price for the installation of murals of more than 17 feet (5m) wide (maximum 10 feet (3m) high)

180$

+ $10 per additional linear foot

List of our murals installers

Commercial and Residencial Project Manager
Jean-François Royer
514-349-9687

Montreal, Laurentians, Lanaudiere
Michel Castonguay
438-392-4321

South Shore of Montreal and Estrie
Bernard Pronovost
514-779-8046

Quebec City
Alain Brodeur
418-575-2142

Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean
Ghislain Trépanier
418-662-3878

Lower-River
(Montmagny to Rimouski)

Pierre-François Grant
418-894-4643

Alma - Chicoutimi - Jonquière
Ghislain Trépanier
514-970-9633

Drummonville - Victoriaville
Sylvie Bruneau
819-960-9093

Ottawa and Gatineau
Carlos Cortes
819-592-3695

Calgary
Tim Jessop
403-512-5622

Calgary
Ajit Khalon
403-992-9134

Vancouver Island
Suzie Leroux
250-792-3476

Toronto
Frank Baker
519-831-7068

Kelowna, BC
David Baker
604-889-3158

Vancouver Island
Gustavo Vega
604-700-6989
customercare@vegawalls.com

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Contact us if you live in an area that is not on this list. We can try to refer you to a competent installer.