Fake Wall panels installation

Step 1: Prep wall.

Remove any picture frames or stray nails from your wall with a hammer. Dust away any debris and clean surface with warm, soapy water. Wall must be fully clean and dry to ensure a secure bond with adhesive backing on your decorative wall panels.

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Once clean, it’s important to plan out the layout of your decorative wall panels because each home’s dimensions vary so vastly. To ensure a level installation, mark the width of the panel from the floorboard vertically up along the wall. Do this on the bottom left and bottom right of the wall. Use a level to draw a straight line or snap a chalk line between these marks. Use this as your guideline, applying the peel-and-stick tile flush with the chalk line. Work your way across the wall, from left to right.

In order to stagger the panels, cut a panel down to two thirds its size and use it as your starting piece on the second row. Continue across the wall using full-length planks. Start row three with the one-third piece you have from before. Continue with full-size planks.

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Step 2: Place panels, cutting as you go.

Once you’ve got your wall planned and leveled, now you can start placing the panels in the layout you find most aesthetically pleasing. We recommend a staggered panel layout with most panel designs to create an organic flow that feels natural.

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Begin placing your panels, removing the adhesive cover and sticking one at a time with solid pressure. Make sure you don’t jump around and skip a row when placing the panels, as they are designed to be precisely interlocked together. Chances are, the panels will require a slight trim to completely cover your wall. You can cut the panels horizontally or vertically to fit the required area. For installations not ending in a corner, complete the edge with a piece of trim if you desire.

Tip: Use adhesive and/or grout.

If you opt to use Alpine Bluff Stone panels, we recommend placing dots of construction adhesive along the top and right flange so adjoining panels will stack seamlessly on top of each other for a smooth tiling effect. With the City Brick, spruce up your installation by adding grout in the color of your choosing between the bricks. For more of a tile-like installation, use grout along the borders of any of our flat panels. If you’re not sure how to grout peel-and-stick tile, a small brush, grout sponge, and water make this task a breeze.

Recommended adhesive: Loctite® PL Premium Polyurethane Construction Adhesive Recommended grout: Polyblend® Sanded Ceramic Tile Caulk

Tip: Cut to size.

When you reach an area where your panels don’t perfectly fit, have no fear—Nuwal decorative wall panels are designed to split seamlessly into straight lines. Slip-on some protective gloves and place panels on a flat surface. Use a level or square ruler to guide your cut, cutting a deep line through the panels with a utility knife (or hand saw for Alpine Bluff).  We recommend cutting the peel-and-stick tile straight down from the back side and going over the cut a few times with firm pressure. Once you make a sizable slit in the decorative wall panel’s surface, you can simply fold the panel at the cut lines to completely separate (do not fold Alpine Bluff panels). 

Step 3: Pat it down and check it out.

Congrats on your not-so-hard work! Ensure a completely secure bond and smooth surface by patting down your new decorative wall panels, no roller needed. Once your panels are fully secure, feel free to spruce them up with pictures, shelves, and other home accents. Nuwal decorative wall panels can easily be nailed through with a hammer. 

We hope this Nuwal Panels peel & stick installation guide was helpful! Now you can enjoy the stylish look of your new wall.

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