Proper wall preparation ensures that your wall will be "mural/wallpaper ready" and your mural will adhere correctly to the wall defects will not damage or detract from the beauty of your mural. Proper preparation will ensure the best results for your wall mural and also aides in future removal.
Never adhere your mural to cinder block, paneling, heavy textured walls (such as "knock down" (on the right, below)) or a slick wall surface without properly prepping the wall to be "mural/wallpaper ready."
Avoid applying the mural to raw sheetrock or concrete. You can apply vinyl or canvas wall murals to a concrete wall, but you need to apply wallpaper liner and a coat of flat paint first. SmartStick® is not recommended for concrete or textured walls.
Due to the thickness of the material, it can be installed over a "orange peel" (on the left, below) or smoother wall surface and over walls with paint color.
If you're painting the wall before hanging a wall mural, use a flat or matte paint like eggshell for Vinyl and Canvas murals. Use satin or semi-gloss paint for SmartStick® murals.
Material has some transparency, so wall colors may show through on lighter wall murals. We recommend this material be installed on smooth surfaces only.