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Preparing Your Wall

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.

Basic steps for wall preparation

  1. Remove old wallcovering
  2. Remove flaking paint
  3. Repair any defects in the wall surface; patch nail holes
  4. Remove picture hooks, light fixtures, switch plates & outlet plates
  5. Remove old paste, grease and dirt with a warm, mild detergent solution; rinse well
  6. Paint wall if necessary:
    • The best wall surface for vinyl or canvas murals is a wall painted with two coats of flat latex paint or primer
    • The best wall surface for SmartStick® murals is a wall painted with 2 coats of satin or semi-gloss paint
    • If you have questions about preparing walls for installation, call a design consultant with Murals Your Way at 1-888-558-0279 or email us.

Special Notes

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.

Canvas and Vinyl

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.

Acceptable texture
Unacceptable texture

 

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.

SmartStick®

Material has some transparency, so wall colors may show through on lighter wall murals. We recommend this material be installed on smooth surfaces only.

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