A simple guide to installing EASipanel
- Ready cut dado height panels, available in 2 'carry home' sizes
- Deep natural woodgrain effect
- Simple 'just glue' installation
- Stain, varnish or paint to suit any colour scheme
- Stick over existing plaster, ceramic tiles or wallpaper
- Complementary dado moulding
- CONDITIONING THE PANELS
Remove ALL PACKAGING from your panels and stack on the floor of the room you intend to panel, 48 hours before installation. This allows the panels to acclimatise to the environment.
- WALL PREPARATION
Installing EASIpanel™ over existing true walls requires no initial preparation other than to make sure the surface is clean, free of grease and secure (remove all (loose) wallpaper or paint).
- SETTING OUT
In most cases you will not have to mark the height of the panel if you are installing it at its pre-cut height. However, for older properties and/or properties with known uneven floors we would recommend that you locate the highest point, mark off the panel height from the top of the skirting and using a level continue that mark around the room. [See pic.1] If you require the panelling to be of a non-standard height, then mark your level (at the highest point, if floors are not level) and with the aid of a level continue that mark around the room. [See pic.1]
- WHERE TO START?
It is preferable to start from the door opening or a corner of the room. Lay the panels around the room to roughly identify where any cutting is required and ensure you have enough EASIpanels™ to complete the job. Hold up your starting panel onto the wall ensuring that it is sitting squarely on the top of the skirting and tight into the corner (grooved edge in) or against the door architrave. If gaps are evident then trim the edge to fit correctly before starting. [See pic.2] If any panels require cutting it is recommended that you cut them as you proceed with gluing to ensure an accurate fit. Do not attempt to pre cut all the panels prior to gluing to the wall.
- APPLYING ADHESIVE
ENSURE ALL SURFACES ARE FREE OF DIRT AND DUST. Apply a 6mm width bead of Nail & Seal adhesive in a 'Z' pattern. [See pic.3]
- FITTING TO WALL
Remove the paper tape backing from the foam pads and place the bottom edge of the panel on top of the skirting with the left edge tight into the corner or up to the door frame architrave and press firmly to the wall. Prepare the next panel. Again, place the bottom edge on top of the skirting and push fit the edge to the previously fitted panel ensuring the tongue is fully located into the groove. Repeat process. [See pic.4]
- FITTING INTO CORNERS AND AROUND ELECTRICAL SOCKETS
Prior to applying the adhesive to the corner panel, measure and cut to the appropriate width (NOTE: measure at the bottom and top of the gap in case the corner is not square) [See pic.5]. The next panel will repeat the process, see 4 "where to start". If the panelling has to accommodate electrical sockets then remove the face plate and apply decorators chalk to the edge of the electrical box, marry up the panel (NOTE: locate correctly into the adjoining panel) and press against the box. Cut 1/4" around the area indicated by the chalk, this will provide room for spacing and adjustment with the face plate covering any extra space when refitted. [See pic.6]
IMPORTANT: Turn off electric supply to the socket at the mains before you remove the faceplate. If in any doubt seek the help of a qualified electrician.
- FITTING DADO MOULDING
The dado produced to complement this system is supplied to fit the width of 2 panels. When fitting into or around corners measure to allow for a mitre to be cut (ie. cut to exact length for internal corners and then cut mitre, but cut oversize for external corners to allow for the mitre). Apply a 6mm bead of Nail & Seal in a "zig zag" pattern the length of the moulding and press onto the wall. If the wall is not true and the moulding is not sitting flush to the surface secure with an adhesive foam pad or a panel pin (subject to the wall finish) until the adhesive has set. [See pic.7]
The panelling will require no filling or preparation prior to painting other than an all over light sand to ensure adhesion of the paint. If panel pins have been used to secure the dado moulding then either remove when the glue has completely set or sink the heads into the moulding, fill and sand. Finish in a paint, stain or varnish to suit your colour scheme following the manufacturer’s instructions and sanding lightly between coats. NOTE: If secured properly then removing EASIpanel™ may result in the damage to the surface onto which it is attached. CAUTION: EASIpanel™ is a composite wood based product and is not intended to come in direct contact with a naked flame or be submerged or subjected to constant running water.
EASIpanel™ and Nail & Seal™, are all registered names.