Successful application of vinyl wall graphics start with surface preparation.
Just like your last paint job the result and longevity of the work is dependent on the how well the surface was prepared. The install surface must be clean, smooth, dry, undamaged, free of mold, mildew, grease or stains, and structurally intact. Testing the surface with a sample of the adhesive material to be applied is always preferred.
This interior wall in a renovated company cafeteria was prepared for the application of custom printed vinyl adhesive wall graphics. The dry wall surface was filled and painted with high gloss paint. Once painted the surface must be left to cure as prescribed by the paint manufacturer. This preparation provided the best surface for the vinyl adhesive to adhere properly. Here is an example of an extensive set of wall graphics installed in a building corridor at the University of California Riverside. 3D elements were added through the time line to enhance the presentation. More Commercial Wall Covering are seen here:
Each of the following items can cause either poor adhesion when you apply your graphic.
Highly textured paint
Poor initial paint bond or poorly painted edges (make sure your paint isn’t chipping or peeling)
Patched areas that have not been primed
Dust, dirt or other contaminants on the wall
Freshly painted walls that have not had time to cure (We recommend at least 2 weeks, 3 weeks is best. If you have questions on how long it takes your paint to cure, contact your paint supplier). Vinyl graphics tend to bubble and release from the wall if the paint is still in the curing process.