Today, printed interior wall graphics are gradually taking over paint and wallpaper due to their ease of application and removal, customizability and even profitability.

Most zero or low VOC paints have many additives that prevent adhesive from sticking to it. That is why it’s necessary to conduct tests to ensure that the surface can be wrapped. Before starting a wall project, make sure that you watch our WrapItRight video on ‘Testing a Wall for Media Compatibility’.

Tools for Installing Interior Wall Graphics

Tools to Install Interior Wall Graphics
Tools to Install Interior Wall Graphics

Have your application tools ready: a Felt Squeegee or a Wrap Mafia Bill Collector, Snap-Off Blades and high tack masking tape. In the same way, make sure your work site equipment is also set; a scaffold, ladder or scissor lift, laser level, screwdriver and brushes to dust off crevices.

It is vitally important to make sure that all graphic panels for the job are prepared offsite. For details on this preparation see the WrapItRight video on ‘Tiling Large Wall Graphics’.

In this example, we are installing on a free-standing wall with no ceilings or adjacent walls. This wall is already clean. It is clear of spider webs, removable obstructions and is ready for application. Carefully measure and mark the position of the inside edge of the first tile. Using a laser level to ensure plumb, apply masking tape markers on the outside of this line every few feet.

First, align the inner edge of the first time with these markers. Then, anchor the top with the high-tack masking tape and let the graphic hang loose. Line up the first tile with your guides. Remove the 2 inch strip of release liner and squeegee from the center out.

Next, remove the release liner above this anchor point and apply. Work from top to bottom, peeling the liner in 2 feet increments. Squeegee from the center out.

For the next tile, apply masking tape on the top two corners. With it hanging loose, line up the registration marks made of blue masking tape. For this project, we used a quarter inch overlap and trimmed excess material. Have somebody help you check the alignment of the remaining blue tape. Adjust when necessary.

Once the alignment is set, remove the 2 inch strip of liner. Then, apply to set your permanent anchor. Install the same way as the first tile. Apply the section above the anchor, work towards the bottom, and squeegee from center out, 2 feet at a time. As you work your way from top to bottom keep checking your overlap in alignment.

Finishing Touches

When you reach an obstruction such an electrical outlet, continue your standard application. When you reach the top edge, loosely tack the vinyl over the obstructions and make a relief cut. Then apply the vinyl around the outlet. Once the film has been set all around, trim.

After completing the wall wrap, reinstall outlet plates. Repeat until you achieve full covered and trim the excess material from the bottom and sides. To ensure long-term durability, post heat and apply firm pressure on the edges and overlaps.

Above all, use the right tools, media, preparation, and application technique. Certainly, this will ensure an efficient, safe, and profitable install.

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Louie Calma

Louie started working with Arlon Graphics’ Technical Services in 2013.  By being part of a team whose goal is to bridge end-user’s demands to R&D and QA, he was able to gain both external and internal insights on how graphic films are designed, made, used and improved. His automotive background also allowed him to contribute ideas regarding technologies in the automotive industry that may affect a product’s design.

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Louie Calma

Louie started working with Arlon Graphics’ Technical Services in 2013.  By being part of a team whose goal is to bridge end-user’s demands to R&D and QA, he was able to gain both external and internal insights on how graphic films are designed, made, used and improved. His automotive background also allowed him to contribute ideas regarding technologies in the automotive industry that may affect a product’s design.

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