Fitting Instructions

Once your wall mural has arrived, the next step is installing it in your home. If you’re looking for some assistance – don’t worry, we are here to lend a helping hand! We’ve listed everything you need to know about your wall mural right here…

Tools you’ll need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Step-ladder
  • Spirit level
  • Squeegee/smoothing tool
  • Cutting knife
  • Straight edge for trimming
  • Sponge/cloth

For paste-the-wall only

  • Paste
  • Pasting brush/roller
  • Pasting tray

2 heads 😁+😁 are better than 1 😔

It is advised that two people install the wall mural together to achieve the best results and make life a bit easier.

Take care ⛑

Take care when handling your mural – it is delicate!

Please note ❗️

Unfortunately, we cannot accept any responsibility once the wall mural has been installed. If your wall mural arrives faulty, please contact us on 01823 653550 or via email at hello@walls4u.co.uk.

Wall preparation

Preparing your wall is the most important part of the installation process. There are things to consider before you get started.

  • Make sure that your wall is clean and has no loose plaster.
  • With a plastered wall, it is best to size your wall with a good quality primer to help seal the mural.
  • Any old or flaking paint will need to be scraped and sanded to a smooth surface.
  • Dependant on the condition of your wall, it is recommended you finish with a good quality wall sealer/primer.
  • For freshly painted walls, allow 2 to 3 weeks drying time before installing your mural – your wall must be dry as well as clean.
  • Clear any dust and debris from the area that you are about to install your mural.
  • Remove any existing wallpaper, otherwise the mural may not take to the wall properly.

    Check your mural

    • Lay out each panel to ensure you have everything and it matches up accordingly. Each panel is labelled in a chronological order to keep things simple.
    • If you notice any defects, please do not install your mural and get in contact with us as soon as possible.
    • We advise that you refer to these installation instructions. If you have any problems, don’t hesitate to ask us!

    Final Preparation

    • The wall mural you have purchased is provided with 3cm of bleed (extra printed paper) to the top and bottom of each drop, be aware of this when installing.
    • Your mural is a straight match, which means that it must be joined up accurately and not overlapped.
    • Please ensure your wall has a smooth, dry and clean surface and you have removed all fixtures.
    • If your wall is dry and absorbent you may need to size your wall – this means priming your wall before applying the mural.

    Installing Your Mural

    • Your mural will arrive in several ‘drops’ (panels) – these drops will be numbered in order of installation. For example, 1 is the first drop and 8 is the last drop.
    • The most important step is making sure the first drop is straight and level. This will affect all other drops of wallpaper on that wall, so it is vital to spend time getting the first drop correct.
    • This process of ensuring the first drop is straight should be repeated on starting each new wall. Don’t assume your walls are perfectly straight!
    • Mark a vertical line, 65.5cm from the left-hand edge. This will be a guide for your first drop.
    • Once your first drop is ready, carefully peel a small amount of the mural from the backing paper.
    • Being careful not to cause any creases, apply the top of the mural to the wall whilst checking it’s straight against the vertical line you have drawn, with 3cm of bleed to the top.
    • Gradually peel away the rest of the mural from the backing paper and continue to apply the panel until you reach the bottom of the wall.
    • Using a squeegee or smoothing tool, remove any creases or air pockets by smoothing out from the middle towards to the sides of the mural.
    • If you need to reposition an area at any point, simply peel the section away and re-apply it, ensuring all creases are smoothed out.
    • Once the first drop is in place, hang your second drop as per the first, using the edge of the first drop as your guide.

    Trimming

    • When all panels have been applied to your wall, using your straight edge and a knife, trim the excess paper along the ceiling and skirting.
    • For a perfect finish always use a sharp knife or blade and make the cut in one clean movement.