Emboss Vinyl Wallcovering is a commercial grade cadmium-free Type II vinyl wall covering. It comes in a variety textures to add different finishes and looks to designs and graphics.
Emboss Vinyl Wall Mural
This commercial grade cadmium-free Type II vinyl wallcovering comes in a variety of textures to add different finishes and looks to designs and graphics. This fabric backed material is printed with UV curable inks to provide a durable, odor-free, waterproof image. Includes a unique Early Warning Effect® which can trigger smoke alarms before smoke is present. See the FAQ tab for more information on this feature.
Installs with standard wallpaper paste. Available in widths up to 54".
Longevity of 3-20 years indoors, depending on exposure to sunlight.
The different available textures create different looks to suit different situations and tastes. The Early Warning Effect is a potentially life saving feature.
Not many. This is an unlaminated product, but the UV printing is very durable, so it shouldn't be necessary.
Wall murals in both commercial and residential locations.
Preparing Your Wall
Surfaces to be covered must be clean, smooth, dry and structurally sound. Loose paint or other wall coverings must be removed. In order to ensure maximum smoothness of installation, nail heads, nicks, gouges, and other surface imperfections should be filled, sanded smooth and sealed. On new walls, drywall joints should be taped, bedded and sanded smooth.
Mold and mildew require moisture in order to grow and, therefore, it is important to check the walls with a suitable moisture meter. Moisture content should not exceed 4%. Excessive moisture in wall needs to be corrected prior to the installation of the wall covering. Remove any mold and mildew from existing wall and treat surfaces to inhibit future growth.
This emboss wall covering can be installed over almost any surface that has been properly prepared. Do not hang over ball point pen writing, wax crayon, ink marker, oil based stains or any foreign matter that may bleed through the wall covering. Painted surfaces should be checked for possibility of pigment bleed-through. It is suggested that lead pencil be used to mark the print or wall as pencil marks do not bleed. Glossy surfaces should either be sanded to dull the surface or an application of Professional R-35 heavy-duty primer should be made.
If future strippability is desired, a primer must be used. Some drywall joint compounds contrast with the drywall paper surface, showing strong light and dark colored areas. Very lightly colored wall coverings may allow show-through due to their limited amount of opacity. Should this situation occur, we recommend that you use a primer, then Koroseal Heavy Duty A-848-B Adhesive or equivalent.
Recommended Wallpaper Paste
There are only two major commercial grade wall covering adhesive manufacturers remaining in the United States: Gardner-Gibson & Roman Decorative Products. They have consolidated market positions by developing numerous private label brands for most major retail paint store chains and in some cases mass-merchandising builder supply outlets. Their branded and private label products work quite well and can be used for a successful installation if these general guidelines are followed.
Always use a recommended compatible primer with the selected brand of adhesive. New sheet rock, previously painted sheetrock, sheetrock with wall covering previously installed and subsequently removed (adhesive residue remaining), sheetrock in high humidity environments will each require slightly different surface preparations and or formulations depending on job site conditions. There are primers for unique installations that can be used but close attention to individual job details are a big plus for successful installations.
We have found that water-based acrylic and or latex primers are preferred to almost all other types of primers. Paint stores will know the compatibility of their house brand of primers relative to their brand of adhesive relative to the condition of the installation surface. The good news is that it is not rocket science. The product information / application labels are actually pretty good in this industry.
The best general guidelines for a suitable wall covering adhesive are as follows:
1) Premixed commercial grade available in one and five gallon buckets.
2) A “clay” premixed is the baseline for commercial wall covering adhesives. All commercial wall covering adhesives are water based. Clay based adhesives require a little more attention than a “clear cellulose” adhesive when they are dropped, smeared or spilled on surfaces other than the back of the wall covering. A real “sea sponge is recommended for cleaning/removing clay based adhesive residue. Do not try to save a few dollars by buying a conventional sponge. A cheap sponge will spread the adhesive over a larger area and come back to haunt you when it dries. Rinse with clean water. Change water frequently. Some installers prefer clay based products because they can readily see the amount of adhesive that has been applied to the wall covering or the wall if “dry hanging”. There also may be some additional “open time” (the amount of time available to install the material before it dries out) depending on the local temperature and humidity.
3) A “clear” (cellulose vs clay) based adhesive will minimize clean-up issues. It dries to a consistency similar to oatmeal residue and will flake off easily. Be careful around exotic finishes (silk, woods, etc...) regardless of what type of adhesive is used. One inch “blue” painters tape is great for a quick barrier between the finishes, over ceiling grids, moldings, etc...
4) A “strippable” commercial grade adhesive will facilitate future removal of material when you are ready to change the image/message. If you plan to change the mural at some point then seriously consider a strippable adhesive and suitable primer. You'll make the process of changing out the mural considerably easier.
Below are some general product recommendations, but there are many others available:
1 ) Gardner-Gibson:
a ) Primer: Dynamite® 235 / HD acrylic primer sizing: 350-400 sq. ft. per gallon.
b ) Primer: 221 clear wall prep.
c ) Primer: 222 white tinted wall prep.
d ) Adhesive: Dynamite® 780 HD clear strippable: 275-300 sq. ft. per gallon.
e ) Adhesive: Dynamite® 234 premium HD clear/strippable.
f ) Adhesive: Dynamite® 433 clay based strippable.
g ) Adhesive: Dynamite® 111 clay based not strippable. Last resort.
2 ) Roman Decorating Products, Professional® Series:
a ) Primer: Pro 935 (R-35®): 400-450 sq. ft. per gallon (might be over kill for some)
b ) Primer: Pro 909 vinyl prep.
c ) Pro Ultra® Prime 997: great for new sheet rock applications.
d ) Adhesive: Pro 870 HD clear strippable: 275-300 sq. ft. per gallon.
e ) Adhesive: Pro 838 HD clear.
f ) Adhesive: Pro 774 clay strippable.
g ) Adhesive: Pro 732 clay. (last resort).
3 ) Roman Decorating Products: (high humidity environments)
a ) Primer: Pro 988 (for mildew prone environments) 400-450 sq. ft per gallon.
b ) Adhesive: Pro 888 Clear. (for mildew prone areas): 275-300 sq. ft. per gallon.
4 ) Benjamin- Moore:
a ) Primer: Universal Wall Grip®203: 400 sq. ft. per gallon
5 ) Sherwin-Williams:
a ) Primer: Prep-Rite® Pro Block®
b ) Prep-Rite® Bonding
c ) Prep-Rite® Pre-Wallcovering Primer (depends on condition and type of substrate).
6 ) Zinsser:
a ) Primer: Gardz®
b ) Also supply quality mildew prevention products.
Installing the Panels
All material must be installed in panel sequence. Graphic design of panels will determine seaming method to be implemented. Overlapping and double-cutting and pre-trimming both have advantages in making acceptable seams, but most murals are printed with overlap to be double cut. Do not “score” dry wall when double-cutting.
When hanging materials it is best to observe from a distance the first two or three sheets before continuing so any potential problems can be identified before the installation is complete.
Apply an even coat of adhesive to fabric side of material using a stiff bristle brush, roller or pasting machine in accordance with label recommendations. The wall covering should be applied to the wall as soon as it has become tacky. Smooth the surface, working out air bubbles as you go using a wall covering brush, sponge or soft plastic scraper. Avoid burnishing the surface of the print as you complete this step.
As each strip is installed, immediately remove excess adhesive from wall covering surface and seams using natural sponge and a soft bristle brush frequently rinsed in clean warm water. Dry with clean cotton toweling, professional vinyl cleaner/wallpaper remover should be used where adhesive products have been specifically developed for use in these applications. We are not responsible for the appearance and performance of the wall coverings not applied according to these instructions. Seams should not be located closer than 6” to outside or inside corners. Do not install wall coverings unless a temperature above 55°F is maintained in both areas of installation and storage.
Maintenance and Care
Ordinary dirt and smudges can be removed with a mild soap and warm water. Clean from bottom of wall upward. Rinse thoroughly with clean water from the top down using a sponge. Deeply embossed wall coverings need extra attention to remove suds or loosened dirt that may lodge in the embossing. Dry wall covering with a soft lint free cloth or towel. For more difficult stains that are only surface deep, the use of a stronger detergent is recommended. Always test an inconspicuous area with the stronger detergent to be sure that the surface and ink are not damaged. DO NOT USE steel wool or powdered abrasive because they can damage the image and textured surface. DO NOT USE solvents, alcohol, pine oil, or cleaners that contain these kinds of products as they can remove the image and damage the textured surface. When cleaning, always take measures to prevent water from dripping behind molding.