Beginner’s Guide To Wall Graphic Installation: Go Pro Or DIY?
When it comes to wall graphic installations, should you go pro or doityourself? Whatever you choose, Horizon Sign Company can help. Read on for some DIY installation tips and find out how to book a professional wall graphic installation in St. Louis, MO.
Wall Graphic Installation Tips: DIY-friendly, But Not Foolproof
Compared to some of the more labor, skill, and equipment-intensive sign projects, wall graphic installation can be very do-it-yourself-friendly.
But remember: DIY-friendly does not mean foolproof. On your first attempt, it is not uncommon to end up with lifting around the edges, air bubbles trapped below the graphic, or poor adhesion. For best results, go pro with our wall graphic installation service, which is included in the cost of your order.
That said, if you are set on a DIY wall graphic installation, follow these tips for best results:
- Select an appropriate wall graphic installation area. There are several factors you will need to consider when selecting your wall graphic installation area.
First, consider wall texture. Too much surface texture makes it practically impossible to achieve a good application, since only the high points of the wall will come into contact with the adhesive. Certain wall graphics require greater adhesion levels, such as large-scale and overlaminate graphics, so choose your installation area accordingly. For best results with any wall graphic installation, we recommend finding a smooth, non-porous surface.
Next, consider temperature and light exposure. If the wall is too cold, the adhesive may not flow or achieve full surface contact as designed. On the other hand, extreme heat can make the adhesive too aggressive, increasing the risks of residue being left behind. Light exposure is not the end of the world, but excessive sunlight and UV rays can negatively affect the adhesive and cause the graphic to fade. For best results, choose an area with moderate sunlight and consistent temperatures no colder than 46°F (8°C).
Finally, make sure to avoid unsound or damaged wall surfaces, such as loose paint, mixed surface finishes, abrasion, and gouges.
- Clean and prepare the substrate. Clean away any dust, dirt, or grime, as this will prevent proper adhesion. For interior walls where grease or oil is present on the substrate, wash the area with a solution of detergent and lukewarm water, then dry thoroughly before you begin. Smooth poured concrete walls or concrete block walls may need power washing or hand washing with a stiff brush to remove grease and/or exhaust contaminants.
- Apply your wall graphic. Depending on the product in question, follow the instructions for wet or dry wall graphic installation. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact our wall graphic installation experts.
Go Pro: Free Quote On Wall Graphic Installation In St. Louis, MO
Call Horizon Sign Company at (314) 726-5500 or fill out the short contact form on our website to get professional results with your next wall graphic installation.