Companies use custom wall graphics and murals to showcase their brand within their facilities and engage customers as they enter the doors. Adhesive-backed vinyl graphics can be printed in an infinite number of colors at high-resolution to create impactful murals and spot graphics to enhance the “WOW” in your brand.
There are multiple steps taken when designing and installing vinyl wall graphics. However, wall preparation is one of the most significant parts! Here are some steps to take before allowing a team of experts (us) to apply your new custom graphics.
We cannot stress enough the importance of properly cleaning your walls. We suggest following 3M’s Enhanced Adhesion Cleaning Method (description is shown below).
Wiping the wall down thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol is a significant part of this process. It removes much of the adhesion-fighting chemical compounds from the paint’s surface.
It is common to have damage to your walls. Whether it’s furniture scuffs, water damage, cracks, or a random hole, we have all questioned “How did that happen” at some point. Although vinyl graphics are “big stickers” that cover a place on your wall, they cannot hide all physical flaws.
These high-performance vinyl products are relatively thin; therefore, the flaws can be seen through the vinyl even after the graphics are applied. We recommend that you prepare your walls with a Level 5 finish – the highest level of drywall finish in regards to smoothness and lack of flaws.
Primer & Paint
According to 3M, you should prepare your walls with specific primers and paints to provide a superior surface for the adhesion of vinyl graphics. 3M suggests the following paint + primer pairs.
After you have applied the primer and paint, we recommend allowing the paint to cure before applying the adhesive-backed vinyl graphics. A minimum of two weeks of cure time achieves better quality adhesion results.
You may be familiar with features that make newer paint formulas “less stinky” and more scrubbable for ease of cleanability. These are chemical compounds, particularly in newer zero-VOC and low-VOC paints, that tend to reject adhesives over time, resulting in your custom graphics potentially peeling away from the wall surface.
A Tip for Mural Installations
If you are installing a mural for your facility, we suggest printing the mural in vertical panels with extra bleed material on the top, bottom, and the far left & right edges. However, you should hire a team of experts (us again) to install your mural, because it requires an extra level of experience and effort to achieve good results.
It takes a lot of preparation and work to create murals and spot graphics, but the ending results are worth it!
If your business could use an extra “WOW” factor to enhance your customer experience, give us a call at (615) 595-6564 or click on the button below.
Don’t forget to check out our gallery to see examples of our custom wall graphics and murals. Hopefully, they inspire your next project!