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Q: What is the difference between pre-pasted, un-pasted, and peel & stick wall murals?
A: All wallpaper murals fall into one of three categories; Pre-pasted, Un-pasted or Peel & Stick.
Un-pasted Wall Murals:The manufacturers of the un-pasted murals place a small packet of powdered paste inside the box at the manufacturing facility. The powdered paste must be mixed with water and brushed onto the back of the mural before installing. The un-pasted murals arrive to you in panels. Each panel is approximately 4ft x 3ft. You apply the panels to the wall one at a time to create the mural. Un-pasted wall murals are suitable for wall applications and cannot be applied to glass. All un-pasted murals are printed on wet-strength paper, they can be wiped occasionally with a slightly damp sponge but are not "scrubbable". This is true with ANY un-pasted wall mural sold anywhere.
Pre-pasted Wall Murals:The pre-pasted murals are actually pre-pasted wallpaper. They arrive to you in 18 inch wide rolls. The height of the particular mural you purchase will determine the length of that roll, but the width is always 18 inches. The paste is already on the back of the mural. To install you simply unroll a panel and dip it into water, let it sit for a few minutes, and then smooth onto the wall. Each panel is numbered so when you put them up in the right order they will create the picture. The pre-pasted wall murals are suitable for wall applications and cannot be applied to glass. The pre-pasted murals are washable with soap and water and removable by simply peeling away from the wall. Un-pasted murals usually require some scraping, but neither pre-pasted or un-pasted murals will harm the surface of the wall.
Peel & Stick Wall Murals(QuickMurals® brand) are applied by Simply peeling off the protective backing and smoothing onto any smooth, flat non-porous surface - indoors or outdoors. No tools or paste are needed to install the "QuickMurals®". They are printed on Self-adhesive canvas that is impossible to tear, wrinkle or crease. Go ahead! Just try! They are repositionable and can be moved from wall to wall hundreds of times. QuickMurals® will not damage your walls and will not leave any sticky residue when removed. "QuickMurals®" can also be applied directly onto glass.
Q: Can I put a mural on my wall if it is concrete, cinder block, has a rough stucco or orange-peel texture, or already has paneling on it?
A: Yes - depending on the type of wall, you may have to do one the following:
Hang lining paper: Using a heavy duty adhesive apply Wall Liner to the wall where the mural is to be placed. Sometimes it helps to paste both the wall surface and the back of the lining paper since the lining paper is porous and heavy. Once the lining paper has dried, apply a primer/sealer. If applying Heavy Duty Wall Liner to cinder-block, concrete or wood paneling, it is best to use an un-pasted wall liner and liberally apply a heavy duty adhesive. This will ensure that the wall liner stays on the wall. Other methods include:
Floating the Walls: Use a broad knife to trowel the joint compound over the rough walls in light, even coats. After the wall is at the preferred smoothness, allow to dry. Prime the newly smooth surface with 2 coats of primer/sealer. Or using a heavy duty adhesive, apply a Heavy Duty wall liner to the wall where the mural is to be placed.
Sanding: If the texture is minimal, this process is adequate and time-saving. After sanding, a primer/sealer is applied. This method is the least preferred, however, because of the labor and the dust that covers the entire house. Applying a Heavy Duty wall liner will also cover lightly textured walls.
Wood-paneled walls: Wash thoroughly with a deglossing solution and water, then sand smooth. Fill vertical grooves of paneling with spackle and apply primer. Seal with acrylic or alkyd primer, allow to cure, and hang wall mural. Or using a heavy duty adhesive, apply Heavy Duty wall liner to the wall where the mural is to be placed.