Dressing up a living room wall with foil

A practical alternative to painting is the foliation of the front surfaces of a wall unit. Even if the surfaces and surfaces do not demand very high standards, careful fitting is the prerequisite for a considerable result. Imprints and air pockets must be properly prevented.

Properties and material thickness

When filming each individual surface must be stuck as a single piece. Removable parts such as doors are removed and pasted. For narrow surfaces, such as the leading edges of shelves, folded films or a two-part adhesive technique can be used.

Very important is a smooth surface. Every little unevenness "wears on" and becomes more visible after pasting. This effect less pronounced when painting. Special furniture foils are stronger and do not express any rough and curly textures. Universal films are usually thinner. If high-contrast pre-dyeings are present on the surfaces to be covered, a primer foil can prevent transparency.

The thickness of foils is given in the unit of measure micro (μ). They move in the majority of furniture films between 160 and 200μ, which corresponds to 0.16 to 0.2 millimeters.

This is how you foil your living room wall

  • Adhesive film, ideally special furniture film
  • Cutting resistant pad
  • Cutter / Wallpaper knife
  • Cutting strip made of metal
  • Tape measure / ruler
  • scissors
  • Soft and hard brush
  • Press block made of wood
  • pin
  • felt-tip pen
  • helper
  • Eventually hair dryer

1. Prepare

First remove all fittings from the wall. Hang out removable elements like doors. Degrease the surfaces with detergent water.

2. rough cut

Cut the slides roughly with a pair of scissors to create a protrusion of about ten centimeters in each direction. If you are using roll stock, lay out a slide to "relax" one day before starting to process.

3. Apply

Lay the film on the two upper corners of the adhesive surface and pull the protective film a few centimeters across towards the adhesive surface. Press the adhesive "bar" onto the top edge of the adhesive surface.

4. Pull up

Pull both sides of the protective film piece by piece. Press the adhesive film onto the surface and use a brush to draw air inclusions from top to bottom and from the center to the sides.

Tips & Tricks

Use felt-tip points to mark the position of the later-retrievable positions of the fittings.

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