Wall Graphics are beautiful — when they work. A wall graphic not only changes the inside or outside appearance of a building, it can change the entire atmosphere — if it’s done right. Before you consider installing a wall graphic, you should determine the following:
What Do I Need To Know About My Wall?
1. Substrate — the support surface
• Wall board
• Brick, masonry, stucco
2. Application Surface – the vinyl graphic application surface
• Paint, varnish
3. Surface Texture – the variation in surface height
• Smooth – little surface difference
• Medium – highs and lows of equal distance
• Heavy – irregular or extreme highs and lows.
4. Surface Condition – the overall condition of the substrate and application surface
• Unsound or damaged surfaces
• Oily or dusty surfaces
• Moisture behind the substrate
• Car exhaust damage
• Poor paint bond
• Vinyl (vinyl does not adhere well to vinyl)
How Can This Be Determined?
Use a wall test kit. 3M and other vinyl adhesive manufacturers offer these kits. Conduct a paint adhesion test. Once again, 3M and others offer this test. Assess substrate condition and repair all surface damage before applying. The best advice we can offer is to hire a qualified graphics provider to determine this for you.
At TKO Graphix, we use tested and proven 3M and Avery materials. Our tenured on-staff consultants will be happy to inspect your walls, determine their condition, and offer solutions. Just let us know.