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Hygienic PVC wall cladding installation guide

Preparation

Prepare the walls so there is no dust, moisture/damps or indentations.You may have decided not to use any base trims and simply silicone the bottom of the sheets after installation.

If you are using trims you will need to follow the below: Using pins, screws, hammer fixings or adhesive, Install either your: “J” edging/starter/capping trim to the bottom of the wall so that it sits on the floor. Check how level the floor is as you may have to cut your sheets to suit, although you do get a bit of room to manoeuvre within the “J”.

Measure out the desired area to be cladded and mark out on your wall where each sheet will start and finish. If you are cladding up to or around corners, check how level the walls are as you may have to scribe and cut your sheets to suit.

Measure twice cut once!! With your sheet laid out on a workbench, mark out your dimensions. Then, using either use a decent pair of aviator snips or a jigsaw with a fine PVC cutting blade, carefully and slowly cut along your marked lines. Always peel back the film a little bit all around the sheet to prevent it getting trapped in the profiles.

Installation

Once your first sheet is cut, present it to the desired area and double check that it will fit correctly. If so, it’s time to glue. The following instructions are for single part glue:

The adhesive needs to be applied generously to the first marked out section on the wall. Firstly, apply a perimeter bead of adhesive around your marked out sheet dimensions then, apply diagonal lines of adhesive approximately 400mm long with 50mm gaps, after each row alternate the direction of the lines. You should be using approximately 1200 ml of adhesive per a 8’x4’ sheet and 1500 ml per a 10’x4’ sheet.

If you are using two part adhesive then:
Lay your cut sheet on a workbench (A 6.5kg tub covers a 1.22mt x 2.44mt sheet). Add solution A to B, then using a mixing paddle with a drill, mix them together. Then spread the mixture evenly over the back of the sheet using a notched trowel. Once the even coat has been applied, the sheet can be installed. (Make sure you fit the bonded sheet immediately as the 2 part adhesive does dry quickly).

Now it’s time to install your first sheet, if you are using a “J” section it is advisable to get another person to help you. One person should guide the sheet into the “J” section (if this is problematic then two wallpaper scrapers are handy) whilst the other person holds the sheet just off the wall but correctly aligned.

Once the sheet is inside the “J” section you can now press the sheet against the wall starting from the bottom and working your way up to the top. Once the sheet has gripped and you are confident it’s correctly aligned, use a roller to roll or rubber mallet (white rubber mallet preferably) to smooth the sheet at every point so you spread the adhesive, giving you a full surface bond.

You now need to install your one or two part “H” joining strip/division bar. Besides from applying the correct amount of adhesive, the most crucial part of installation is leaving an expansion gap of 2-3mm in between where your sheet meets the “H”. This is because PVC materials can expand or contract by 1mm per each 10°C change in temperature. If you do not leave an expansion gap and the temperature rises, then the sheet will buckle and billow out at the joins.

If you have cut your sheets down, you will need to cut your “H” to suit. Run a small bead of adhesive down the back of backing part of the “H” and slide it behind your first sheet. Using a small off cut of sheet; slide it up and down in between the sheet and “H” to give you your expansion gap. If using a two part “H” you will need to leave the lid until the end so you can see your expansion gaps. Repeat the above processes until you meet a corner.

Corners

We supply two types of corners, the 50mm x 50mm internal/external corners are only available in white, the small internal and external F corners are available in all colours.

White trims

50mm x 50mm internal or external corners. These are a simple and effective method of cornering as your sheet cuts don’t have to be completely accurate as you have 50mm either side of the corner to cover the sheets. These corners can simply be cut (if necessary) and stuck on with two generous beads of adhesive.

Colour match and white trims

Small internal corners and external “F” corners. These are a smaller profile than the 50x50 corner. Once you have cladded the wall and reached a corner, whether it be internal or external, the next sheet to go onto the other part of the corner will have one of these corner profiles clipped on to it. If necessary, cut the profile to size, and clip it onto your next sheet. Finally run a thin bead of adhesive down the other corner sheet which this sheet will butt up to and install.

Finishing

You may not need to clad all the way along one wall, therefore you will have to terminate the sheets half or two thirds the way down a wall. If so, a vertical “J” cut to size and clipped onto the last sheet with a small bead of adhesive behind is perfect.

Trim all your “H” fronts to size and clip and press them firmly onto your previously installed “H” backs.

Now, remove all the film from the sheets and wipe off any dirt or adhesive.

You may find gaps in places e.g. where the profiles meet the sheets or where the sheets meet the ceiling. Therefore, using a colour match silicone, run a small bead up or down the area, then spray some soapy water over the area and wipe off any residue with your finger.

Helpful information

Product NameTypeColorSizesImages
Capping strip/ J section/ Starter trim/ Edging trim One part White 8ft and 10ft
Capping strip/ J section/ Starter trim/ Edging trim Two part White and colour match
lids, all come with a white base
10ft - white, gloss colours
and pastel colours. 8ft - white and pastel colours
Division bar/ H section/ Joining strip One part White 8ft and 10ft
Division bar/ H section/ Joining strip Two part White and colour match
lids, all come with a white base
10ft - white, gloss colours
and pastel colours.
8ft - white and pastel colours
50mm x 50mm
internal corner
One part White 8ft and 10ft
50mm x 50mm
internal corner
One part White 8ft and 10ft
Small inside corner One part White and colour match 10ft - white, gloss colours
and pastel colours.
8ft - white and pastel colours
External F Section One part White and colour match 10ft - white, gloss colours
and pastel colours.
8ft - white and pastel colours
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