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How to Install - Wallpaper Wall Murals

Before You Start
-Fully inspect each mural panel for possible defects.

-It's easier if the mural is installed by at least two people.

-Do not trim panels before installation.

-Each mural panel has a 0.5" overlap.

-Be sure to properly prep the wall.

Materials Needed:
  • Wallcovering Paste
  • ½" Nap Paint Roller
  • Sharp Cutting Tool
  • Ladder
  • Damp Sponge
  • Smoothing Brush/Tool
  • Straight Edge
Step 1  - Prepare Your Wall
Start with a smooth, clean, and dry surface prior to installing. The ideal surface will have at least two coats of flat latex paint and any remnants of a previous wallcovering removed. A primer sealer should be used on unpainted drywall or glossy painted walls, use: Professional Ultra Prime (PRO-977), Golden Harvest White Bite, or Allpro Ultra Prep 685

Fill in any cracks or holes, sand and paint if necessary. For textured walls, cinderblock, paneling, or cement apply a liner paper then paint with two coatings of water based latex paint. The mural will not hide flaws in the wall.

Peel and Stick Mural Installation - Step 1
Step 2 - Make Guideline - Paste Recommendations
You may want to first make a level guideline on the wall as you would when hanging a picture frame or poster. Use this as a starting point for the first panel. 

We recommend using a clear wallcovering adhesive such as Professional Ultra Premium Heavy Duty Clear Strippable (PRO-880), Golden Harvest GH-34 Clear Strippable, or Allpro Pro-Duty 3400. These pastes provide good adhesion and allow for easier stripping when the wallcovering is to be removed. A paint roller works best for applying the paste.

Wallpaper Mural Installation - Step 2
Step 3  - Apply Paste to First Panel
Lay the first panel on a clean flat surface and evenly apply paste to backside using a ½" nap paint roller. Take care to cover the entire surface of the panel, especially the edges.

Allow the panel to "book" for 10 minutes. "Book" the panel by folding opposite edges into the center (paste to paste). Be careful not to crease the folds. This allows the wet panel to expand prior to hanging on the wall.

Keep "book" time consistent with each panel to ensure a proper match between panels.

Wallpaper Mural Installation - Step 3
Step 4  - Applying First Panel to Wall
Place the first panel in desired position against the wall starting at the top. Once in place gently press it against the wall and stroke downwards with your smoothing brush. Start at the center of the panel working toward the edges. Smooth all wrinkles and bubbles outward with your brush until they are removed.

When positioning take care not to stretch the panel. Only light brush strokes are necessary when smoothing out the panel, do not apply too much pressure.

Wallpaper Mural Installation - Step 4
Step 5  - Applying Additional Panels
Apply paste to the second panel and "book" for 10 minutes as you did with the first panel.

The second panel is installed by aligning it with the first, each panel has approximately 1/2 an inch of overlap to make lining things up easier. Repeat the previous steps for each mural panel. Each panel is numbered on the back and a panel guide is included with the mural.

Wallpaper Mural Installation - Step 5
Step 6  - (Optional) Double-cut Overlapping Seams
For a more refined look with less prominent seams you can trim off the excess material that overlaps each panel. This procedure must be done while panels are still wet.

Starting at the top place a straight edge in the middle of where the two panels overlap. Using a sharp razor blade make a single cut through both layers of the overlap. Peel away the outer strip of excess material. Then lift the edge of the panel and remove the remaining excess material from underneath.

Smooth the panels back into place so the edges now butt together.

Peel and Stick Mural Installation - Step 5
Above: Double-cut Seam

Wallpaper Mural Installation - Step 6
Step 7  -  Send Us a Picture
We would love to see an image of your installed mural. Feel free to take some photos and e-mail them to: contact@worldmapsonline.com