1. WALL PREPARATION & STORAGE
To guarantee the best results it is important that walls are prepared and your Perfect Panelling has been stored correctly to prevent warping, bending or bowing.
To ensure your Perfect Panelling is properly bonded, it is important that all surfaces to which adhesive will be applied are clean and dry.
Panels can be bonded/fixed to most surfaces including tiles, concrete, plaster, plasterboard, and chipboard/ plywood walls providing they are sound. Please refer to our installation guide for details if you have rough, porous or unstable wall surfaces.
2. HANDLING AND CUTTING
Safety First: We always recommend that you wear appropriate protective equipment and safety glasses when cutting panels.
Fine tooth blade hand saw
Drill and screwdriver
Before cutting any Perfect Panelling it is important to measure and mark your required cutting line in pencil, and don’t forget ‘measure twice and cut once!’
Once you are happy with the size and straightness of your line, cut using a fine-tooth blade hand-saw keeping the decorative face up.
When measuring distance from walls, or passed shower enclosures, allowances should be made for the thickness of PVC profiles and the space between walls and profiles, please refer to our installation guide for individual profile measurements.
3. FIXING PANELS AND ADHESIVES
Tongue and groove panels can be bonded to the wall with high-grab adhesive, we recommend 'Fix All' High-Tach Adhesive & Sealant which is available to order from our showroom at the same time as your Perfect Panelling.
To maintain continuity of the tongue and groove panelling, always start in a corner and using the correct profile, bond the first panel to the wall or frame, with the grooved edge first and apply masking tape to the two meeting edges of the decorative face to protect the surface. Apply a narrow bead (2-3mm) of silicone sealant to the front shoulder of the tongue. Note – using too much silicone sealant will affect the tightness of the joint. Using too little may affect water-tightness. And don’t forget - when fitting panels into corner and end cap profiles, the protruding tongued or grooved edge should be cut off.
Angle the tongue of the next panel into the groove of the fixed panel. Continue this process for each wall board until you reach the opposite corner and repeat for each wall.
Finally, finish the installation by applying a bead of silicone to the join between the panelling and the shower tray, to form a water tight seal between the bottom edge and the shower tray itself.
Remove the masking tape and ensure any excess silicone sealant is wiped from the decorative face immediately. Excess silicone may cause staining or an undesirable finish.
Once installed, your Perfect Panelling requires minimal maintenance. Panels should be wiped clean with a soft cloth or sponge, using a mild, non-abrasive detergent.