Murals, Overlap seams? or butt, HELP

Old 02-01-05, 06:19 AM
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Murals, Overlap seams? or butt, HELP

My Husband is about to hang a mural today and the directions say to overlap the seams, he is reluctant to do this with a mural, and wants to butt the seams, Does anyone know the proper way? I need an answer ASAP
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Old 02-01-05, 07:01 AM
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I've never hung a mural so I can't answer that question.
I do have a couple questions of my own.

1. The directions you refer to came with the mural?

2. What kind of prep work has been done?
Old 02-01-05, 07:22 AM
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Your question got my interest so I went to the first site I found and it states to overlap due to shrinking. I have included the link due to the fact that it also describes the prep work and paste. Good luck.

Just click on the link to view.
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It depends on the actual mural. The only way to get the image to pattern match may be to overlap the edges to find the match. I make/install murals all the time, and we always overlap and double-cut the vinyl for a virtually seamless installation. But thats how the image is printed, to be overlapped. Lay it out dry on the floor, and see if you can even find a match without overlapping. I doubt you will.
Old 02-01-05, 12:34 PM
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If it was bought over the internet, or at a big box store, (IE Scan Decor, Ideal, Environmental Graphics, Komar, Washington wallcoverings) then yes, these are made to be overlapped. Here is the best way to hang them:

These murals are easy to hang if you do the following:
A) Dispose of the instructions.
B) Dispose of the supplied adhesive.
C) Normal wall prep
D) Layout the panels dry and figure out pattern placement, and draw level
lines, one horizontally at the mid-seam level, and one vertically at the
edge of the first panels, upper and lower.
E) Paste the wall with a fairly light coat of clear adhesive.
F) Mist the back of the panel lightly with water, preferably with a
mini-sprayer, and book the panel without creasing it. roll it up like a newspaper. Make sure each panel is booked exactly the same amount of time.
G) Apply panel to wall.

At a chapter meeting last year, we determined that it was best to hang the
top panel first only on the first sheet, then lift the bottom edge and tuck
the lower panel under it to hide the raw edge. These murals are too
delicate to double cut, therefore they must be overlapped to achieve pattern
match. The lap is normally about 1/4". Once you get the first panel up,
proceed along the wall hanging the bottom panel then the top panel of each
sheet. Since you are pasting the wall and must allow for overlap when
pasting, it is important to clean thoroughly as you go, being sure to get
all adhesive off the surface. You can't over wipe the murals, as the
pattern will eventually abrade.

My normal time for installing these murals is about 2.5 hours for an 8 panel
mural, set-up to break-down. They are not difficult if you follow the
procedure above.

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