How to Install Brick Interior Paneling How to Install Brick Interior Paneling
Interior paneling is a way of protecting interior walls as well as cosmetically enhancing the design of a home. Brick paneling looks like genuine brick. Some examples are actually made from the same material but they are a slimmed down version, attached as paneling. Others are made from a faux material, designed to emulate the appearance of brick, while being made from Styrofoam or plastic.
Step 1 – Preparation
Prepare the walls correctly before proceeding with the installation of the brick paneling. How you prepare the walls will have a direct effect on how long the paneling will stay on the wall and the quality of the work you do beforehand. Remove all paint, wallpaper, nails and dents from the wall. Fill any holes and make sure they are flush and not bumpy.
Step 2 – The Walls
Brush the walls with a dry brush or wire brush to get rid of dust and particles. Wash the walls with a damp cloth to get rid of any excess debris, dust, plaster or loose ends that have been left by the preparation process. Make sure the walls are smooth and dry.
Step 3 – Measuring the Paneling
Measure the height and width of the paneling and then measure the walls to decide how many whole panels will fit along each wall. Mark the center of each wall with a vertical line and lay one piece of paneling against the left side of the line and the right side. This dry run will indicate whether you will have a whole panel left over at the end of each corner or whether you need to cut down the panel.
Step 4 – Cutting the Panel Pieces
Cut the measured panel pieces to the height required using the circular saw. For real brick you will require a wet saw with a masonry blade. Cut around shaped edges using a jigsaw to carve out the correct shape.
Step 5 – Adhering the Paneling
Cut each panel to size and mark them all if necessary, so you know which goes where on the walls. Stick the adhesive to the wall with a serrated trowel and press the first piece of panel against the adhesive. Use the wooden roller up and down the paneling to press it against the adhesive and ensure a good purchase.
Step 6 – Pinning the Paneling
Pin the corners of the brick paneling with panel pins. This may not be necessary or possible, if your brick paneling is made from anything other than plastic or Styrofoam. Pin the corners and at regular intervals up each edge. Hide the pins wherever possible to eliminate their visibility.
Step 7 – Finishing
Wipe down the paneling with a clean damp cloth, to get rid of any excess adhesive. Brush away any debris.