Ensuring Your Decals Stick: Wall Preparation Guide
Dive into the transformative realm of self-adhesive wall decals with Tiny Walls. While they offer a splendid way to revamp your spaces, their effectiveness is tied closely to your wall's preparedness. Wall preparation is everything when it comes to the success of your decal installation.
Identifying Suitable Surfaces
Your decals seamlessly blend with:
Ensuring a successful decal application requires a smooth, dry, and flat surface. A key point to consider? Walls treated with certain 'washable' paints, those containing Teflon, or ones with low VOCs can present challenges for adherence.
While the following list highlights some of the more popular brands in Australia known for these types of paints, it's by no means exhaustive:
Dulux: A leading brand in Australia, Dulux has a range of eco-friendly and low-VOC paints.
Haymes Paint: An Australian family-owned brand offering environmentally-conscious paints.
Wattyl: Another significant brand in Australia, Wattyl too has a range of low-VOC paints.
British Paints: While not originally Australian, British Paints is quite prominent in the market and offers a range of sustainable paint products.
Porter's Paints: Known for its unique finishes and eco-friendly paints.
Taubmans: Offers low VOC paints and is widely available in Australia.
Wall Preparation: A Non-Negotiable Step
Uncertain about your wall's paint? Err on the side of caution. Adequate wall preparation can't be stressed enough.
Viponds Prep Coat: This is your go-to for optimal wall readiness. Crafted specifically to make walls decal-friendly, its transparent, matte nature also ensures renters can use it without hesitation. Shop Viponds here
Cosmetic Damages: Each space carries its own history - from initial paint to the application method. Consequently, cosmetic damages, although infrequent, can arise during decal application or removal. The remedy? A touch of sanding and a repaint.
New Paint Jobs: Patience pays. Ensure a waiting period of at least 30 days after painting before introducing Viponds or decals.
Not Toys, But Temptations: Decals, attractive as they are, aren't suitable for play. They pose a choking risk for children.
Smart Placement: To prevent easy removal by kids, place decals out of their grasp. A crucial tip: Avoid positioning them directly above a child's bed.
Safety First: Children and decals should be supervised. Remember, they are not play items and should remain inaccessible to young ones.
Addressing Damages: Occasional wall damages are a reality with any decal application. While they can be easily rectified, Tiny Walls will not cover damages caused by decal removal. This is particularly important when considering the unforeseeable nature of each wall's characteristics.
Important Notice from Tiny Walls: Preparation is key! If you have walls painted with washable, Teflon or similar treatments, it's imperative to prime them appropriately with Viponds Prep Coat. Failure to do so may result in decals not adhering correctly. Please understand that Tiny Walls will not be held liable for issues arising from inadequate wall preparation. No refunds will be provided for decals that fail to stick due to improper wall preparation. Ensure you use a suitable primer if in doubt.
Our products are at their best when applied to smooth, primed surfaces that have been painted with two coats of high-quality paint. It's important to avoid surfaces with aged or chipping paint that requires maintenance.
✓ Surfaces painted with Teflon or Wash and Wear paints may not provide the ideal adhesion for our products, as these paints contain additives that can affect adhesion. If you're uncertain about your wall's paint type, we can recommend a suitable primer that will ensure our products adhere well.
✓ While textured walls may be trendy, our products prefer a smooth surface. The adhesive isn't well-suited to bumpy surfaces, so it's best to opt for a sleek and even wall.
✓ Freshly painted walls need some time to settle. It's advisable to allow at least four weeks for the paint to fully cure and degas before applying our products. This helps prevent unwanted bubbles and ensures our wallpaper lasts longer on your walls.
✓ Before making a commitment, we recommend conducting a trial run with a sample. This way, you can confirm that our colours, quality, and adhesion are a perfect match for your walls. It's also an excellent way to determine if our products are the right fit for your space. Happy decorating!
Ever had a change of heart? No worries at all! Our products are designed with flexibility in mind. You can easily peel off and reapply our products if you decide on a new look. It's super forgiving and user-friendly, even if you scrunch or fold it. Just smooth it back onto your wall, and it's as good as new, without a hint of damage to your print. To keep it in top condition, be sure to retain the backing paper for storage, handle it with clean hands, and keep it away from dust.
Absolutely! Freshly painted walls need a little downtime to degas. To make sure your wallpaper adheres perfectly, we advise waiting four weeks after a paint job before installation. Rushing might cause your beautiful designs to lift off the wall or have issues bubbling, and we wouldn't want that!
If you're thinking about changing things again in the future, removing our decals is just as straightforward as installing it. Begin at the top of the decal and gently peel it downwards, almost folding it onto itself. It's essential to take your time – slow and steady is the way to go.
To prevent any damage to your wall or old, flaky paint from coming off, you might find it helpful to use a hairdryer to heat up the adhesive as you peel it off in a slow and gentle downward motion. This technique ensures that the decal stays as close to the wall as possible during removal. Your walls will appreciate the careful approach!
We know that many brands promise damage-free, renter-friendly products, and while we strive for that too, we also recognise that every wall and paint job is unique. In the real world, it's challenging to guarantee a one-size-fits-all solution for every surface. This is precisely why we believe in empowering you with the right information and tools to make the best decision for your specific situation.
Our samples allow you to test our products on your walls, giving you the confidence to make an informed decision that won't risk your rental deposit. While we'd love to promise you a 100% damage-free guarantee, we think it's more important to be honest and helpful. We stand by the quality of our products and their performance on suitable surfaces, but the final decision on suitability lies with you, the one who knows your walls best!
So go ahead, order a sample, see how it feels, and make your choice with confidence. We're here to support you every step of the way in transforming your space into something truly magical!
what our customers are saying
The perfect finishing touch!
We love our wall decals so much! I lacked so much vision on what I wanted but this really brought the finishing touches to our room! Beautiful quality and is very easy to put up! I highly recommend it! - Ebonie
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I love everything about our wallpaper. So beautiful, the colours pop and just bring my daughters play room to life! Was so easy to apply just took one person and 5 minutes of my time. Tiny walls were so easy to contact and get in touch with if I had any issues. Would definitely recommend! - Summah