Prepare your walls for Stikwood
Stikwood adhesive permanently adheres to a wide variety of primed or painted surfaces. If in doubt contact us for application assistance.
The surface must be clean, dry, structurally sound and primed or painted.
The surface must be flat to within 1/2" over 48". Stikwood's flexibility will allow it to conform to most wall surfaces. Special consideration should be taken in cases where the surface is excessively uneven.
Special consideration should be taken in areas with high moisture like bathrooms.
- Strip off flexible coverings such as wallpaper and scrape away loose paint.
- Remove nails or anything protruding from the surface.
- Clean the surface to remove any loose dirt and dust.
Remove wall plates and save for reattachment after stikwood is installed.
If the surface has been recently painted be sure to wait until the surface is completely dry before installation. This can take a couple of days depending on the climate. We recommend at least 72 hours. Stikwood is to be used in fully climatized interior applications only.
Acclimate Stikwood in the space it will be installed for 72 hours prior to installation.
Stikwood is best installed at room temperature.
Stikwood should NOT be installed at a temperature below 55 degrees Fahrenheit and on a surface with MORE THAN 8% moisture. For best results maintain relative humidity between 35% and 55% after installation.
*NOTE Stikwood is 100% real wood and wood and water don't mix well.
Working with Peel & Stik Thinplank
Stikwood is solid wood reclaimed thinplank with a peel & stik installation system. Stikwood takes on the structure of its mounting surface. Prior to installation Stikwood thinplank is flexible and can crack and split if handled too aggressively. Stikwood has been preprocessed at the factory and in most cases can be installed right out of the package. When required. Cut Stikwood to fit using typical woodworking tools prior to removing the adhesive liner. Always test fit Stikwood prior to removing the adhesive liner.
Stikwood has naturally occurring characteristics including but not limited to color variation, open knots, splits, nail holes, saw marks, wane and varying surface textures. These characteristics are a desired result of the aging of a natural material. If a specific characteristic is not desired it can simply be cut out prior to installation.
For best results keep the following in mind.
- Keep a selection of planks available to choose from while installing.
- Consider the length and surface characteristics of adjacent planks while installing Stikwood.
- Mix color, surface and length variations to create a consistently varying pattern.
- Stagger end joints at least 6” from row to row
Once satisfied with the selection and fit of the Stikwood thinplank install as follows.
- Remove paper adhesive liner. Avoid touching the adhesive surface. Avoid getting the adhesive surface dirty or wet.
- Align one edge along the guideline or adjacent row keeping the Stikwood thinplank at an angle to avoid sticking to the wall.
- Check the end alignment of the Stikwood thinplank. Adjust as necessary.
- Gently press the Stikwood thinplank to the wall. It takes very little pressure for the Stikwood thinplank to stay in place.
- Check the position and when satisfied with the placement press the surface of the Stikwood thinplank to more permanently attach it to the wall.
- Aggressively apply pressure to the Stikwood thinplank surface with a 3” wide rubber roller. Pay special attention to the edges and ends.
Design your pattern
The pattern options available when installing stikwood are virtually endless. However, there are two basic patterns:A "Horizontal random plank" pattern is the most common. The pattern consists of stikwood planks installed end to end horizontal to the floor in random lengths.
Draw your reference line
Start your reference row
Continue your reference row
Finish your reference row
Finish your wall
Continue to add planks working end to end keeping the joints staggered until the wall is complete. Trim the planks as required to fit against adjacent surfaces.
Enjoy your new stikwood wall
WARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products generates wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Use a respirator or other safeguards to avoid inhaling wood dust.
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