Finishing Layer and Protection
Plate protection and full waterproofing of the digital prints are performed manually by spreading a bi-component self-leveling EPOXY RESIN that is solvent-free and ready to use by simply mixing the base.
The client can choose between 2 types of finishing in order to have either a GLOSSY or a MATTE effect; both will protect the panel over time as well as consolidate the art layer underneath.
The main characteristics of this finishing are as follows: surface that does not yellow over time, that is waterproof, solvent-free and therefore non-toxic.
The panels are available in 5 different finishes: Flat, Moon, Brush Strokes, Bubbles and Minerals.
The surface where the artwork will be installed must be flat and free of bumps, lumps, and relief. It is necessary to make sure that the surfaces to be glued are clean, dry and degreased. For gluing wood, wood moisture must not exceed 15%.
In the case of gluing on metals, the oxidized surface layers must be removed (through sanding and then washing using a degreasing solvent such as acetone).
It is necessary to sand the fiberglass surfaces or very smooth surfaces with sandpaper.
When used in moist locations with walls in plasterboard, gypsum plasters, cement plasters or marine plywood, we recommend first to waterproof the surface with an easy to find product, such as the WPS MAPEGUM by MAPEI or similar.
To glue the panels is necessary the use of skilled workers, such as tile, marble and mosaic professional installers. We suggest the use of single component polyurethane adhesive products that are both moisture and thermal stress resistant.
As a guideline, the use of a quality products suitable for this purpose and easily available in all countries are: Liquid Nails - Bostik - Trade Fix - Simson - Den Braven or KERALASTIC T flexible setting compound manufactured by MAPEI (in the USA market the product name is PLANICRETE W) or any equivalent.
The adhesive must be spread evenly on the wall using a toothed spatula.
The artwork can be applied locking it by applying pressure with the palm of the hand.
Drilling and Adjusting on site
The panels can be easily cut at the job site following these instructions:
- small and simple cuts can be done using a regular cutter; you will only need to trace a line then follow it with the blade a few times.
We normally advise the use of a professional metal ruler and blue tape to prevent scratching the resin on the panel (see picture).
Given the fact that the panels are made of a flexible material it will be easy to cut them as the pieces will separate after cutting by simply bending the 2 parts (see picture).
- bigger cuts can be done using professional machinery such as the CNC ROUTER-PANEL SAW WALL SYSTEM or even better using a TABLE SAW with a specific fine tooth laminate grade blade to prevent chipping of the resin.
We always advise to make all cuts on the back of the panels to prevent resin from chipping or peeling.
- for round cuts such as the ones needed to install shower fixtures or any other hole that needs to be made in order to install lights or pipes, we advise the use of a hole saw for metals or a regular drill that will allow you to make several small holes so that the resin will not chip or break (see picture).
Maintenance and Cleaning
The surface of the panel does not require special maintenance.
The resin treatment makes the surface resistant to stress, wear and tear; however, for regular cleaning we recommend cleaning products that are free from abrasives substances in order to prevent surface scratching. There are many standard detergents on the market that are suitable for this use like Viakal, Jif, Viss or Cif Soft Cream or Bathroom mousse; also any glass product is ideal for daily cleaning.
We do not recommend the use of bleach and thinners.
To obtain a beautiful finish, we recommend using a microfiber cloth with spray cleaner Menzerna “Top Inspection”, Meguiars “Final Touch”.
After a couple of months, we recommend you to treat/process the panel with a wax or polish.
When polishing, we recommend you use two polishing compounds with a circular polisher in the following order: WHITE Meguiars Ultra-Cut Compound 105 or GRAY 3M ‘Perfect It’ Machine Polish 06064.