Forna Peel & Stick Cork Wall Panel Installation Guide:
Tools and supplies needed:
- Protective eyewear or safety goggles
- Measuring tape
- Straightedge or Speed Square®
- File or sandpaper
- Miter box (manual or powered)
- Jig saw (if cutting for power or light receptacles)
- Level (2′ to 4′)
- Caulk gun and adhesive (if using method 2)
- Latex Primer such as Zinsser®or KILZ® (or similar products) and paint roller or brush (if using method 1)(most primer will take about 7 days to dry, we recommended method 2)
Before you begin – Read this installation guideline in its entirety before you start.
If you have doubts about doing this installation, please contact a Forna representative for further information.
Installing Forna Peel & Stick Cork tiles is a simple, electrifying project that will add instant style and glamour to your home. Have fun with this project. It’s easy enough to do as a DIY project and will look great once done!
As with all real wood products, Forna Peel & Stick Cork Wall Tiles will react to the climate in your home, to seasonal humidity changes and to prolonged exposure to the sun. So we highly endorse the following preparations to ensure your project is completed satisfactorily.
- Remove all panels from the original packaging. Let them acclimate to the space or room to be installed for at least 48-72 hours before you begin install.
- Due to manufacturing variations, Forna Cork cannot guarantee an exact color match from lot to lot. Prior to installing tiles to your wall, please unpackage and lay out all product then sort to the variations you find pleasing. If you encounter unreasonable color variation, please give us a call at 1-877-998-1198 (9am-5pm M-F PST) so that we may assist you with your project.
- Do you intend to install from the floor to ceiling? If yes, then you must leave an extension gap of ¼-inch at both the very top and bottom edges.
- Ensure all HVAC systems are turned on and are controlling site temperature and humidity. The area or room to receive Forna Peel & Stick Tiles must be properly conditioned at normal occupancy temperature (60-70ºF), and humidity levels (35-55% humidity). These conditions must be maintained for a minimum of 72 hours prior to installation as well as during and continuously following installation. Do not install in areas subject to extreme moisture fluctuations, such as the bathroom.
- Once you have completed the installation, all Forna Peel & Stick Walling must be sealed with 1 coat of Loba 2K Supra AT water-based polyurethane.
PROPER SURFACE PREPARATION IS ESSENTIAL FOR A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT
Failure to follow recommended surface preparation instructions may void the warranty. Forna Cork Flooring and its affiliate distributor companies are not responsible or liable for any labor costs or damaged product incurred as a result of improper installation. All product defects are covered under our 5-year limited warranty.
The adhesive on the back side of the Forna Peal & Stick cork tiles is engineered to stick to flat, smooth walls that have been properly primered. Allow the tiles and substrate/walls to come to room temperature (65°F to 85°F) before installation.
Proper wall preparation is required. Forna Peel & Stick panels can be installed over most structurally-sound substrates if they are clean, flat, smooth, dry and free of dust, wax, soap scum and grease. Acceptable substrates are drywall, plaster or clean, smooth tile (glazed, porcelain-type tile; not porous or textured). Any damaged, loose or uneven areas must be repaired, patched, leveled and primed. Fill cracks and irregularities with wallboard compound or spackling, then sand smooth with fine-grade sandpaper.
The adhesive on the back side of the Peel & Stick tile is engineered to be aggressive and pressure-sensitive.
The substrate to which you are applying Forna Peel & Stick tiles must be primed with a fresh coat of latex primer such as Zinsser® or KILZ® (or similar products). Do not use ‘paint & primer in one’ products, as the ingredients used in these types of products can cause adhesion failure. As such, be sure to use a stand-alone primer. (See below for Method 2 if you prefer not to prime the surface.) If you wish to hide any gaps, Forna recommends that you tint the primer a dark brown or black color before priming the area to be covered. Consult with the paint desk agent(s) at your local home/hardware center. Often, they can add and mix the primer tint for you.
Make sure that the primer is thoroughly dry before you install Forna Peel & Stick tiles. Most primers will take about 7 days to dry.
If you do not intend to prepare; sand and prime the surface, then it is advised that an additional adhesive be used. We recommend a high-quality polyurethane construction adhesive be applied to the back of each tile. Remove the release film on the back of each tile before applying additional adhesive. Apply pea-sized dots of adhesive to the back of a full tile (see picture). Be sure to keep the adhesive a half-inch from the edges. Firmly press the tiles into place. Wipe away any adhesive that squeezes out around the tile edges before it dries.
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Method 2 – Using high-quality polyurethane construction adhesive
Measure the first area to be covered by Forna Peel & Stick Cork Tiles. We recommend you lay out the entire project on a flat surface, like a table or floor before adhering to the substrate. As you lay out tiles, make sure tile colors (which vary slightly as all woods do) and seams are to your liking. This will ensure that you have enough tiles for your design and the desired layout. This will also give you a good visual reference as to how the tiles will look on your wall.
Be sure to plan for cutouts, corners or edge treatments before applying tiles. Tile edge seams will be more visible if they are not aligned properly. On successive rows, we recommend using a random staggered pattern.
Beginning from inside corner on left, place the first tile.
Now it’s time to have some fun. Be sure the substrate is clean and dry. Remove the adhesive liner from the back of the tile. *Remember to check – the first tile and all other tiles that abut an inside or outside corner will need to have the overlap notch cut away so there is a straight edge. So be sure to do this before you remove the liner of these tiles. Use a miter saw to cut the notch and create a straight edge. You can also file or sand the cut edge smooth.
Working from lower right to left, make sure the overlap notch is always in the upper left position. Each successive tile for the row should connect together and overlap properly.
*NOTE: Do not apply pressure to the tile until you are sure of your placement. If alignment is true, apply pressure to the whole tile. The adhesive will not allow for repositioning after the tile has been pressed into place. If the tile is affixed but not aligned properly, see the Removing Tiles section, below.
Once you have completed the tile installation, 1 coat of Loba 2K Supra AT polyurethane must be applied to cork surface.
A manual or powered miter saw is the recommended cutting tool for use on Forna Peel & Stick Cork Wall tiles. Use a jigsaw for cutting notches or other more intricate cutouts such as an electrical outlet. Leave the adhesive liner on tiles for measuring, drawing lines and cutting. Measure and layout on a tile where the cut should be made and cut the tile. Take the cut tile (adhesive liner still on tile) to the installation space and place it in its intended location. Check to see if fit is correct.
Follow these steps, piece by piece, on all remaining end or edge tiles. Do not cut tiles all at once. Cut as needed as you go.
When each tile is installed to your satisfaction, press each again firmly with your hand. This will ensure that the adhesive bonds to the substrate.
To cut tiles for electrical receptacles or other cutouts that occur within a single tile, first mark on the tile face the area to be removed.
Measure and mark the area to be removed approximately the size of the outlet box. Do not allow the tile to touch the receptacle itself. Use a jigsaw for cutting out around receptacles.
*NOTE: When working around any electrical outlet, be sure to turn the power off at your fuse box.
A powered miter saw is recommended for straight cuts.
A table saw can be used for straight cuts.
Adhering small pieces
Use tube adhesive for small cut pieces of Forna cork tiles that are less than 4 inches by 4 inches.
If a tile needs to be removed, apply heat with a hair dryer to soften the adhesive. Using a putty knife on the back side (contact side), slowly apply outward pressure to release or peel the tile from the wall. As the adhesive is engineered to not be removed, caution should be taken to not damage the wall. Any removed tiles may be unusable.
Care after installation
Forna Peel & Stick Cork Wall panels can be cleaned, if necessary, using a soft hand duster or the brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner. Gently run these over the cork surface. Do not use overly firm pressure.
*NOTE: Do not attach any objects to cork surface, such as picture frames, shelves, or other ornamental apparatus. Do not puncture cork surface. Forna Peel & Stick Cork Walling is meant for decorative purposes only.
Many types of edging trims can be found at your local home building or hardware center. If you do not find a trim that suits your décor, a wood trim can be stained to a color of your choice.