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WOOD WALL & CEILING PLANK INSTALLATION GUIDE


Architectural Radiance Wood Wall & Ceiling planks can be applied using one of several methods.  Before you begin, it's important to thoroughly read through these instructions to understand your options and choose the best installation method for your project.  At any time, don't heitate to reach out to us with questions; we're here to help!  We can't wait to see what you create!
 

Get Ready

 

ACCLIMATE YOUR MATERIAL

We recommend acclimating your planks for a minimum of 72 hours in the space where they will be installed.  You can leave them in the box, lying flat.

 

GATHER YOUR TOOLS

Tape Measure
Dust Mask
Level
Mounting Tools
Jigsaw
Safety Glasses
Pencil
Miter Saw or Miter Box
Cold Beverage of Your Choice

 

PREPARE YOUR SURFACE

It’s extremely important that you properly prepare your surface prior to application.  Ensure that your surface is smooth and that there is no loose or peeling paint or protruding nails.  If the surface has been recently painted, allow 3-4 days for the paint to dry completely. Before applying, clean your surface with warm soapy water and let dry thoroughly.

 

PRO TIP:  The rustic nature of our wall planks can result in small gaps where the back wall color may be visible. We recommend painting your surface a darker complimentary color  prior to application.

 

 

SELECT YOUR MOUNTING METHOD

Architectural Radiance wall planks may be attached to the wall using several methods. Care should be taken to determine which method will be best for your application. Every option will provide beautiful results, though they will require different tools and have different removal capabilities.

 

This option is the simplest to install, though it will become a permanent solution. You can expect wall damage should you decide to remove it in the future.

 

This option requires additional tools as well as identification of studs within your wall.  You can also expect wall damage with this application method due to the glue.

 

This option also requires additional tools as well as identification of studs within your wall, which will limit your available patterns. Nails are required to be placed within 8” from the end of each board; this may add to your overall waste factor. This option is typically removable with minimal damage to your wall.

 

Please read through the detailed installation instructions below for each method to determine the best application type for your project.

 

If you’re unsure which mounting method is best for your application, please don’t hestitate to contact us!

 

 

DETERMINE YOUR PATTERN

Now, we’re getting to the fun part! It’s time to select the pattern for your wall.  We’ve illustrated a few pattern ideas below, but the choices are limitless.  Find a clean, flat surface and lay out your pattern options to see what you like. Keep in mind, the more complex the pattern, the more difficult the project may become.

If needed, contact a local professional to assist with your project.
 

            

 

ESTABLISH YOUR STARTING LINE

Using your level, draw a straight pencil line across the entire area where you’ll be laying the boards. This will be your starting point, so double check that it’s level!

 

Installation - Peel & Stick

 

ADDITIONAL TOOLS NEEDED

J-Roller

 


 

LAY OUT YOUR DESIGN

We recommend laying out your design on a clean, flat surface before applying to your wall to minimize cuts and emphasize a random seam placement.  Use inconsistent sized planks as small filler pieces in a hidden area on your application surface.  Color variation adds to the depth and beauty of your item.

 

PREPARE YOUR FIRST PLANK

Select a full plank, and fully peel off the backer of one line of adhesive.  Partially peel off the backer of the second line of adhesive, being careful to leave about a quarter of the backer intact.  Allow the tail to hang out below the plank.



 

NOTE: If applying the tape to the back of your planks yourself, use a clean rag to wipe down the back of the plank. Cut adhesive tape 1/2" shorter than the board . Apply strips of tape 3/4" from the long edges of the board and press firmly.

 

 

 

 

PLACE YOUR FIRST PLANK

Finally, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! It’s time to place your first planks! Locate your starting line and align this first board to it, ensuring that the board remains level.  Keep the board angled away from the wall so you don’t adhere it to the wall prematurely.


When the board is in place and level, carefully flatten the plank to the wall to adhere. Pull off the adhesive backer tail at an angle to fully adhere the plank to the wall.

 

NOTE: The adhesive on our double-face tape is a high tack, permanent adhesive. This makes it difficult to remove or reposition. Please be careful when placing your planks!

 

 

 

CONTINUE PLACING PLANKS

Continue adding planks end-to-end along your starting reference line. Trim the end piece as needed with a miter saw for a flush fit. Check your finished row with a level.  


If your row is level, continue with each row until your project is complete.  If your row is slightly unlevel, correct for this when placing the adjacent rows.

 

PRO TIP: For a horizontal or vertical staggered pattern, we recommend staggering the boards a minimum of 8” as you apply adjacent rows. Avoid having seams fall directly above or below another seam.

 

 

APPLY PRESSURE

Use your J-Roller to apply pressure across the face of your boards.  Continue to utilize your J-Roller every few rows to ensure consistent adhesion.  If needed, contact a local professional to assist with your project.
 

KEEP IT GOING!

You're doing great!  Proceed to "Additional Details" section.

Installation - Nail & Glue

 

ADDITIONAL TOOLS NEEDED

Construction Adhesive
1.25" Nails
Hammer or Nail Gun
Stud Finder


 

FIND & MARK YOUR STUDS

Using a stud finder, locate and mark all of the studs in your wall.  Using a level, draw a verticle line along each stud.

 

LAY OUT YOUR DESIGN

We recommend laying out your design on a clean, flat surface before applying to your wall to minimize cuts and emphasize a random design.  Use inconsistent planks as small filler pieces or in a hidden area on your application surface. Color variation adds to the depth and beauty of your item.
 

PLACE YOUR FIRST PLANK

Finally, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! It’s time to place your first plank! Apply a liberal amount of constuction adhesive to the back of your plank before nailing. Carefully align your plank along your level starting reference line, then nail into your premarked studs.

 

PRO TIP: Nailing pattern is important! Nails should be no more than 8” from each end of the board. You will need two nails per stud: one spaced 3/4” from the top and one spaced 3/4” from the bottom Don’t skip studs!

 


 

CONTINUE PLACING PLANKS

Continue adding planks end-to-end along your starting reference line. Trim the end piece as needed with a miter saw for a flush fit. Check your finished row with a level.  


If your row is level, continue with each row until your project is complete.  If your row is slightly unlevel, correct for this when placing the adjacent rows.

 

PRO TIP: For a horizontal or vertical staggered pattern, we recommend staggering the boards a minimum of 8” as you apply adjacent rows. Avoid having seams fall directly above or below another seam.

 

 

 

KEEP IT GOING!

You're doing great!  Proceed to "Additional Details" section.

 

Installation - Nail

 

ADDITIONAL TOOLS NEEDED

1.25" Nails
Hammer or Nail Gun
Stud Finder


 

FIND & MARK YOUR STUDS

Using a stud finder, locate and mark all of the studs in your wall.  Using a level, draw a verticle line along each stud.

 

LAY OUT YOUR DESIGN

We recommend laying out your design on a clean, flat surface before applying to your wall to minimize cuts and emphasize a random design.  Use inconsistent planks as small filler pieces or in a hidden area on your application surface. Color variation adds to the depth and beauty of your item.
 

PLACE YOUR FIRST PLANK

Finally, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! It’s time to place your first plank!  Carefully align your plank along your level starting reference line, then nail into your premarked studs.

 

PRO TIP: Nailing pattern is important! Nails should be no more than 8” from each end of the board. You will need two nails per stud: one spaced 3/4” from the top and one spaced 3/4” from the bottom Don’t skip studs!

 


 

CONTINUE PLACING PLANKS

Continue adding planks end-to-end along your starting reference line. Trim the end piece as needed with a miter saw for a flush fit. Check your finished row with a level.  


If your row is level, continue with each row until your project is complete.  If your row is slightly unlevel, correct for this when placing the adjacent rows.

 

PRO TIP: For a horizontal or vertical staggered pattern, we recommend staggering the boards a minimum of 8” as you apply adjacent rows. Avoid having seams fall directly above or below another seam.

 

 

 

KEEP IT GOING!

You're doing great!  Proceed to "Additional Details" section.
 

Additional Details

 

 

MEASURE AND CUT FOR FIXTURES

If a cut out is needed to allow for an outlet, switch, light fixture, or other permanent fixture, measure the distance between the closest wall to the edge of the fixture.  Also measure the width and height of the fixture, allowing a small amount of clearance. Mark these measurements on the necessary plank(s) and carefully cut out with a jigsaw before applying to the all.  

 

PRO TIP: Longer fixture screws are available at your local hardware store. Using longer screws will allow the fixture cover to be flush to your new surface. Remember, always turn off power before removing or reattaching the covers and screws!

 

 

FINISH IT UP!

Keep going until your project is complete. For a polished look, we recommend using square edge trim.  You can create trim by cutting planks to the desired width to apply at surface edges. If desired, ready-made trim can be purchased from your local lumber store and stained in an appropriate color. 

Exposed cut lines or edges can also be finished by applying a watered-down stain or paint, in an appropriate color, with a rag.  This can be the same paint you used for the back wall.  Be sure to test this on a sample piece first!



YOU DID IT!

Congratulations on completing your project!  Now, pat yourself on the back for a job well done and enjoy your beautiful new wall.
 

Want to show off your work?  We love seeing what our customers create. Snap a picture of your project and share it with us for a chance to be featured on our Instagram.
 

Thank you so much for choosing Architectural Radiance!

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