Our All-time Top Wallcovering Prep, Print & Installation Tips

Any time you’re covering a wall floor-to-ceiling it’s a big job. But with some insider tips and the right products for the job, you can break it down into a manageable task. Here are some of our all-time, most helpful tricks and tips for seamless, professional wallcovering printing and installation:

Do Your Pre-Work: Before you can even think about hitting “go” on your printer, be sure you’ve got your site under control. These means doing a site visit ahead of time, testing the wall surface and taking photos and wall measurements (here’s a handy app, Photo Measures, that makes that job easier). Once that’s under control, you can begin creating tiles that you’ll print. Check out the video on this blog for more pre-printing tips and how to set up your tile files.

Know When to Go Short-Term: This isn’t your grandma’s wall paper, and chances are your clients won’t be planning to leave it on the wall for the next 30 years. There are so many options on the market today for short- to long-term wall murals for a multitude of applications. For a low-cost, temporary solution that can be cleanly removed, there’s no better option than LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric. It’s available for aqueous– and solvent-compatible technologies. Check out this video to learn how we covered a 26-foot wall for less than $2 per square foot.

Understand the Big Picture: If you’re using photography for a customized wallcovering, the photo itself needs to be technically correct to work when it’s printed in a larger-than-life size. We got all the insider tips on photographing for wide-format printing from pro photographer, Billy Elkins. Check out this airport wall mural installation project that he created images for … and all the background on how he made it come out just right.

HP PVC-free Wall PaperMeet Your Client’s Environmental Needs: If you’ve been asked to cover a wall in a sensitive environment like a school or a healthcare facility, the best option for the job is Type II compliant HP PVC-free Durable Wall Paper in Smooth or Suede. This line of wallcovering is engineered to be used with HP latex inks and don’t require top coats to maintain Type II compliance. Unlike some solvent options, this latex-compatible option doesn’t put off odors or fumes that must be degassed before installation. It also meets FSC- and UL GREENGUARD GOLD standards, so it helps designers achieve LEED certification. And because it’s pre-pasted with adhesive, it goes up easily with little more than a water bottle and a sponge. Check out this video to learn how.

Create a Beautiful Finish: Just because it’s made from a digital print and maybe it won’t be installed for decades doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Our line of customizable wallcoverings, LexJet Premium WallPro™ comes in a variety of elegant finishes to create one-of-a-kind, eye-catching walls. The Premium WallPro line includes a variety of finishes, such as smooth, gold or silver metallic, mylar and linen textures that work beautifully in any residential or commercial space with contemporary or traditional décor.

If you’re looking for more tips on creating unique wallcoverings for your customers, give one of our LexJet pros a call at 800-453-9538.

Get into Digital Wall Décor with Avery Dennison and LexJet

Designers, agencies, architects, businesses and DIY enthusiasts are following the personalization trend to create stunning, stylish and custom interior spaces. Take advantage of the growth and opportunity in digital décor printing with Avery Dennison Wall Films.

These wallcoverings carry the Avery assurance of quality and offer a variety of textures including canvas, stone and natural stucco. They have a unique liner that makes installation a snap. There is no need for primer, and the films provide complete opacity and coverage. 

Choose from:

Experience reliable print performance with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV curable inks.

We are here to assist you in profiting from the Avery Dennison Wall Film Series with marketing and technical support. For more information, free samples, or to order, give us a call at 800-453-9538.  Our LexJet printer specialists are here to help.

5 Printing Trends to Watch in 2018

Welcome to 2018! As we begin the new year, we take a look at what’s hot now in wide-format printing and what’s going to gain traction in the coming months. Our team provided insight on what they see as the growing trends for 2018, so we can help you be prepared with the media and equipment you need to meet your customers’ evolving demands.

1. Digital Keeps Growing: During the past two decades, we were at the forefront as digital took the lead in the graphics, photography and signage markets. Now, we’re watching digital printing make new inroads in industries that range from décor to flexible packaging. In the same way digital printing made signage faster and more customized than technologies of the past, we’re going to see that advantage work for short-run, super customized, more quickly produced fabrics for applications such as signage, upholstery, drapery, bedding, accessories, fast fashion and much more.

Kornit Allegro roll-to-roll digital fabric printing system

Because digital allows a file to print directly to a substrate without expensive plate setup, short- or even micro-runs are a whole new possibility for fabric, specifically. With these shorter run possibilities, we anticipate more fabric printing here in the U.S., rather than mass production off-shore that equates to tons of inventory on shelves here. One-off digital printing means your customers no longer need to stock all that inventory from overseas.

Video Tip: Easy Pre-Pasted Wall Paper Install and Removal

What if we told you there was a wall paper that you could apply with the aid of a squirt bottle – no glue and no water troughs necessary? HP has created its PVC-free Wall Paper that not only makes installation and removal a breeze, it’s also a great choice for high-traffic and sensitive areas, like hospitals or schools.

Check out the video above to see how easy it is to prep your printed panels and install them using just these tools:

  • Damp sponge
  • Spray bottle with room-temperature water
  • Razor knife with fresh blades
  • Squeegee
  • Metal puddy knife

The video covers preparing the wall and panels with room-temperature water, position and secure the panels in place and trim the excess as needed. You’ll also learn how to remove the wall paper without damaging the wall beneath it.

HP PVC-free Wall Paper is an odor-free, PVC-free alternative to wallcovering that is flame-resistant and provides vivid color and high-definition detail, ideal for wall murals. Not only is it mold- and mildew-resistant, it has multiple environmental assurances including FSC® and UL GREENGUARD certifications and it meets AgBB criteria making it safe for use in homes, hospitals, schools and public buildings.

Available at LexJet, this product is manufactured with two finishes: HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper and HP PVC-free Durable Suede Wall Paper.

For more décor tips and tricks, call a LexJet representative at 800-453-9538.

March Offer: Pick 3 HP Media Rolls & Get 1 of Them Free

Starting this Wednesday, choose three rolls from a select list of eligible HP large format media products, and you’ll get a check by mail for the price of the least expensive roll.

You’ll find a wide variety of products that you use every day, including:

Stock up now and be ready for your next retail, event, decor or trade show project. Limit two rebates per customer/address. To get all the details and terms and conditions, and to request your rebate, go HERE.

To be eligible, all products must be purchased together on one receipt. Allow six to eight weeks for delivery of your rebate check.

Monday Only: Save 30% on Select LexJet WallPro™ by York

LexJet’s award-winning WallPro™ by York line of printable wallcoverings provide a variety of finishes for any design aesthetic, from traditional to contemporary. They meet or exceed Type II requirements and are Class A fire-rated. They also meet California’s requirements for low VOC-emitting vinyl media for office and school interiors.

LexJet WallPro by York as printed by Wonderwall Studio
LexJet WallPro by York printed by Wonderwall Studio

LexJet WallPro™ by York is ideal for wall graphics and murals, and is compatible with latex and UV curable printers. Read more about the entire WallPro™ by York line HERE.

Each of the following finishes is available at the reduced price in 54 in x 150 ft and 54 in x 75 ft. rolls (20 ft rolls do not apply for the discount).

Qualifying LexJet WallPro™ by York Finishes:

LexJet Glint Smooth WallPro™ SUV 20 oz. by York: Light gold base with a satin finish

LexJet Light Silver Smooth WallPro™ SUV 20 oz. by York: Light silver base with a satin finish

LexJet Pearl Linen WallPro™ SUV 20 oz. by York: Natural bright white base with a satin finish and linen texture

LexJet Pearl Smooth WallPro™ SUV 20 oz. by York: Light pearl base with a satin finish

LexJet WallPro by York as printed by HG Arts
LexJet WallPro by York printed by HG Arts

To order, call your LexJet representative at 800-453-9538 or shop online at LexJet.com, on Monday, Dec. 19, before 8 p.m. EST.

*Exclusions may apply