LexJet Reviews: Easy-to-Install Wall Applications

We kicked off our new series LexJet Reviews with a look at the top floor products. This week, LexJet’s C.J. Forker talks about some of the top wall graphic products in the market.

From smooth finishes to subtle textures, these wall décor solutions offer easy and personalized alternatives to paint and traditional wallpaper. Take a look at our most popular solutions:

  • LexJet Textured Indoor Floor & Wall Vinyl – This cleanly removable vinyl is perfect for walls that have slight texture or surfaces that have issues with underlying primers and paints. The 6-mil thickness makes it great for wall murals because it’s easy to seam or install in panels. The slight texture gives any graphic a high-end look.
  • GF 229 WallMark™ Canvas Vinyl HTR – Perfect for wall decals from kids’ rooms to man caves, the microsphere adhesive in WallMark Canvas means you can peel them right off without any problems, even after long-term installation. It is ideal for any smooth wall application and offers high opacity to hide minor surface imperfections.
  • Photo Tex PSA Fabric – Aqueous – One aspect that makes this self-adhesive fabric so popular is the repositionable adhesive. Having trouble deciding where to put the graphic? With Photo Tex, you can install, remove, and re-install until you get it just right.
  • panoRama Walk & Wall – This versatile textured vinyl is great for indoor or outdoor vertical surfaces and the fabric backing provides dimensional stability for longer applications. The 12-mil thickness hides wall imperfections and makes installation a breeze, just remember to round the corners to prevent edge-lift.
  • DreamScape™ Caviar Wall + Floor Wrap – The entire DreamScape line-up is, well, a dream for walls. Caviar, Ravello, and Classic help reduce glare, while Brilliant adds a little sparkle to any room. The three-ply technology helps with dimensional stability and it also hides any wall imperfections. To see all the self-adhesive DreamScape selections, click HERE.
Quick selection guide

Now that we’ve taken you through some of our top wall products, it’s important to remember that proper surface preparation is the key to the smoothest installation of any wall décor.

Visit our LexJet Reviews library to see all these products in action.

If you want more information on any of our products, give us a call at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

What They’re Saying: Vescom “Really is Incredible”

Earlier this year, the design team at Century Sign Builders in Albuquerque, N.M., partnered with All American Wallpapering to decorate the final phase of a three-phase project that started in 2017. Nuevo East – the Graduate Student housing at the University of California San Diego – was to be redecorated and ready to go in March; however, Damien DeMenno, Project Manager for Century Sign Builders, says that COVID-19 altered their plans. “We completed it in March, but we had to finish quickly because the buildings had to be turned over to the State of California to be used as quarantine pods.”

After researching different products and finishes, DeMenno and the Century Signs team chose Type II compliant Vescom Polster for the wall décor for the UCSD grand finale. “We narrowed it down to a couple of different finishes and ultimately selected Polster for this project,” he says. For phase one of the project, DeMenno used Korographics Glassed Out and they originally looked at using Vescom Matte for phase three because the texture was a close match to the first project.

“When you’re dealing with putting a ‘matte’ product on a super smooth surface, you still get a little reflection off of it,” DeMenno says. “What’s cool about the Polster product is that it has a super light stucco texture to knock down any glare and it just made the whole project seem much more high-end.”

Giving his clients a high-end look is important, but working with a product that is easy to print and install also factors into his product selection. “We previously used a lot of laminated vinyl graphics, but the industry trend seems to have shifted to wallpaper. Since we have an HP Latex 365, we started working with Vescom and have for several jobs, now.”

For large projects like UCSD, he sees the consistency of Vescom as a huge benefit. As a precaution, DeMenno normally adds an overage allowance to job estimates to account for material errors, printer errors, or anything that may happen during fabrication. However, with this project, there was no need to use the extra material. “This material printed beautifully, and the color was consistent. We didn’t have any issues and we ended up using exactly what we specified and didn’t need any extra. This material really is incredible.”

Prior to working with Vescom, he’d experienced installation or color issues with other products but did not run into any delays while working with Polster. “In the past, I’ve noticed other brands will stretch or be 1/8” off at the top or bottom or sometimes the colors won’t match up and you’ll have to reprint a panel,” he says. “We had none of those issues with this product.”

DeMenno says it was important to have a product that would allow them to cover 34 walls, each with a unique graphic, in a very short timeframe. “With other products, we had the primer and the glue, and all the tools of traditional wallpaper,” he says. “When we started working with Vescom, we realized we didn’t need any of that. While we did still prime the walls, we were able to roll the glue right on to the wall rather than use a pasting machine. This job required fewer tools than the traditional wallpaper process, and that time-savings makes us competitive.”

After working with Vescom for several projects now, DeMenno says he would recommend it to future clients or anybody doing wall décor. “Everyone should get the samples and practice with them, that’s how you get the best results,” he says. “We did test prints on several different things to make sure we were happy with our choice. The effort is far worth it.”

With minimal waste – of both product and time – and easy installation, DeMenno and his clients were happy with the final outcome. “It’s an incredibly affordable product and to get results like that, everyone was just thrilled.”

If you are interested in Polster or any other Vescom textures, visit us online or call a LexJet representative 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.

Video: 3 Steps to Installing Large Tiled Wall Graphics

If you’ve got a large graphic to install on a wall, we’ve got three words for you: measure, mark and you’ll become a master. If you follow the three phases of wall graphic installations outlined in the video above, you’ll find that putting up your next tiled wall graphic can be a breeze.

When installing the massive wall mural for Scorch Fitness, the professionals at Now That’s a Wrap show us how using LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl with its self-adhesive air-egress release liner is a vital choice, making installation and repositioning easier to manage.

For any wall graphic, some of the special tools you’ll need are masking tape for registration marks, a hand-held squeegie and a release liner knife, to name a few.

Check out the video now to learn how prep, planning and placement can, with patience and care, help you become a wall murals master, too.

Easy Ways to Start Marketing Your Décor Services Today

Whether you’ve got full décor printing capabilities, or you’re just dipping your toe into this new market, everyone will eventually need to start marketing their services to build business. We sat down with LexJet’s market development pro Rachel Gamberg to learn how to get a décor-focused marketing plan off the ground.

“Based on your equipment and current capabilities, you can identify markets that you can created product lines for and start to segment these groups,” she says. “And if you have plans to invest in new equipment, started thinking about more applications you can offer in the future.”

Intro to Décor Printing: You Already Have What You Need to Begin

Today, we’re kicking off a blog series on how on-demand printers and anyone offering wide-format printing services can jump into an exciting new market within the industry: Décor printing.

Chances are you’ve heard about the booming customizable décor printing opportunities in our industry. With the advances in substrates and printer technology, offering your customers more ways to create one-of-a-kind projects for residential or commercial spaces has become more accessible than ever.

It’s also likely your customers are starting to make requests for projects like wall murals, canvas wraps, floor graphics, customized window screens and even lampshades. In other words, if you can print it, they can decorate with it!