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FRP wall panels are a great project for the DIY enthusiast. These panels come in 4′ x 8′ or 4′ x 10′ size, usually in white with a “pebble-embossed” surface. They provide wall protection and are designed to be easy to clean (non-porous surfacing and the pebble texture helps with that). But before you start you need to get the project in order. Here are the questions you need to ask yourself:

1.) Do you have the right amount of dividers (j-trims) and inside/outside corners?

This should be common sense but when you buy the panels you need to get the plastic dividers too! J-trims divide the panels that are side-by-side, while the inside and outsider corners link at, you guessed it, the corners. Knowing the room(s) you’re working on and the size of the panels will help you determine what you need.

2.) Do you have the right amount of adhesive?

What we mean here is the special FRP glue. If you’re fixing the panels another way than obviously you don’t need to think about this but most people do use the adhesive and each bucket (4 gallons) covers 200 square feet. We usually recommend you buy a little extra to ensure you can spread the adhesive liberally. It just takes a minute or so of simple math.

3.) Is the surface clean?

Just because FRP wall panels have a special adhesive does not mean it’s so strong that you just slather it on any surface and slap the panels on. Even though the panels can be affixed to a wide variety of surfaces (including concrete!) The surface still needs to be clean. This means “clean, clean” so deburr it or sand it flat than wash the surface clean and let it fully dry before attaching the panels. Failure to do this could mean the panels do adhere properly or even detach. You would think it makes common sense but people don’t always do it.

Asking yourself those three simple questions will go a long way in ensuring your project is a complete success!

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FRP_TextureFRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) wall panels have a distinguished history of use in restaurants, convenience stores, public pools, schools, anywhere low-cost and easy-to-maintain wall protection is needed. The most popular of these panels is probably the white, embossed kind. It has a “pebbly” texture that makes it difficult for grime to stick on and makes the panels easy to clean.

While commonly encountered in businesses, these wall panels have many potential applications for the “diy” home renovator. For example, kids with crayons are a nightmare for many parents as the walls present a canvass ready for art – at least in the child’s mind! Do you have a dedicated playroom? FRP wall panels installed at floor level provide a surface so easy to clean you may encourage your kids to write on the walls! Well, maybe that’s a stretch but the investment in the wall panels will give you some peace of mind, make cleaning easy, and might even lower your blood pressure a bit.

Other potential uses in the home include: bathrooms, workshops, en suite¬†kitchens, basements, carports and likely more. Think of the panels as a “simple armor” protecting your walls in high-risk areas from avoidable damage or disfigurement. The panels are easy to install via a special adhesive or nylon rivets to any flat surface. They are water-proof and¬†impervious to cleaning chemicals. The embossed panels are commonly available in either 4′ x 8′ or 4′ x 10′ sheets both with a thickness of .090″.

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Following up on our article from awhile back on FRP wall panel installation. We’ve found a video with some decent tips as well, although they certainly push their proprietary brand! Regardless, there is some good information to be had regarding the nylon fasteners, how to seal the gaps between panelling and other general tips. Clocking in at less than 9 minutes – it’s worth a view if you are seriously considering FRP wall panelling.

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