Placing wall coverings step by step
Each placing of EPIKA DESIGN wall covering should start from surface preparation, which should be vacuumed and free of any residual parts of other paints. First, prime the surface using primers available at the market.
Preparation of adhesive
After priming the surface, prepare the adhesive agent. Using adhesive intended for gypsum tiles, mix it in the bucket according to the instructions found on the packaging.
Cleaning the tiles
Next, prepare the tiles to place them on the wall. Each tile should be cleaned of any unevenness, which may be present on the back side of the tile. Remove any sharp edges as well. Use sand paper, 80 grit, or abrasive net, and a spatula to remove all sharp edges of the tile.
Placing the tiles
Place the adhesive on the tile, and fix it to previously prepared surface of the wall. Start placing at the corner, if there are any, or from the place where the tiles start. When placing the tiles, remember to place them in turns – which means place each layer overlapping. Adhesive should be spread equally on the whole surface of the tile.
Cutting the tiles.
When placing the tiles, it is necessary to cut them, which should be performed with the use of a handsaw or angle grinder with a diamond disc. Additionally, measuring tape and angle plate should be used.
When placing the tiles on the wall, control the level of the tiles and adjust if necessary.
Tile priming. Finished!
After thorough drying (about 7 days), secure the wall with the preservative EPIKA, which will make it easier to keep clean.
Frequently asked questions:
Plaster decorative stone and concrete decorative stone are tiles produced of synthetic plaster or concrete, respectively. The installation and mechanical processing are easy and effortless.
SUBSTRATE: Concrete, bricks, plaster boards, etc. All substrates should be prepared prior to adhesive application, i.e..: have appropriate bearing capacity and homogeneous structure, be even, clean, dry and free of any dust, oil, grease, adhesive agents, etc. Any surface with unstable, insufficient adhesion must be removed.
INSTALLATION: Use EPIKA GRUNT priming agent before laying the tiles. Start laying the tiles from the bottom, thus supporting the first row of tiles on the floor. Use dedicated EPIKA adhesive agent. If there is no levelled horizontal support for the tiles, before you start laying tiles set the horizontal level at one tile distance from the floor by means of a darby float and level. Apply EPIKA adhesive agent on the tile or along the tile’s edge by means of a notched trowel and push evenly until the excess of adhesive is squeezed out and you feel slight resistance. After the adhesive sets out remove the darby float and fill in the missing row of tiles. Use corner elements to finish the external corners.
Depending on the type of stone, you can lay it with or without grouting. Grouting can only be done after the adhesive has dried completely, with a grout spreader or a home-made grout bag. When the grout has slightly set, you can use a flat tool to smooth the surface. Allow the grouting to dry completely and then use a scrubbing brush to remove the remainings of the grout from the tiles’ edges.
1) Use at least four packages of tiles for laying to obtain a harmonious appearance of shades.
2) Use dedicated products by EPIKA to lay your tiles – the customer bears the responsibility for using other adhesives or grouting .
3) The difference in colour is intentional in order to obtain a natural appearance of the tiles.
4) The ambient temperature during tiles laying and drying must fall between +5C and +25C.
5) Tiles must be cut with metal cutting saw (plaster stone) or with an angle grinder (cement stone).
6) Don’t use an adhesive that may cause discoloration.
7 ) It is recommended to impregnate the surface with EPIKA products after the installation works are finished. Allow at least 7 days after laying the tiles for complete drying before applying the impregnation agent. The impregnant makes cleaning of the stone easier and prevents colour discharges.
EPIKA is not responsible for incorrect laying of tiles on a wall. The differences in shades or shapes shall not give rise to any complaint after installation. All installation works must be performed in accordance with „Technical Guidelines for Performance and Acceptance of Construction and Installation Works“.