Fire Place Tutorial
Which product is best for fireplaces?
Our floor & wall vinyl is the best suited vinyl for fireplace due to its stronger adhesive & higher heat resistance. With this being said we always advise testing samples prior as each fireplace will gather different heat & you can ensure it works for your project!
Step 1- Samples
Purchase samples of your favourite designs & test them on your particular area to make sure the vinyl is suitable & sticks well over time. You could keep them applied for a few weeks to be certain the vinyl will work on your fireplace material & ensure the heat of your certain fireplace works with our product.
We strongly advise to test samples on areas where the vinyl will be applied near heat, there are 100s of different fireplace layouts and some may gather more heat than others, samples are great to make sure the product works & stays stuck correctly before making the jump & purchasing a full roll.
There are 1000s of different tiles out there so samples are great to test on your particular tiles.
With samples you can see with each design how visible your grout lines or any imperfections will be. The busier the design the more it will mask any imperfections underneath.
Please keep in mind when applying vinyl to painted surfaces or varnished surfaces the vinyl may remove this upon removal.
Step 2 - Measuring
Once you have tested your samples, ensured the vinyl is suitable & chosen your design you will need to measure your area.
If your area is an awkward size you can request a custom size from us.
To measure - calculate the width x length in CM of your fireplace top & then measure the hearth separately. (like this image shows, one size for the red section & a 2nd size for the yellow section)
We would recommend to add on a few CM's each way to make sure you have enough to work with.
We advise to use our floor & wall vinyl on fireplace projects.
Step 3- Application
When it comes to applying your vinyl the trick is to apply small amounts at a time.
We suggest peeling no more than 2/3cm back first & then sticking the vinyl into place using your squeegee, by doing this you can make sure its on straight & no creases or bubbles will appear.
Continue slowly peeling 2/3 cm of the backing paper off & sticking down with your squeegee.
Apply the vinyl over where your fireplace sits as we will cut this out later.
Step 4- Continue applying...
Continue repeating step until section 1 is all stuck down.
IF you experience any air bubbles forming or creases you can peel back the vinyl and re apply it with your squeegee. ( a hairdryer will be your bestfriend when it comes to removing creases in the vinyl )
If you finish & still find some air bubbles simply pierce the top of the bubble with a sharp pin and use your squeegee to gently go around the air bubble pushing all air out of the hole you made.
Step 5 - Trimming
The next step for your fireplace is to trim any excess vinyl off & cut the vinyl from over your fireplace.
Simply use a sharp blade to remove any overhang not needed.
Once you have done this your fireplace will now show through.
Step 6 - Vinyl on the hearth
When it comes to applying your vinyl to the hearth you just lay your 2nd sheet of vinyl over the hearth & stick it down.
If you ordered extra to bend around the bottom of the hearth like this photo shows, use your thumbs and a hair dryer to wrap the vinyl under the base.
Step 7 - Trimming
Repeat step 5 & trim any excess around the fireplace & ensure all your vinyl is stuck down nicely!
(you can use a hairdryer to warm the glue up & help it bond with your area)
Grout lines & uneven tiles -
Our vinyl is only around 1mm thick so it unfortunately wont mask any deep grout lines, really uneven tiles or imperfections.
When choosing a busier pattern to work with you will barely be able to see the grout lines.
If your grout is really deep or you are choosing a block colour or less patterned design we would strongly advise you to purchase a sample first so you can see how it will look in person before commiting to a whole roll.