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Hygienic PVC Wall Cladding


By Fergal Walsh, eCommerce Manager - Print Solutions


Hygienic PVC Wall Cladding is available in sheet form 8'x4' (2440mm x 1220mm) and 10'x'4' (3050mm x 1220mm)

It has a white gloss finish on one side and a matt finish on the other. I used this sheet on a small bathroom project, where I wanted to protect the walls for a year or so prior to applying tiles. That was 2 years ago and the sheet is still there!

  

I was genuinely surprised by how easy the sheet was to cut . The sheet is only 2.5mm thick, so it's thinner than a standard pane of glass (3mm). I used a small hacksaw, the type that has the large D, as opposed to the typical longer hacksaw. A good tip is to bring the sheet indoors for a day or two before working on it and this way it acclimatises to room temperature and becomes a bit more subtle - when the sheet is cold, it has a tension and is harder to work with. 

Finish off your edges by running a piece of sand paper across them. I was using trims on all exposed edges so the sand paper just takes the rough cut edge off the sheet and removes any cutting swarf that may have adhered due to the friction heat generated by the blade. Clip on trims have a channel in them where the sheet slots in and it provides a snug fit and a lovely finish to the edges.

Trims will come in the same lengths as the sheets, so 8' and also 10'. These are very easy to cut with a hacksaw and you can also mitre or angle the corners so that they meet each other in a clean snug fit. See examples of some trims below..

L-R 
1. Internal corner - the corner is inside the 90deg 
2. External corner - 'F' shape - the corner is outside the 90deg
3. Joining strip - used to join 2 sheets together

    

PVC Internal Corner
The internal corner provides a really nice curved angle right in the corner of the 90deg bend. The sheets go behind the curve.

PVC External Corner
The external corner provides the outside finished edge to the 90 bend. This trim is easily recognizable and looks like the letter ' F ', sheets will again go behind the trim but the trim will display on the outside face of the 90deg corner.

Joining Trims
Probably our best seller- the joining trim as the name suggests, joins two sheets together. It provides a clean aesthetically pleasing finish and looks like a small speed bump over the join. We have 2-part joiners in stock where the joiner is in 2 separate parts and the top curved part is clipped in once you are ready to finish the join.

How do you fix all this to the wall?

So there are essentially 2 options

1. Use white pvc nails or rivets
2. Use industrial strength adhesive

I've used both over the years but I always return to the adhesive. It's just better and gives more coverage and better adhesion. The rivets will be visible all over the sheet and can also show dimples on the sheet where some rivets or nails are applied too tightly. No matter how hard you try, they won't all go in the same way!

The adhesive is applied with a standard silicone gun, ideally you want to use 2 tubes for one 8'x4' sheet and the ideal solution is to put it on the sheet in 'blobs' but make sure you smooth it out over the sheet - spread it out in other words! Here's the science behind it...

If placed on in blobs, when they cure or harden, those parts of the sheet with adhesive are pulled tighter to the substrate that the parts that don't have adhesive. If you stand back and look at the sheet from different angles, you'll see that it creates distortion over the surface of the sheet. It may not be a major problem when using white pvc cladding sheet but it will definitely be a problem if doing this on a mirror type sheet, like aluminium composite or acrylic mirror where you're intended end result is reflection!

Summary
So, you can cut this sheet yourself, it's easy to work with. 
There are trims available
Perhaps use adhesive when stick to wall.

Other benefits
1. It's waterproof - so ideal for jobs like bathrooms, shower walls etc.
2. It's washable - with detergents etc. so ideal for food prep areas, clean rooms etc.
3. It's non pourous - so good for clinical applications - vets, clinics, nursing homes etc.
4. It's pliable - you won't get a 90deg bend on it but it will certainly curve and arch around bends or 'corners'.