You can install Carlton panels easily using tools found in almost everyone's toolbox. To complete your project you will at least need these basic tools:
Follow steps below to install ALL Carlton faux panels, additional steps if installing Fieldstone panels. The panels can be installed indoors, or outdoors, on any reasonably flat surface that is clean and is in structurally sound condition.
1.) Begin the panel installation by making sure the surface the panels will be attached to is clean. Wipe the surface with a rag. Use a wire brush on harder surfaces. Wipe clean the back of the panels as well.
Acclimatize the FauxPanels® to roughly the same temperature and humidity as the installation surface for about 24 hours. Avoid storing FauxPanels® in direct sunlight or close to heat sources.
2.) Determine whether your panels will be installed from left to right or right to left. This is accomplished by looking at your panel and making sure the protruding lip is on the top. Then plan the layout of your panels to best suit your space.
Use a level to find the high point on your floor/ground. Measure up from the high point of the floor/ground and mark the wall to the height of the panel being installed. Draw a level line across the wall as a guide.
3.) Cut into the first panel by either 1/2, 1/3, or 1/4 and not just cut off the tabs at the end. This reduces the amount of waste, ensures that the seams on the next rows will not line up and will make the install look more realistic.
3a.) When installing Fieldstone, cut into the first panel by 1/2, 1/3, or 1/4 horizontally and vertically.
4.) Apply a bead of glue/adhesive to the perimeter of the back of the panel, roughly an inch from the edge.
Add additional glue/adhesive to the rest of the panel back in a vertical straight line pattern with beads of glue/adhesive only 4 inches apart or less.
5.) Apply the FauxPanel® to the wall. Use a slight twisting motion to help ensure good contact with the glue/adhesive and the wall. Make sure the panel is level with the level line drawn.
6.) Begin fastening the panel to the wall with screws all around the perimeter at roughly one foot apart or less. Additional screws need to be in the middle of the panel at a rate of about 1 screw per square foot. All screws should be very slightly recessed below the surface of the panel. Do not over tighten the screws. Use exterior grade screws if the panels are being installed in high moisture areas.
Hint: Placing screws under protruding rocks, in crevices, or grout lines, to help conceal them will give a cleaner/more realistic look.
7.) Add glue/adhesive to the lip of the panel where the next panel will overlap, about 1 inch away from the textured face of the panel.
8.) If your installation is in a bathroom, a kitchen, or any place where water can come in contact with the panels follow this step.
Add textured caulk to the seam where the wall coverings will meet. This is very important to ensure a moisture-resistant seal for your DIY installation.
Hint: Textured caulk should only be added to panel seams at this point in the installation. Adding caulk onto seams after panels have been glued together can cause a less realistic appearance and won’t adequately protect from moisture.
9.) Repeat steps 4-8 for the next panel to be installed. Place it onto the wall next to the first panel. Keep the panel level. Press the panels firmly against the wall with a slight wiggle motion to help spread the glue.
Install the panel very tightly against the first panel, as they may expand and contract with temperature changes. Continue repeating steps 4-9 until your first row is complete.
10.) Before the texture caulk dries be sure to use a damp rag to wipe off any excess caulk that may have squeezed out from between the joint between the two panels. A wet finger, paint brush, or other such tool can assist in smoothing and blending the caulk. Use the textured caulk to also fill in any voids, gaps, screw heads or spaces.Click here for more details on caulking panels.
11.) If you are installing multiple rows of panels, start on the next row above the one just completed. Repeat step 4-10 for the next row of panels to be installed.
Note: The panels are designed to butt up to each other bottom to top. This 'shiplap' joint should also be glued and caulked like in steps 7 & 8 to ensure a tight seal that has a seamless look.
When you come to the end of a panel run, most often you can take the piece you originally cut off to use at the start of your next run or offset each row by a half sheet. This will make pattern repeats less noticeable.
11a.) When installing the Fieldstone panel you will not be able to offset the panel when installing one over the other due to the nature of their interlocking patterns.
12.) Using the paint from the Touch-up Kit, paint the FauxPanels®, screw heads, and textured caulk as needed.Click here for more details on Touching Up Carlton Panels.
Be sure that the panels are oriented properly, the tongue portion of the panel is on top of the panel, and the groove portion of the panel is on the bottom. All joints including miters will need to be glued and caulked. The panels may require additional shimming and trimming for proper alignment.
Be sure to follow and obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers.
Always follow any, and all, local, state, and federal building codes. Always comply with any specified clearances set forth by the manufactures of stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and any other heat sources, as well.