How to Use Cling Tiles on a Textured Wall

There are several ways to enable Cling to work on walls that are not smooth. It is up to you to decide if you are up to the challenge of preparing the wall.

First, determine if the wall is (1) treated to be textured, or, (2) if the painted surface is not smooth due to several coats of paint or a lack of surface preparation.

Scenario One: If the wall is treated to be a textured painted wall, it would need to be smoothed prior to Setagrip use. 

Here are a couple of options to accomplish this.

For heavily textured painted walls or popcorn paint:

1.  It may be possible to scrape it off cleanly using a wide putty knife.

2.  Use spackle to fill in low spots and sand the surface smooth.

3.  Apply drywall compound to smooth the surface.

4.  Apply wallpaper lining paper to the area.

For textured wallpaper:

1.  Remove the wallpaper.

2.  Apply wallpaper lining paper to the area.

There are many resources and how to videos available to help you understand how each of these processes would work.  

Scenario Two: If it is a painted surfaces that has become textured or rough from several coats of paint or lacking surface preparation, consider using our double-sided tape or a contact adhesive.

These types of adhesives will provide a permanent bond and won’t come off easily.   You can apply the double-sided tape horizontally or vertically based on your situation.

  • HORIZONTAL APPLICATIONS – For horizontal applications, center the tape or adhesive over the seam with 4-6 inch long strips spaced 8-12 inches apart.

  • VERTICAL APPLICATIONS – For vertical applications you can run the tape continuously from the top to bottom of the area to be installed. Space the tape every 8-12 inches apart and spaced so it is centered under all or most of the vertical seams.

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