Vinyl Graphics

Drywall, or gypsum board or plasterboard, is used in construction to create interior walls and ceilings. It consists of a gypsum core sandwiched between layers of paper or fiberglass, offering a smooth and sturdy surface. Vinyl graphics can be applied over drywall as it provides an ideal canvas for vinyl graphics due to its smooth and flat surface. Here is what you need to know about using vinyl over 

Prepare the Surface

Before applying vinyl to drywall, check if the surface is clean and dry. This means wiping down your drywall with a damp cloth to remove dirt or dust particles. Once the wall is clean, use spackle or putty to fill any holes or imperfections on the surface. After applying the spackle, let it dry for several hours.

Assess the Drywall

Drywall surfaces are not created equal, and the condition of your surface can affect the quality of your vinyl graphics. Some walls can be smooth and even, while others may have bumps and uneven areas. Assess the condition of your drywall before you apply the vinyl to confirm that it's a smooth finish. Run your hands over the wall to feel for any imperfections or bumps. If you think any, sand them with coarse sandpaper, then move to finer grit sandpaper until the wall is smooth.

Choose the Right Vinyl

There are different types of vinyl that you can use on drywall, and each has unique features that make it ideal for specific applications. They include:

Removable Vinyl

This type of vinyl is ideal for short-term indoor applications, such as company events, promotions, and exhibitions. Removable vinyl is easy to install and remove without leaving any residue on the drywall. It is cost-effective, making it an ideal option for short-term applications.

Permanent Vinyl

Permanent vinyl is durable and ideal for long-term indoor and outdoor applications. Its solid adhesive backing helps it stick firmly on the drywall and withstand harsh weather elements like extreme heat, cold, and moisture. Permanent vinyl is scratch-resistant, making it suitable for high-traffic commercial areas like bars, hotels, and restaurants.

Heat Transfer Vinyl

Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) is used in designing custom t-shirts, hats, and other apparel. This type of vinyl can also be applied directly to the drywall to create custom wall art and graphics. HTV comes in different colors, finishes, and patterns, which can be an ideal choice for creating unique designs that stand out.

Reflective Vinyl

Reflective vinyl is a reflective material that reflects light, making it visible in low-light conditions. It can be ideal for safety and directional signage in commercial buildings. It can be applied on drywall in high-traffic areas. Reflective vinyl is durable and can be custom-cut to any size or shape.

Test and Measure

Cut a small piece of vinyl and apply it to the drywall to determine whether its adhesive sticks effectively without causing any damage to the surface. Measure the wall with a measuring tape to confirm that the graphics will fit correctly onto the wall.

Apply the Vinyl

Remove the backing paper from the adhesive side to apply the vinyl. Align the graphic with the drywall surface and use a squeegee or credit card to smooth out air bubbles and have an even adhesion. Work from the center of the graphic towards the edges, using firm pressure for a smooth finish.

Allow sufficient time for the adhesive to bond with the drywall surface. Avoid touching or cleaning the graphic for several hours to allow the glue to set. This can help the vinyl adhere properly and last for longer.

Complete Maintenance and Care

Keep the graphics away from wet rooms such as bathrooms or kitchens. Humidity and direct contact with water can cause damage to the vinyl. Clean the surface area around the vinyl graphics regularly with a non-abrasive cloth and a mild cleanser. Vinyl graphics resist fading, cracking, and peeling, but it's best to avoid exposing them to excessive heat or the sun to extend their lifespan.

Applying Vinyl Graphics Over Drywall

Vinyl graphics can be applied to drywall, and it's a cost-effective way to add branding and messaging to walls in commercial buildings. Confirm that the surface is clean and dry, use the correct type of vinyl, and avoid rough surfaces. Consider professional installation if you need to become more experienced in applying vinyl to drywall.