Wall Preparation Guide
We know you can’t wait to get your Stickaroo up on your wall - but hold up - first read our helpful guide for the best possible application results. We’ve got 11 years of experience in this sticky business, and know exactly how to ensure your Stickaroo stays put and looks great.
It’s really important to understand what kind of wall Stickaroos love to stick on so that it stays stuck, and there is no problem removing it. Stickaroo will not be held liable or responsible for failure to stick or lifting Stickaroos.
We only recommend dry smooth surfaces, smooth painted plastered walls, or plasterboard.
Types of paint that ensure a good stick:
• Eggshell, between satin and matte on sheen scale.
• Satin or silk, a mid-sheen finish, less porous than matte.
• Semi-Gloss, shinier than satin.
• Gloss, very reflective finish typically seen on woodwork.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are planning to paint the wall, choose a waterbased paint. Ensure you know the curing times for your selected paint, and add a week or two to that time period before sticking your Stickaroo. This will ensure that the paint is dry and has set properly. If you apply your Stickaroo any sooner, there is a good chance that the paint will reject it because of outgassing.
Surfaces and paints not recommended:
• Textured surfaces will reduce the contact surface area for the adhesive.
• Covering existing wallpaper is not advised.
• Brick or cinder-block walls that are textured with deep recesses.
• Chalky or sandy surfaces that give off a powdery substance.
• Matte paints containing matting agents such as silica, waxes and fillers can reduce adhesion and the porous nature can make cleaning difficult.
• Latex paints can contain components which cause failure to stick and lifting.
• Low/Zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) have modified chemistry and tests have shown that some of these paints give poor stickiness.
• Easy-to-Clean and Wipeable paints can contain silicon or Teflon which are not suitable.
You can improve a surface by using a primer or giving it a light sanding. We have successfully used Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 Primer & Sealer, and Waterbased paints from Paint Smiths.