Installation directly to Walls of Forbo Cork

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Warning => Installation direct to walls requires trained, experienced installers or real sharp novices.   Notes from Forbo Installation video.  This does not cover the full installation  &maintenance technique
so Please read the factory cork/bulletin board install brochure before doing your installation.  If you need extra advice call Forbo at (800)233-0475 hit 3 technical help then 1 for Master Mechanic  help.   They also have a video about installation.

Don't forget to buy our adhesive especially for wall applications!!!!
The wall installation problems come from ...............
1) the cork comes in rolls and has a set.  You must massage end curl to avoid puffing. 
2) the cork weights one lb per sq ft
3) the glue has to be fast setting ...... Adhesive is applied to wall and you must go into adhesive wet.  The number one reason for cork popping off the wall is glue was dry and set up time was missed.  Adhesive should not be spread more then one peice.

There are 2 installation methods
Direct Scribe were molding will be applied to top and base

Pattern Scribe using felt tracing pattern where cork will be cut to exact size and no molding used

Make sure arrows on back are all running the same way for the grain to match.  Do not reverse lay.  Plumb line should be used for the first piece of material. Cut off Factory edge approx 1/2"

Overlap seams for double cut method approx 1/2".. Seams should be lines up and reference marks made prior to moving material to the wall.  Dust and dirt must be removed from the wall with a damp rag.

Avoid repositioning.  Bubbles should be rolled side to side and top to bottom

Cork may appear to have a yellow color to it as it is being installed.  This is know as "Drying Room Yellowing" and will dissipate with the natural or artificial light.

Wall Prep
Painted Walls-
slightly sand the wall w/ fine grit sandpaper

Bare Sheet Rock- Inspect for dents prepare surface as you would for paint

Porous Surfaces- Wall must be primed.  Adhesive will absorb into wall if it is not primed and cork will pop off.

Cleaning Wall
Mineral spirits should not be used to remove wet adhesive use soap and water.  You can use mineral spirits to remove dry adhesive.  If adhesive dries to wall it must be scraped off. 

Outside corners use a corner guard                                               Inside Corners need to be undercut

Also see factory instructions at Install Forbo

See our glue recommendations at Glue and cutting tool information

Cutting tool- from what I understand are not use by the truly experienced but they can be helpful, see glue page.

If you think the wall install will be to difficult you can put the cork on 1/8" hardboard and have it dry and set while laying flat.  Then putting the cork coated panels up is a piece of cake.

There is no Warrantee to cover a botched installation and there is a restocking charge for returned cork (Even Untouched Full Rolls) so be sure you can handle the installation.

Installation tips relayed to me by a Pro for on the wall installation of Forbo Cork.  Please Read

1. let material be at room temp for 12 to 24 hours. Especially if all rolled up.
2. Material needs to lay flat before installation..... if necessary back roll to get set out of material.
this should be done loosely - do not create a reverse set.
3. The shorter the length put up the better. Easier for you to manage and get setting of adhesive to happen
4.use a notched trowel for adhesive
5. If laying a long run horizontally or railroad installation use a cart the material weights 1 lb per sq ft so a 30 ft run would weight 120 lbs.   A lot of weight to hold up in the air!
6.  If you are to slow the glue will skim over causing bond failure.
7. Nail furring strips into the wall to hold the material while it sets is recommended.  This could be needed every 4 ft.    A little bit of wall patching will be needed but that's better than having glue dry with cork away from the wall.
8.  Some Installers use a linoleum Countertop Roller to make sure cork gets Pushed against wall
9. Make sure walls are flat .... don't even try it on block walls.
10. Remove Glue when wet.
11. Precut pieces on the ground not on the wall for vertical seaming applications.
12. Skill is required.   If you must get job done on a schedule you might want to order extra to cover yourself.

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