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How to Attach Lino to a Wall

Postby sandy slade » Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:35 am

Hi I have recently seen on a designer tv programme on the BBC lino being put on the wall in a shop . I am not too good at tiling so thought this maybe an alternative, cheaper and easier thing for me to use. I already have the piece of lino so just after the correct type of glue please.I have already looked it up online and the suggestions were to use pva or wood glue. Can anyone please shine a light on which one . I will be edging it with a tile edge strip top, bottom and edge so enclosed. Thank you for any help at all.
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Postby thedoctor » Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:37 am

Hi Sandy

Unfortunately if you are thinking of using the lino as a replacement for tiles in a bathroom or similar this is probably not the best way to go.

To ensure that any areas in your bathroom that are subjected to water and splashing e.g. around the bath and inside the shower stay as waterproof as possible and prevent any water ingress behind or down into the floor, these areas should really be tiled.

There are however alternatives to tiles such as shower panels: https://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/showerpanels.htm that may work as an alternative.

We have a wealth of information on the site about tiling and how to lay tiles correctly that are worth a read if you want to learn how to lay tiles correctly: https://www.diydoctor.org.uk/diy-how-to ... tiling.htm and also information on how to grout tiles correctly: https://www.diydoctor.org.uk/diy-how-to ... outing.htm . If you follow the tips suggested in these projects there is no reason why you can't be tiling like the pro's in no time.

We also have some videos on Youtube walking you through all of the steps involved:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm6xZtODgmc&t=17s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va9cuoyMr0o&t=3s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3sNnEe1Ym0&t=16s

If you really do want to fix lino to a wall you will have to ensure that the wall is absolutely dead level and flat as once once a flexible material such as lino is fixed to a surface it will show up most imperfections and undulations in the surface.

To stick it to a surface such as a wall you will need to ensure the entire walls surface is free from dust, debris or any loose material and then it would probably be a good idea to seal it with PVA.

To actually stick it to the wall and ensure it stays there (as a large piece of line is quite heavy) you would probably be best off using a decent impact adhesive such as Evo-stik, but just be aware that if you ever wanted to remove it it will be a nightmare to get both the lino and the glue remnants off of the walls surface.

Hope this helps
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Postby sandy slade » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:44 am

Hi Thank you for your advice . I had not received any notifications that someone had replied so only reading today. I have tiled before but I am not that good and due to no money a lovely bit of lino which is too small for anything else I saw the idea and thought what a good idea of how to use it . I have decided as I have a roll of Grey bath edge tape to use that to edge internal corner bottom and top and edges .Also considered using extra strong carpet tape instead of glue so when my situation changes in the future and it could be done properly by an expert it could possibly just be removed easier without damage or at least less damage to the wall . Thank you for your help
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