Applying Interior Film to a Multitude of Surfaces

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Interior film applied

Our interior film is designed for flat lamination and profile wrapping and can be used on a wide variety of surfaces. Its intelligent self-adhesive backing makes it easy to apply to both flat and moulded surfaces. Here we look at how to apply it to some of the trickier areas.

Before applying cut to size, leaving excess if necessary to be trimmed off later. The backing peels off easily and you can then lay it sticky side down onto the surface you are covering. Always start with the flattest surface and then use the guides below to mould it around the irregular or shaped areas.

Applying interior film to a formed door

You can use the film on a moulding for a beautiful new finish and also to cover any holes. Once you’ve cut to size and peeled the backing off, apply it to the flat surface with the film extending over the edges sufficiently to cover the moulding. Use a hairdryer or similar to heat the edge of the moulding and stretch the film around the corner. Start to press the vinyl into the moulding, applying more heat as needed. Continue until the film is pressed tightly into all the crevices and corners and is completely stuck down.

Applying interior film to a curved corner

Once again cut to size and peel off the backing. Apply the film to the flat part of the surface with enough film hanging over the edge to cover the sides. Heat the vinyl around the corner and edge to make it pliable, then stretch the material around the edges and curves applying more heat as necessary. Once it is completely moulded to the corner and stuck down use a knife to cut away the excess from behind and press flat.

Applying interior film to a folded corner

Once you’ve cut the film to size and removed the backing, apply to the flat surface as above. Identify the corner and cut at 45 degrees. Fold the one side down and trim the excess, then fold the return corner and carefully tim the flushed corner and excess from the back surface.

Splice cutting when joining two pieces of interior film

Apply the first piece of film and press flat. Take the second piece and lay it down so that it slightly overlaps the first piece and cut away any excess around the edges of both pieces. You can then splice cut a line through both layers in the middle of where they overlap. Remove the top layer waste and then carefully lift the top layer so that you can remove the bottom layer waste too. Finally smooth down and the two edges should meet perfectly.

Mitre detail when joining two pieces of interior film at a corner

Cut to size then peel backing and apply the first piece of film to the one side going all the way to the edge of the adjoining side. Trim any excess, then apply the second piece of interior film to the that side, overlapping the first piece. Trim any excess again and then splice cut through both layers at an equal angle from each side (e.g. if it is a 90 degree angle corner, splice at 45 degrees). Remove the off cut on the top layer to reveal the mitre. Carefully peel back the top layer and remove the excess from the bottom layer. Press down top layer and you should have a perfect mitred joint.

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