Faux brick paneling is manufactured in sheets which look and feel like real bricks but are actually not. They are generally available in sheets ranging in size from 24/36 inches up to 24/48 inches depending on the manufacturer. Installing faux brick paneling is easy and you will require a dozen or so sheets for one wall (depending on the size of your wall). It can be used for both interior and exterior finishing.
Step 1 – Taking Necessary Precautions
Always wear protective gloves and glasses when using a saw. If need be you can get the paneling cut according to the measurements of your wall on pre-ordering at the store, this might cost extra, but it is worth it if you do not have the necessary equipment.
Step 2 – Measuring your Walls
Before purchasing your paneling you need to measure your walls to know exactly how many sheets you need to buy. Always buy slightly more than your need in case a panel is damaged during application and needs to be replaced.
Step 3 – Cutting the Faux Brick Paneling
Cutting the paneling is easy, and is required for edges and trimmings of the wall. Measure the wall; place the paneling face up on a flat surface with the portion to be cut off hanging from the side. Stick the painters tape and draw a straight line on it; using a hack saw cut along the line. Once that is done remove the tape.
Step 4 – Sanding the Cut Edges
The sawed edges will require sanding. Using the 100 grit sand paper or a sanding block carefully sand the edges to give a neat finished look.
Step 5 – Using Adhesive to Put the Paneling in Place
Using the construction adhesive on the back side of the paneling; place the paneling in place on the wall. Always start from the inner bottom corner of the wall and move up wards layer by layer.
Step 6 – Screwing the Paneling for a Firm Hold
Locate the screw holes which you can mark on the paneling before beginning if it does not come with already drilled holes at the edges. Using the electric/manual screwdriver screw the faux brick paneling in place, this will give the paneling a strong hold with minimal chances of falling off.
Step 7 – Caulking the Screw Holes
Use a caulking gun to fill out the screw holes. Make sure that the caulking material matches the color of your paneling. You can mix the color by yourself as well if it is not available in the market.
Step 8 – Finishing Up
Using the caulking gun fill out any uneven edges which do not fit properly. Use sand paper to sand the caulk to give a neat finished look. The final look should resemble that of a real brick wall. Make sure you clean up the work area before you mark the job as complete.