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Thermoformable facing briquettes

New materials are constantly appearing on the construction market. The decoration is no exception to this development, which brings a choice and ease of implementation always progressing. Manufacturers have taken advantage of the evolution of chemistry to offer this material, similar in appearance to the one it imitates.

Necessary material

  • Spatula to be glued
  • Knife to coat
  • Soldering lamp
  • Rule
  • Pencil
  • Brush
  • Solvent

Steps

  1. Initial setting up
  2. pose
  3. finishes
  4. Plate repair

Initial setting up

The plates are arranged on a heat source

The plates are arranged on a heat source

1. These plates are thermoformable under the action of heat, they become malleable, offering the possibility to deform at will retaining their appearance. Once cooled, each element permanently retains the deformation it has undergone. This quality is derived from the chemical components (natural and synthetic) and the manufacturing process used. The elements consist of an amalgam of rock crystal, silica and synthetic resin. The color is obtained using pigments, different according to the plates. Before fixing the plates on their support, place them on a source of heat, a very hot radiator for example. The polymerization reaction begins under the effect of heat, the fibers of the element expand and chemically combine, forming an uninterrupted chain. This operation is irreversible.

Setting up the first plate

Setting up the first plate

2. Prepare the media to be coated. It must be healthy and dry before sizing. Draw on the wall or the pillar a horizontal with a ruler and a pencil. This horizontal serves as a starting point; this feature may represent the top of the coating to be applied. Glue the surface partially to the line with the spatula. Apply the first heated plate to the glue, leaving a length equal to the thickness of the abutment beyond the angle of the abutment. Press firmly, following the horizontal line. The special glue polymerizes too, hardening when the plate cools and becomes one with it.

A 5 mm joint must remain between the plates

A 5 mm joint must remain between the plates

3. Continue to place the first row of items. Leave a seal of about 5 mm between two plates. Once the other angle is reached, mark the cut mark on the unheated plate with your fingernail. At the point of the connection, the plate shall protrude, by a length equal to its thickness, the vertical edge of the pillar.

pose

The marking is marked cold

The marking is marked cold

4. Draw a line next to the mark indicated above and scratch the surface of the plate with a coating knife. Perform this operation on a cold element; the flexibility of a heated element makes it impossible to cut cleanly.

cutting

cutting

5. Place the scratch in front of a sharp edge (table edge). Press hard on the part to be removed to detach it.

The plates are laid by crossing the joints

The plates are laid by crossing the joints

6. Place the cut corner plate, after having heated it like the others. Begin laying the second row crossing the joints, always of constant width. Enjoy the flexibility of the elements to "unwind" on the glue to prevent air bubbles.

The variation of hues gives the illusion of real bricks

The variation of hues gives the illusion of real bricks

7. Continue the pose observing the same rules, rank after rank. The manufacturers offer a nuanced material, that is to say that the elements do not have quite the same hue, which allows to find the appearance of the real brick. Be sure to distribute different shades on one side, to maintain a natural appearance to the coating. Starting on the second side, perpendicular to the first, try to match the colors of the elements at an angle: this operation erases the artificial nature of the coating and hides its thin veneer structure. The facing then appears as a massive material, making up the supporting structure of the post or wall. Do not forget to respect a constant width of joints between two rows of plates or two consecutive elements the final aspect also depends on them.

finishes

Smoothing joints

Smoothing joints

8. Take care of the appearance of the joints. At the bottom of the joint appears the layer of glue, spread beforehand on the wall support. This glue is scratched, sometimes rough, after the passage of the spatula. It is easy to treat this glue to make, apparently, a cement joint between the facing plates. Take a hard and thin brush, wet with water to prevent sticking to the glue. Smooth it before it dries by brushing it over the surface. The gentle, even pressure exerted by the bristles gives the glue a flat, more aesthetic surface. Do not hesitate to suspend the laying of the plates to smooth the joints before the drying of the glue, irreversible: this operation is fast and does not require a delicate implementation (the water is not likely to stain the plates, still less glue...).

The connected edges are welded

The connected edges are welded

9. The laying of the plates completed, it is necessary to weld the connected edges of the corner elements. Turn on the lamp to be soldered, heat the fitting, always a little visible between two plates. Fill the void with a knife to coat by exerting a slight pressure on the material. Polymerization occurs, welding the two parts face to face. The two corner elements form a single plate after cooling.

Nailing must be done with care

Nailing must be done with care

10. This material does not suffer from the installation of nails, so it is easy to fix objects on the wall. But, to avoid a possible bursting of the material, hold the nail.

Plate repair

A broken plate can be reconstituted

A broken plate can be reconstituted

11. When a plate is broken (fall or mis-cut), heat both parts together and connect them tightly.

Polymerization welding

Polymerization welding

12. The polymerization welds them properly.

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