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Jul 29, 2012

Paradise Found

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Our client, St. Joseph Hospital, called us to help them with a recent project. As part of a remodeling project, the hospital wanted to add wallcovering to the nurse’s break room. Their goal was to create a little bit of paradise for their staff to relax.

After an image was selected and purchased online, we enlarged the file to fit the wall space. There was also a request to move a palm tree that would have been behind a refrigerator if it remained in its original position. Our digital artist carefully moved the palm tree about 4 feet to the left. Even in the wall-sized graphic, there was no sign of the “re-planting” of the tree.

Printed on our Mystical wallcovering, the 8′ by 15′ graphic was put up by our professional installer in about 3 hours. Many nurses came in during the installation process and were thrilled to see the transformation of their area from a break room to a tropical oasis. Paradise found, indeed.

Jul 15, 2012

Proper Painting Preparation Prevents Problems

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One of the questions we get asked is, “How do you want my newly built wall prepared for your wallcovering application?” Proper preparation of the wall surface for wallcovering can prevent problems that occur either during installation or long after the material is put up. Here are some quick pointers.

On newly installed drywall, it is imperative to have it dry and wiped clean of any dust. Then it needs to be painted, using a short nap roller, with a primer and ideally two coats of a semi-gloss or glossy paint. The smoother the surface, the better the end results will be. Imperfections, bumps, dips, etc within the wall will be seen when you install many types of wallcovering.

Adequate drying time is needed before we adhere the wallcovering to the newly painted wall. Without properly cured paint, the wallcovering may lift off or peel away due to the moisture build up underneath the wallcovering. We recommend at least 3 days, ideally 5 days, before we begin the installation.

Low luster, matte and satin latex finishes can also be a problem. Additives to these paints can inhibit the adhesion of the wallcovering. Graffiti-resistant paints can also be a problem due to special components that prevent graffiti from adhering to the wall will also prevent wallcovering from adhering to the wall.

With a little bit of planning and knowledge you can ensure beautiful results. Proper painting preparation prevents problems. We are Photomation — Imagination Thrives Here™

Jul 8, 2012

Spa Treatment

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Our client, a contractor for Hilton Hotels, contacted us in the early afternoon in a panic.  Hilton representatives were scheduled to do a walk-through in less than 24 hours. In order to get approval to open the hotel to guests, the spa had to be fully operational. One of the details remaining was to install a 20′×7′ mural behind the spa receptionist’s desk. So that was when Photomation got the call for help.

After a few hours of working to find the right image with sufficient resolution to make this large wall graphic, we purchased the iStock image at 5:30 p.m. The client needed the image flopped for aesthetic reasons and we had to electronically stretch it to fill the proportion of the final install. The job then went into production.

The wallcovering was divided into five panels and printed on 3M 180C with 8520 lam. Our installers were at our doors at 8:30 a.m. to pick up the material and arrived at the hotel in Carlsbad, Ca at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Installation began immediately and by 2:00 p.m. the wall you see above was finished. The hotel and spa inspection was completed and the hotel received approval to open to guests the next day. Our client was very happy with the result.

In less than 24 hours we went from a phone call to final installation. This sort of turnaround and service is not unusual for Photomation. If you have a challenge and need a solution, give us a call. We’ll be happy to give you our spa treatment.

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