Whether you are going to install your own faux stone Go-Stone Panels or get a contractor to do it for you, the process is quick, clean, and very simple.
Native Custom Stone packages its lightweight simulated stone units in easy-to-transport, easy-to-store boxes. Each box contains five different panels that will produce a finished veneer of 5 square feet with a total finished edge of 40 vertical inches. Corner pieces are available separately, and these are also neatly packed in boxes with enough to cover 4 linear feet. Additionally, accessory items including surrounds for plugs and switches are available to ensure a professional finish.
- 12 inch torpedo level or a longer spirit level
- ¼ inch notched trowel for applying the adhesive
- drywall or wet-cut saw to cut panels if required
- measuring tape
The only other equipment required is ceramic tile and stone adhesive and of course as many Go-Stone panels required to cover the surface that is going to be revamped.
Step-by-Step Installation of Go-Stone Panels
Step 1: Preparation
- Use a cloth, or old sheet or blanket to cover the floor adjacent to the wall to be worked on.
- Clean the wall surface with a damp cloth or sponge and then allow to air dry without wiping.
Step 2: Installing the Go-Stone Panels
There are three different sized panels in each box. These should be randomly mixed to ensure a natural look. If there are corners, installation should start at a corner with corner pieces.
- Apply adhesive to the back of the first panel with the notched trowel
- Working from the floor up, set the first panel in place and move from side to side until it stays against the surface. Use the torpedo or spirit level to check that the upper horizontal surface of the panel is level.
- Place the second panel flush up against the side of the first panel. Make sure it isn’t the same design as the one below. So if the first panel was 12 inches long, the next should be either 8 inches or 16 inches.
- Use the level again to ensure both are in a straight line.
- Continue along the floor line staggering pieces so that the seam line isn’t in one vertical line. Also continue to check the upper horizontal level. Never rely on an existing surface because it may not be completely level.
- It is very likely panels will need to be cut to fit most walls exactly. Cut individual panels only when required. Ensure that cut edges meet within the wall area or where the wall meets another wall. Factory-finished edges should be used where these will be visible. If the veneer is to extend around a corner, corner pieces should be used.
- As work progresses it will only be necessary to double-check levels now and then.
- All that will be left to do is clean up.
While Go-Stone surfaces do not need to be sealed, Native Custom Stone has a Natural Shield product that can be used, especially if the wall is open to the elements.
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