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Wallplanks Reclaimed Installation Guide


Required tools and materials: J-roller (see Step 10), 4' level, TSP (trisodium phosphate) for cleaning sub wall see Step 1, a pencil, saw (miter saw, jigsaw, or hand saw), hammer & a few finishing nails.

Inspect planks thoroughly prior to installation. If boards are not acceptable, do NOT install and contact the seller. The planks can be installed on any structurally sound, clean, dry, and flat surface. DO NOT install as flooring. Cement block, plaster and gypsum surfaces should have a minimum of one coat of primer sealer prior to installation. It is not recommended to install planks in high moisture areas such as steam rooms. For bathroom installations, additional nail down is recommended.



1. Clean, paint, and dry the wall surface. Turn off power to installation area while working around wall outlets and light switches. Remove electrical cover plates, protruding nails and loose paint. Sponge wash with TSP (trisodium phosphate), available in hardware stores or home centers, to remove residues of greasy grime, mildew, chalked paint or anything that might affect the bond of the VacuuBondTM adhesive. If the wall has a heavy drywall texture, it will need to be block sanded or skim coated and primed or painted so the VacuuBondTM adhesive can achieve a firm bond. Wallplanks can be installed over well bonded smooth wallpaper. Textured wallpaper should be removed and wall cleaned with TSP prior to installing wallplanks. After the walls have been thoroughly cleaned, they must also be thoroughly dried.

*Please note that we recommend painting your wall a color that will compliment the planks you are installing due to the nature of the product. Black is a color we highly recommend.

  2. 2. Dry lay the Planks.  Work from several open boxes and “dry lay” before permanently installing to create your desired look. This step is especially important for the options with multicolor boards in each carton. You must dry lay your planks to ensure your installation is aesthetically pleasing due to color variation and 50% of the planks you receive are not the full 47" long.  




  1. 3. Trim pieces. For walls that have outside corners, or would be more aesthetically pleasing with a framed look, trim pieces may need to be purchased separately. The trim piece is made to overlay the edges of the plank and should be nailed to the wall using small finish nails after the entire wall is installed.


4. Starting line. There are multiple ways you can establish your starting line. The most important aspect of establishing your starting line is to ensure that the first row of planks you install is 100% level. If your baseboard and ceiling are level, you can use one or the other to establish your starting line. If neither your baseboard or ceiling are level, you will need to establish a level line across the wall. With the use of a pencil and a 4' level, you can establish a starting line across your wall at eye level. DO NOT adhere the plank until you have it placed in the right position. Once the material is adhered to the wall it will be very difficult to reposition.


TIP: To help ensure an absolute straight starter line with the first plank, we recommend you tap 1 1⁄2" finish nails halfway into the wall along the starting line at every 12". The protruding nails will help position the starter planks along the starting line before they are adhered to the wall. This procedure will not be possible when installing over a block wall. Use extra caution to ensure your first row is straight if you are not able to use nails as a guide.




5. Applying the planks. Starting on the left side of the room, using the starling line (and nails )as a guide, peel the paper off the VacuuBondTM adhesive and position the starter row planks groove side up along your line. Press into place and J-Roll each plank immediately after installation. If you placed positioning nails in the wall in Step 4, remove them now. When applying the next row of planks, make sure to approach the shiplap joint from beneath at a 45% angle and interlock appropriately. When approaching from above, be sure to only overlap the underlying shiplap joint.


6. Stagger the planks. Stagger the end joints as you work your way up and down the wall, so that your end joints do not match up from row to row. To accomplish this look and minimize your waste, use your cut off piece from one row to start the next row. A general rule of thumb is to have a 12" minimum offset (+/-2"). The goal is not to repeat/line up offset lines for at least every 3-4 rows. Try to avoid not having a board that is shorter than 12".






  1. 7. Cutting the planks. Planks can be cut to fit by using an electric jig saw, miter saw, guillotine, hand saw, utility knife or table saw. It is beneficial to have a sanding block handy to smooth the cut edges.
  5. 8. Unique Marks. Mark locations of light switches, electrical outlets and air vents on the planks before removing the paper liner on the tape. Cut and trial fit before removing wax paper and installing. These cuts can be made using a drill to create a starter hole if necessary and then cutting with a jig saw or scroll saw.
  9. 9. Installing the Top and Borrow Rows. When installing your top and bottom rows, the planks can be ripped lengthwise by using a jigsaw or table saw.
  1. 10. Important. To help set the VacuuBondTM adhesive after the installation is complete, the wall must be rolled using a J-roller to insure the bond. Not using a J-roller can lead to failed adhesion. J-rollers are available for purchase at www.wallplanks.com.
  1. 11. Finish with Trim. If a trim piece is used to finished the installation, the trim can now be installed. Refer to Step 3 for trim installation instructions.  


12. Ceiling Instructions. For installation on ceilings, follow steps 1-10 and use 1" brad nails every 16” on the left and right side plank to further secure the planks to the ceiling.

  1. Finishing touches. Please note that because of the nature or this product, there may be some wall peaking through after your installation. We suggest using a black sharpie marker to fill these spots to complete the finishing touches of your installation! Additional nail down may be required for planks that are not 100% flat.




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**TIP: For extra assurance and added protection, apply primer to your wall prior to installation and use a nail gun with 1" brad nails in addition to the VacuuBond pre-applied adhesive.

If needed, you may use some filler and a touch up market to blend the nail hole in with the finish.




Wall Planks Care and Cleaning:

  • -Your wall planks are virtually maintenance free, but in case of a mess, we have you covered with our wood wall covering cleaner now available on wallplanks.com Otherwise, normal dusting with a clean, dry cloth should be the primary cleaning method. As needed, you can damp wipe using water only. Never saturate your wood walls. Only use a slightly damp (wrung out) cloth for cleaning. Never use waxes, detergents, polishes, abrasive cleansers or oil-based products on your wall.
  • -Hanging pictures and other wall décor: Wall planks are not load bearing. Wall décor like mirrors, pictures, and shelves can be mounted by drilling though the Wallplanks, provided the underlying wall provides adequate support (i.e. wall studs). Use proper hardware to install any wall decor.






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