Instructions & Technical Advice
Attaching the Mouldings
How to Install your Resin Mouldings
- If the piece you are adhering to is unpainted, make sure it is clean and dry and then adhere the moulding directly onto a flat area.
- If the piece you are adhering to is already painted, just give the area a light key with 120 – 240 Grit sandpaper before applying.
- DO NOT stick directly onto chalk paint as the bond is unlikely to remain secure. Always make sure you seal the paint first, then give a light key & then adhere.
- TIP! Use masking tape to create a mask around where the moulding will sit. This assist in applying the glue to the correct area and will ensure any glue that may seep out can be removed easily.
What Adhesive to use.
This will differ depending on whether you are using a heat-bendable “hard” moulding or a flexible “soft” moulding:
Resin Mouldings (“hard” or heat-bendadable):
- 2 part epoxy glue for fast adhesion. Make sure you key the back of the moulding a little with sandpaper. This will produce a slightly rough surface that the glue can grip. Use tape or a clamp to hold the piece in place while the glue cures.
- Another fast adhesion method is using a cyanoacryate/accelerator system such as the Everbuild Mitre Fast Kit.
- Construction adhesive (for example no nails).
- Hot glue gun, though do be careful (have a tub of cold water on hand for dunking if you get glue on your fingers) and make sure you don’t apply too much glue as it can cause bulk behind the moulding. Be sure to use a high quality hot glue as cheap ones can peel off.
- PVA or Wood Glue is great, but you will need to clamp or tape the molding in place until the glue dries.
- Contact Adhesive is useful, especially for mouldings that you need to bend and that are being installed onto an as yet unpainted surface. Make sure you use one that can be reactivated with heat (such as Evostick 528 or Shoemaker’s barge). This will enable you to reactivate the glue as you reheat the moulding if the moulding does not quite fit the contour when you apply it.
- For smaller pieces, you can use superglue (cyanoacrylate glue). For larger pieces, this is an expensive option.
Flexible “Soft” Mouldings
- If you are using flexible mouldings on a hard surface, please use the same adhesion instructions as for resin mouldings (above).
- When using flexible mouldings on a flexible surface (eg accessories or costume) contact adhesive (such a Evostick 528 or shoemaker’s glue/barge) or a flexible silicon glue (eg E6000 or clear silicon adhesive/sealant) is recommended.
Shaping and Bending:
“Hard” Heat-Bendable Mouldings
- DO NOT TRY TO BEND YOUR RESIN MOULDING STRAIGHT OUT OF THE PACKET! It needs to be warmed up to allow it to become flexible.
- Use a hairdryer or heat gun to warm it up, then gently mould into desired shape.
- BE CAREFUL! The mouldings can get hot and can burn – if you see smoke, remove the heat source. Please wear gloves to protect your fingers.
- Secure with masking tape whilst cooling, Remove tape when dry, the shape of your applique should now be set.
- If you are using a heat reactivated contact adhesive, you can reheat the moulding once it is on the (unpainted) piece and re-bend if necessary. (Do not try this with painted pieces as excessive heat can cause paint to bubble.)
The video below demonstrates how to bend our heat-bendable mouldings.
- These special flexible mouldings are bendy straight out of the packet – no heat required.
- You can heat them if required – this will make them even more pliable if required. Care should be taken not to overheat and burn them – or yourself!
The video below demonstrates the difference between flexible “soft” and heat-bendable “hard” mouldings.
- Apply 1-2 coats of paint with a soft paint brush after you attach your item to your project. You can also use spray paints too.
- Some may have air bubbles due to heavy details. These can be filled with any type of filler, if needed, before painting. But paint does cover lots of these tiny ones.
What Paint to Use:
- These can be painted with most types of paint – acrylic, chalk and mineral paint spray paint, and enamels.
- It is not always necessary, but it is recommended to use a a high adhesion plastic primer to help the paint grip.
- If you are using the moulding on a flexible piece (eg costume or accessory) please use the appropriate flexible paint or flexi paint additive for the task. Acrylics will flex, but for high use applications, use a professional paint designed for painting plastics.
How to Repair Mouldings
Accidents happen, but it’s OK! Resin mouldings are very easy to repair. Just use a little cyanoacrylate glue (superglue) to repair the moulding before application. Or you can simply apply without repairing – once it’s in place and painted, you’d never know. If there is still a visible crack however, you can fill with a little filler before painting. Small cracks just add to the aged look anyway.
Your mouldings can be used on anything, anywhere, inside or out!! If you wish to use outside, just use exterior glue & paint, or a coat of clear varnish to seal it against the weather.
How to Install a Light Switch Surround
**Please only attempt to fit your light switch surround if you are confident that you are able to isolate the power supply to your light switch as we cannot be held liable for any personal injury claims or claims for compensation due to user error. **
1 – First of all, for your safety please isolate the power to the lighting circuit. This can usually be done by switching off the circuit breaker for your lighting circuit on your main fuse board.
If you are unable to locate the fuse for your lighting it may be necessary to call in an electrical professional, however most modern fuse boards are clearly marked and easily switched off.
2 – Once the power to the light fitting is switched off, remove the screws on either side of the light switch.
3 – Detach switch fitting from the wall. If you find that the light switch is slightly stuck you should gently pry one corner to release it from the wall. BE CAREFUL NOT TO PULL or you may detach the cabling.
3 – Slip the light switch through the centre of the light switch surround holding the light switch at a diagonal angle to the frame so that you are sliding the switch through from corner to corner.
4 – Re- align the switch and reinsert the two screws that hold the light switch in place.
5 – Switch the power back on and test that the lights work as they should.
If everything works fine, you’re done! If for some reason the lights don’t work, re-isolate the power supply, remove the switch once more and ensure that no wires have worked loose during the fitting procedure.