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How To Install Our Panels On A Curved Surface

Posted on February 13, 2011

Antico Elements` Stone Panels are designed to interlock on all sides to create a seamless look and can be bent to follow a moderately curved surface.

You may be able to install our Faux Stone Panels on a curved surface if the radius of the curve is more than 10 feet. Using the panels on a 8-foot radius or less is not recommended unless the panels are cut in vertical strips (mitering the edges) as shown in the bottom photo. If the turn radius is sharper, you may crack or break the panels.
Warning: Due to different temperature conditions and different ways of handling these products by our customer, we cannot guarantee that our products will bend at any radius without damage. Our customers should order a sample and try to bend it around the install surface before submitting the final order.
If our Faux Stone Products are slowly warmed up by leaving them under the sun or carefully using a hair dryer, they may bend more. Do not to heat them too quickly to avoid "bubbling" of the finish.

Tools needed:

• Measuring tape and pencil
• Table saw, circular saw, miter saw,  jig saw etc. You can use any blade designed for wood. Our material is very friendly.
• Nails or screws ( exterior grade if used outdoor)
• Hammer (or screw driver/drill if using screws)
• Level
• Hair dryer or a heat gun at the lowest setting
• Safety Glasses

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-Let's look at the example below - Note the max Radius:

Start from left

Curved Surface To Cover.

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-Do not use any adhesive yet.
-If possible lay the panels under the sun to warm them up.
-Start by applying a few screws on the left side of the panel.

Start from left

Starting from the left

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-Using a vertical motion and by constantly moving your arm, apply the heat moving slowly from left toward the right side of the panel.
-Have someone push gently on the right side of the panel against the curved wall as you keep heating the panel. Please take your time during the push. You should feel the panel becoming easier to push as you apply the heat. If you find yourself needing too much strength to bend the panel it probably means that you need to apply more heat, again slowly. If by any chance the paint gets damaged you can use Our Touch-Up Kit to repair those areas.
-When the panel has conformed to the curve of the wall you may apply a few screws to the right edge and let the panel cool down.
-Once all your panels are shaped, remove them and start installing them with adhesive and all the screws needed.

Heat up the panels

Heat up the panels

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If your radius is too sharp for this method you can always cut the panels in vertical strips with the blade tilted on an angle and work your way around the curved surface.

Using vertical strips

Using vertical strips

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For more complete instructions on how to install our panels, including cutting, caulking and touch-ups please visit our other Installation Pages.

Congratulations! Your job is done and you can now enjoy an incredibly realistic stone look.

As always, we are available for questions and assistance at any step of your project.
Thank you. Antico Elements.
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Feel free to request additions and modification to these instructions. Send us a comment by clicking here to email info@anticoelements.com.
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Tools needed: ( same as wood cutting tools )

• Measuring tape and pencil
• Saw ( a table saw, or circular with a straight edge are ideal for this project but other types will work too)
• Nails or screws ( exterior grade if used outdoor)
• Hammer (or screw driver/drill if using screws)
• Level
• Construction adhesive, E.G: Liquid Nails or PL.
• Safety Glasses

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