QnA: Fixing panel curve
Q: I can see the panel's curved surface due to lighting. How can I fix this?
A: Each panel is intentionally designed to be slightly taller than the adhesive foam block. (PIC 1-1) This allows you to position the panel on the wall before the final bond, make minor alignment adjustments after installing, and produce a snug fit between the panel and wall. (PIC 1-2, PIC 1-3)
Since the panel is taller than the foam block, the face is slightly curved inward on an installed panel. The benefit to the curve is a fast and trouble-free installation. However, the curved surface may be noticeable in some lighting conditions. This usually appears in solid, colored panels printed with a glossy finish. If this is a problem, you have three options:
- Change lighting or poster position.
The curve is noticeable due to reflections on the surface of the panel. You can play around with repositioning lights and/or the poster to reduce the reflections.
- Reprint using a non-glossy process
If your printed panels have a non-glossy (matte) surface, reflections will be eliminated. Any inkjet process should produce a matte surface. Laser printed color can produce a glossy, reflective surface. However, it seems to vary from printer to printer and depends on the image. If this is a concern, it's best to print a test panel to check.
- Use panel poster extensions.
We sell Panel Poster Extensions that will raise the surface of the panel by 1/32" (0.79 mm) to reduce the curvature of the surface. We recommend the extensions for experienced installers since they make installation more difficult. See the Using Panel Poster Extension Guide for more details.