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Bamboo Paneling Installation Instructions

Looking to enhance your living space for the holidays? Bamboo paneling is both eco-friendly and attractive, perfect for home or business use. Use bamboo paneling to cover walls, ceilings, cabinets, bar fronts, and more. This flexible material is also referred to as Flexbamboo, specially designed for easy application. We offer a wide variety of styles and colors that measure 4 feet in height and 8 feet in width. The strips of bamboo have a thickness of 1/8 inches and are 11/16 inches in width. Paneling can easily be re-sized and installed horizontally or vertically to best fit your project’s needs.

Prepare the Surface

Before you get started the area of application must be cleaned, sanded, and smoothed for best results. Surface areas that are prone to excessive moisture exposure are not recommended. Over time the paneling may detach or become damaged due to the moisture.

Re-sizing Paneling

Our bamboo paneling comes in a convenient carpet roll style that can be cut horizontally or vertically. For horizontal cuts, mark the paneling with a marker and cut carefully with a chop saw. If you plan on cutting paneling vertically, use a box knife with a sharp blade. Cut all the way through the mesh fabric backing between the strips of bamboo. Always use sharpened or new blades to avoid tears and rough edges.

Installation with Nails or Staples

You will want to pre-drill holes in relation to the size of the nail being used. Due to the natural density of bamboo, paneling is subject to cracking and splitting. Slowly drill holes 1” from top to bottom every 10”. Hold paneling firmly on the surface area you wish to cover and apply nails slowly.

Another method of application is stapling. You will need an industrial staple gun with stainless steel staples. Measure and mark the desired surface area and resize paneling accordingly. Hold in place and staple every six to eight inches from top to bottom. For additional reinforcement, staple paneling on all edges.

Installation with Contact Glue

Once the paneling is cut and re-sized, unroll paneling and lay flat on the ground. Use contact cement to coat the mesh backing thoroughly. Allow the adhesive to set for 10 to 15 minutes and apply to surface. Press all areas of the paneling firmly to ensure effective contact with wall surfaces. You can reinforce the paneling with staples or nails, holes must be pre-drilled for nails. Allow 24 hours for drying time and periodically check to make sure paneling stays in place.

To complete paneling, apply a coat of Cabot’s Australian Timber Oil. The varnish will enhance the look of paneling and protect the color if used outdoors. Let us know if you found this instructional guide helpful. Send us pictures of your finished projects and we will gladly exhibit your work on our website and social media platforms!


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