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Ledgers and Trim - Interior or Exterior Installation Instructions



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General Tools and Materials:

Before You Start

  • Ensure surfaces are structurally sound and in good condition. Surfaces such as drywall should be flat and smooth to minimize gaps.
  • Acclimate all materials by storing them flat in the installation location (but away from moisture and direct sunlight or other heat sources) for at least 24 hours.
  • Gather all tools and materials.

WARNINGS:
  • Be sure to obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers.
  • Follow local building and fire codes.
  • Wear safety glasses during the entire installation process.

Directions

Plan the Installation

Step 1

Plan the Installation

Determine the lay out of the trim pieces.

NOTES:

  • Window and door trim needs to be installed prior to installing panels.
  • Ledger trim is to be installed after panel installation is complete.
  • For exterior installations flashing needs to be installed prior to adding the trim pieces.


Cut Trim

Step 2

Cut Trim

Tools:

  • Tape Measure
  • Wood Cutting Saw with Finish Blade
  • Pencil
  1. Measure, mark and cut the trim as needed.
  2. To create a visible grout line, cut an additional 1/16 inch off of the trim.

Dry Fit

Step 3

Dry Fit

Lift the trim to the installation location and ensure it fits as desired.

NOTES:

  • Window and door trim is to be Installed prior to installing panels.
  • Ledger trim is to be installed after panel installation is complete.
  • For exterior installations flashing needs to be installed prior to adding the trim pieces.

Prepare Surface

Step 4

Prepare Surface

Tools:

  • Clean Cloth

Clean surfaces are required for proper adhesion. Wipe the walls and the back of the trim with a tack cloth to remove any dirt or sawdust.

Apply Adhesive

Step 5

Apply Adhesive

Tools:

  • Caulk Gun
  • Loctite PL 3X

Apply two beads of adhesive to the back of the trim.

Apply Caulk (Ledger Installation Only)

Step 6

Apply Caulk (Ledger Installation Only)

Tools:

  • Caulk Gun
  • Caulk

Apply a bead of caulk to the edge of the panel.

Install Trim Pieces

Step 7

Install Trim Pieces

  1. Set trim piece in place. Use a slight twisting motion to ensure good contact between the adhesive on the trim and the wall. For adhesiveonly installation manually hold the trim in place until the adhesive sets.
  2. Fasten the trim to the wall by placing a screw every 16 inches or as needed. Slightly recess the screw, do not over tighten. For window/door trim screws can be hidden if “toe-screwed” in from the sides or top and bottom.
  3. Be sure to leave a small gap between pieces if a grout line is desired.

Apply Caulk

Step 8

Apply Caulk

Tools:

  • Caulk Gun
  • Caulk
  1. Add color coodinating textured caulk to the seams where trim pieces meet.
  2. For exterior installations, place a bead of caulk between the trim and the wall.

Touch-Up

Step 9

Touch-Up

Tools:

  • Clean Cloth
  • Caulk
  • Caulk Gun
  • Touch-Up Kit
  • Small Paint Brush
  1. Add color coordinating textured caulk to fill screw holes.
  2. Use a damp cloth to remove any excess caulk, paying close attention to all seams.
  3. If desired, use the paint from the touch-up kit to further conceal screw holes.