McIntyre Group

Hang Tight: Creating Seamless Panel Walls

Anyone can hang acoustic panels, but not everyone can make them as seamless as McIntyre Group. This edition of The Acoustic Influencer details a seven-step guide to creating tight seams, a couple more tips to avoid gaps and reveals our secret weapon.

The Steps to Success

Step 1: The Dry Run

  • Make sure to check if the walls are straight with a six- or eight-foot level or a laser
    • If not, be sure to document problem areas for the customer
  • Mark Panel 1 measurements on the wall as a dry run
  • Cut Panel 1 to size and shape
  • Place on the wall to be sure it fits

Step 2: Hanging Prep

  • Add acoustical tape to the back of the panel and roll it to make sure it’s embedded into the back-side fabric between adhesive lines
  • Dab construction adhesive directly onto the panel
  • Allow the adhesive to semi-dry so it’s tacky

Step 3: The Double Check

  • Be sure the panel edges are straight and even
  • Be sure there’s enough adhesive (you can even use hot glue)

Step 4: The Hang

  • Start in the middle or end of the wall depending on design
  • Place Panel 1 on the wall

Step 5: The Repeat

  • Follow Steps 1-4 with the next panel
  • Be sure it butts up as firmly as possible to Panel 1
  • Be sure both panels are square and level

Step 6: The Roll

  • Use a carpet roller to roll each panel to adhere the panel into the adhesive which adheres to the wall keeps the seams tight and secure
  • Roll the two panels together to further seal or use a line of tape that spans both panels
  • Repeat Steps 1-6 for the remaining panels

Step 7: The Gap Check

  • Panels need to be squared but can only be as tight as the drywall is plumb and level

The Secret Weapon

  • Our custom-built “Gus Tool” is a metal block designed by our lead installer with a knife blade that  cuts perfectly straight lines by gliding through panels (imagine a huge, powerful paper cutter)
  • This ensures the tightest seams possible if cuts are made on site

Potential Pitfalls

  • Installers need to a laser level. Tapes and the eye test simply won’t cut it.
  • Rolling everything is key to ensuring the tape is embedded into the fabric and the panel onto the wall

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