The panels are delivered with a transparent protective polycoating on the front side and a white laminate on the rear. To assess the surface, gently peel off the clear polycoating and remember to reapply it before installation. This is especially crucial when the polycoating includes printed text or graphics..|
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Inspect Perform Panel wall panels & profiles for any flaws, defects or damage.|
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Ensure uniformity in color, sheen level, and pattern concentration across all panels and profiles.|
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If a professional tradesperson is installing the panels, the end user should give their approval for the colors..|
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Please make sure to thoroughly review this guide before beginning the installation process.|
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Apply a bonding agent to ALL exposed edges before installation. Once the installation process has started, the panels are considered to be in perfect condition. Any issues reported after installation will not be covered by the warranty.|
CONDITIONING AND STORAGE
Panels should be transported by a team of two individuals at all times.|
Avoid storing panels in high-humidity environments|
Avoid outdoor storage or leaning the panels at an angle against a wall.|
Keep the panels stored in a cool, dry environment with temperatures between 5°C and 25°C|
To prevent bowing, store the panels in a flat and horizontal position.|
Condition the panels and adhesive at room temperature for a period of 48-72 hours.|
WALL PREPARATION, HANDLING AND CUTTING
The panels can be attached to a variety of surfaces, including tiles, concrete, plaster, plasterboard, and chipboard/plywood walls, as long as these surfaces are in good condition.
To enhance stability over uneven surfaces, timber grounds should be affixed at suitable intervals, generally at 60cm vertically and 80cm horizontally. These grounds must be adjusted or shimmed on the wall as necessary to ensure their alignment is both level and vertical. If a timber grounds are utilized, its imperative to verify that they are level and even before installing Perform Panel wall panels.|
For a secure bond with your Perform Panel, make sure that all surfaces where adhesive will be applied are clean and dry.|
HANDLING AND CUTTING PANELS
Always wear gloves when handling panels. When cutting panels, it is essential to wear protective eye-wear.|
Measure andmark your required cutting line.|
When employing an upward cutting blade (such as a jigsaw or circular saw), ensure that panels are cut with the face down to prevent chipping.|
When using a fine-tooth blade handsaw, make sure to cut panels with the decorative face facing upward.|
When measuring distances from walls or past shower enclosures, it is important to factor in the thickness of the aluminum profiles and the gap between walls and profiles.
FIXING PANELS AND PROFILES
Every panel must be meticulously sealed along all vertical edges, whether they are being affixed to profiles, shower enclosures, or NuLock connections. Furthermore, it is imperative that panels are ALWAYS sealed with silicone at the base, whether utilizing the Perform Panel panseal kit, with or without extrusions. An insufficient seal will render your warranty void. If the seal begins to deteriorate, it should be promptly resealed to prevent moisture from infiltrating joints or connections.
The initial profile, typically commencing with an Internal Corner or End Cap, should be secured to the wall or terminal grounds using countersunk screws or adhesive. Additionally, a line of silicone sealant should be applied to the channel.|
Apply silicone to the interior of the initial profile|
Apply a bead of silicone sealant to the channel of the second profile and affix it to the long edge of the first panel.|
Apply a high-grab adhesive to the back of the Perform Panel angle, insert it into the first profile, and press it firmly against the wall..|
Alternatively, you can directly apply adhesive to the wall or timber framework.
FIXING NU-LOCK PANELS
Before installation, it is highly advisable to condition Nu-Lock panels in the room or a similar environment where they will be installed for a period of 48-72 hours, especially in cold conditions. Dry joint Nu-Lock tongue and groove panels before final installation to ensure a tight and flush joint between all panels. Additionally, it's essential to prime ALL exposed edges with a bonding agent prior to installation.
Nu-Lock panels MUST be sealed with silicone at all vertical joints, as well as at all extrusions, joints, and at the panel's bottom. These panels can be attached to the wall through screw fixation or bonding with high-grab adhesive. For screw fixation, screws should be spaced at 400-600mm intervals, with the top and bottom screws situated a maximum of 35mm from the panel's top or bottom edge.
When creating Nu-Lock joints, be aware that 20mm is subtracted from the original panel width.
Please take this into account when calculating your panel requirements.
- 2400 x 600mm = 2400 x 580mmfinished face size.
- 2400 x 900mm = 2400 x 880 finished face size.
- 2400 x 1200mm = 2400 x 1180mmfinished face size.
FIXING Nu-LOCK PANELS
Nu-Lock panels come with a standard configuration, featuring one long edge with a tongue and the other with a groove. When installing panels into an extrusion, remove the protruding tongue or groove edge. Ensure that you prime ALL exposed edges with a bonding agent before proceeding with the installation.|
Affix the initial panel to the wall or frame, ensuring that the grooved edge is positioned first. When screw fixing the panels to the wall or frame, be sure to pre-drill the recess in the groove where the screws are to be placed. Neglecting to pre-drill may lead to the panel's joint splitting. To prevent distortion of the Nu-Lock joint and to maintain its alignment, insert shims between the back of the panel and the wall as needed, ensuring it remains level and vertical.|
Secure the panels by fastening through the rear flange of the grooved edge using countersunk screws. The screw heads should sit within the recess on the back of the tongue. Be certain to tighten the screws until they are nearly flush to prevent any hindrance to the tongue of the subsequent panel to be installed.|
Apply masking tape to the two meeting edges of the decorative face to protect the laminate face. Apply a narrow bead (2-3mm) ofsilicone sealant to the front shoulder of the tongue.Note: Using too much silicone sealant will affect the tightness of the Nu-Lock joint. Using too little may affect water-tightness.|
Begin at an angle of around 45° and insert the tongue of the next panel into the groove of the anchored panel. Verify that the tongue is completely seated within the groove before gently snapping it back against the wall. Failing to do so may lead to joint damage.|
Peel off the masking tape and promptly remove any surplus silicone sealant from the laminate surface.|
SHOWER TRAYS AND BATHS
Perform Panel PanSeal is an all-in-one kit for sealing the bottom edge of Perform Panel at a shower tray or bath. See separate installation guide.Alternatively you can fit Perform Panel with a 3mm gap between the bottom edge of the panel and the shower tray or baths, sealing the gap with silicone sealant.
For wet environments like wetrooms, it's advisable to utilize an aluminum Bottom Trim. Ensure that height adjustments are performed where the panel intersects with the ceiling. The flooring material should extend approximately 100mm up the wall behind the panels. Secure the profile by screwing it through the floor covering into the wall or frame, and apply silicone sealant to both the base and the rear of the profile.|
At windowsills, employ a quadrant end cap between the panels and miter it at the corners.|
FITTING VALVES AND CONTROLS
When making apertures or drilling into Perform Panel, ensure a 2mm clearance gap around all edges and seal it with silicone sealant.
ADHESIVES AND SEALANTS
You can order Perform Panel adhesive and sealant from your distributor or nearby showroom.
After installation, your Perform Panel requires minimal maintenance. To clean Perform Panel, use warm water and a mild, non-abrasive detergent. Avoid using scouring or similar abrasive products, as doing so may void your warranty.
Corner installation detail|
Note: Avoid overfilling the profiles with silicone, as it can impede the insertion of the panel into the profile. Use an appropriate bead to establish a seal.|
Install the Internal Corner in the corner, securing it either with adhesive or screws. Apply a bead of silicone to one side of the Internal Corner in preparation for panel installation.|
Apply high grab adhesive to the back of the panel. Attach the end cap to the panel, cleaning any excess silicone from the decorative face side.|
Insert the panel into the internal corner and firmly press it against the wall. Remove any excess silicone from the corner.|
Apply silicone to the other side of the internal corner in preparation for panel installation. Repeatsteps 2&3.|
The panels are now prepared for the installation of the shower cubicle, if needed. Ensure a secure fixation by fixing through the panel into the wall behind.|
Recess installation detail|
Install the Internal Corner in the corner, securing it either with glue or screws. Apply silicone to one side of the Internal Corner with a bead of silicone in preparation for panel installation.|
Apply high grab adhesive to the back of the panel. Attach the internal corner to the panel, cleaning any excess silicone from the decorative face side.|
Insert the panel into the internal corner and firmly press it against the wall. Remove any excess silicone from the corner|
Apply silicone to the other side of the internal corner in preparation for panel installation.|
Repeat steps 2&3, fitting an end cap if required.Recess installation detail
Note: Avoid overfilling the profiles with silicone, as it can impede the insertion of the panel into the profile.
Use an appropriate bead to establish a seal. Corner installation detail Repeat steps 2 and 3 once more, and if necessary, install an end cap.
The panels are now prepared for the installation of a cubicle door, if needed. Ensure secure fixation by fixing through the panel into the wall behind.|
Full room installation detail|
1. Initiate the process at the side of the doorway and proceed clockwise away from the doorway.|
2. Apply silicone to the top of the doorway only, then continue around the room, fitting an Internal Corner to the end of the panel..|
3. Insert the panel into the internal corner and firmly press it against the wall. Remove any excess silicone from the corner.|
4. Apply silicone to the other side of the internal corner in preparation for panel installation. Repeat steps 3.|
5. Insert the panel into the internal corner and firmly press it against the wall. Remove any excess silicone from the corner.|
6. Apply silicone to the other side of the internal corner in preparation for panel installation. Repeat steps 3&5.|
7. Apply silicone to the opposite side of the internal corner, preparing it for the installation of the panel. Repeat steps 3.|
8. Insert the panel into the internal corner and firmly press it against the wall. Remove any excess silicone from the corner.|
9. Apply silicone only to the top of the doorway, then cut the panel for above the door.|
10. Precisely cut the panel above the door. Silicone should be applied to the joints with panels on either side..|
Length +/ 1.5mm
Thickness +/- 0.5mm
Curving Convex - 1.00mm
Width +/- 0.5mm
Difference from level +/- 0.2mm
Curving Concave - 2mmDOMESTIC WARRANTY
Building Plastics Online Ltd offer a 35 year warranty that Perform Panels will not crack, blister or delaminate and will remain watertight if fitted and sealed in accordance with our published recommendations.
In the event of a successful claim under your Perform Panel guarantee we will replace the panels, but will only cover any claims for consequential costs under exceptional circumstances where a defective panel prohibits ordinary use of the surrounding area. Perform Panel High Grab Panel Adhesive must be used and is available to order from your local distributor or showroom.
This guarantee does not cover failure of the product due to:
Incorrect maintenance or storage - panels should not be leaned against walls, or balanced between tressels and should always be conditioned at room temperature for 48 hours prior to installation.
Damage or misuse.
Prior to installation the following checks should be carried out and any queries reported, as claims of this nature will not be covered after installation:
Colour matching and sheen levels between all panels and profiles.
If panels are to be fitted by a tradesman then colours and condition should be approved by the customer.
Dry fit Nu-Lock tongue and groove jointed boards prior to final installation to ensure a flush finish and ensure tightly butted joints
Flaws or defects in laminate - although unlikely. Where protective poly coating has text over printed, this should be carefully peeled back to inspect the surface and replaced for installation. This is particularly important where the poly-coating bears printed text which might obscure areas of the surface.
This guarantee does not confer any rights other than those set out above and claims for consequential loss or damage are excluded. This guarantee does not affect your statutory rights as a consumer.
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