Something you must know about murals
We get a lot of questions about the fact that price of murals vary from $100 to $800 for the same size. WHY? There are 4 ways to produce murals and here is how to recognize them. The cheapest way is offset printing(the way it has been done since the 70's) and now there is digital printing done on narrow strips (medium price) or on wide strips(high price). We will use a 12'(3,66m) wide by 8'(2,44m) high as an example for each type of mural.
A- Cheapest price - Unpasted rectangle panels (1) They will come on 8 panels of 24" wide by 48" wide. Panel 1 and 2 will be hung one on top of the other, 3 and 4 the same and so on. (2) The panels are produced separately in large quantities so they cannot guarantee color match between panels. (3) The substrate it is printed on is very thin and has a tendency to stretch and to crease when you wet it therefore making it very difficult to match the designs. (4) The product is not prepasted (5) The mural is extremely difficult to remove. Will last 7 to 10 years
B- Medium price - Prepasted just like wallpaper (What Muralunique does) (1) They will come on 8 strips of 18" (46cm) wide by 8'(2,44m) high and the last 1/4 inch (6mm) of each strip is identical to the first 1/4 inch of the following strip so you overlap them to prevent any open seam when the paper dries. It makes the installation very easy to do for DIY customers. (2) The strips are printed one after the other on the same run and each second strip is printed reversed to prevent color difference from side to side(shading). You will never see a color difference between panels. (3) The product is prepasted. Just soak it in water. (4) The substrate is a robust and washable blend of paper and synthetic fiber (no PVC vinyl. (5) The mural is so easy to remove that you can reuse it. It will last 10 years and more.
B- Medium price - Peel and stick (1) Peel and stick means the mural is printed on vinyl and there is a backing you have to peel off before the installation. Very easy to use when it comes to appliqués or posters but much more difficult to install when you have to match long strips side by side like a mural. (2) The first strip is the easiest. The problem begins with the second strip. It is very difficult to match because it does not slip. You can remove it to reposition it but if you do more than 2 times, the glue is much less effective. The strips are normally 48 inches wide. Bubbles are often a problem. (3) If you choose that option, make sure you get a professional hanger to do the job. (4) The life of a peel and stick is evaluated to 3 to 5 years. The colors will fade rapidly after that (5) Do not leave it more than 5 years because the paint and parts of the wall will come off when you remove it. The product is not reusable
C- High price - Heavy vinyl on wide strips (1) They will come on 3 panels of 48" (1,22m) by 8' (2,44m) high on a heavy PVC vinyl (2) The substrate is a high quality heavy PVC vinyl or canvas. (3) Installation should be done by a professional paper hanger. (4) The product is not prepasted. (5) The mural is easy to remove and you can reuse it. It will last 10 years and more.