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Ready to bring your clients’ project to life with easycraft? We’re bringing you trade tips from our founder and cabinet maker, Guido Bloch, as well as other trade specialists in the industry.

Installing easycraft where your existing skirting boards are thinner than the panels

If your easycraft panels are thicker than the existing skirting boards in the room you are working on, remove the skirting boards first then install your easycraft boards.

You can then either reinstall the existing skirting board on top of the panels for a more cost-effective job, or install a brand-new skirting board. Depending on the depth of the door frame, you can either finish with a small expansion gap, and seal with a flexible sealant, or create a shadowline by leaving a larger gap.

Take care when prepping for wet areas

easycraft panels intended for use in wet areas, such as easyULTRA can be successfully installed either on a batten system, or fixed directly to the wall. Either way, ensure that a high quality wet area paint system is applied to give a long lasting finish, and then maintain according to the paint manufacturers instructions.

Top Tip: It is desirable that you seal the panels all the way around with a high-quality waterproof – and preferably paintable – sealant.

What you NEED in your easycraft toolbox
  1. The best tool for straight and accurate cuts on easycraft panels is a track saw. This is a must-have, especially if you plan on using the panels for smaller installations and custom projects. Alternatively, a circular saw will do the job as well.
  2. No DIY project is successful without a tape measure!
  3. Don’t forget your level to make sure your easycraft panels are installed plumb.
  4. It is ideal to use a nail gun to make light work of installation. But if you don’t have one handy, you can always screw and plug the panels. Whilst you can use adhesive glue only, you won’t get the same longevity and sturdiness. There’s also a risk they will fall off, especially if you try to hang anything on them.
Be meticulous when mounting items on your panels

Before you even think about installing your easycraft panels on a wall, do your due diligence and check where any cables or pipes might be hiding.

When it comes time to fix your television or shelving in place, it is preferable to fix them over a stud or brick wall, and not just rely on fixing them into the panels.

Be adaptable when installing around doors

If you’re working with a metal door frame it’s best to cut up to the frame and then gap-fill around it. This ensures a pleasant, seamless look. Alternatively, you can install an architrave over the top to cover the join or gap.

If you are installing around a timber door frame, you can take the architraves off, install your easycraft panels up to the frame, and then re-install the architraves back on.

Leave a gap when placing panels around an air conditioning unit

If you plan on installing panels in places where there are already fixed units, such as air conditioning systems, always leave a bit of space between the panels and the unit to allow for any future maintenance – in some cases the air conditioning unit will need to come off completely.

You can then go around it with L-shaped pieces of timber to give the installation a nice finished edge.

Can I butt-join my easycraft panels?

Butt Joints aren't typically recommended because easycraft panels are made from a timber-based substrate that will naturally expand and contract as the moisture content changes with humidity, air-conditioning, or other environmental factors.

However, if a butt joint is unavoidable, make sure that you give the panels plenty of time for the moisture content to adapt to the environment that the panels will be installed. You should also make sure to allow for an expansion gap between panels. The longer the panel – the larger the gap required. Consider using a timber moulding to cover the join or a trim to accommodate expansion.

Another option is to create a shadow line effect by deliberately leaving a sharp-edged space between the panels. In a recent ceiling application of Silhouette Cove, we saw that instead of butt-ending the ceiling sheets, the building team purposely left a gap. This created a beautiful shadow line, and also made room for hygroscopic expansion and contraction.

Make panels ‘pop’ with the right finishing detail

easycraft panels will turn heads, but you can make them even more attractive by considering the right finishing detail for your project.

Whether you’re joining to a floor, a wall or finishing an internal/external corner, choosing the right trim can give even the most average corner a decorative effect – so don’t neglect those corner profiles.

Here are some suggested finishing options for common installation scenarios:
External corner – Y trim DTA Australia ALAY3.10MS
Wall to ceiling/floor – Quad or Scotia Moulding

For more options, please see page 14-16 of our Installation Guide (PDF).

Repurpose panels for ceilings

You already know how good easycraft panels look on walls – but did you know that easycraft is just as adaptable to ceiling projects?

Whether it’s a residential or commercial ceiling job (subject to NCC Spec C1.10), you can install our fantastic range of easycraft panels on ceilings for a truly striking look. From the stunning Silhouette series to the modern Ascot.Vogue to the multipurpose easyVJ and more. Just make sure you keep in mind any weight requirements when installing panels on a ceiling.

Pick the right size to suit your project

Every space and project is unique in its own way. So having a one-size-fits-all panel isn’t ideal when it comes time to install your walls and ceilings. easycraft panels come in a range of different sizes, which means they can be used for horizontal and vertical walls, as well as ceiling jobs.

In many cases, having different sizes to choose from eliminates the need to cut your panels on-site – you can simply install them, paint and enjoy your new room! easycraft panels are sold through our extensive network of timber and hardware stores across Australia, and your trade rep will be able to provide you with the cost of any easycraft materials you desire.

Choose an impact-resistant product

easycraft panels have been created with a diversity of applications in mind. They are just as eye-catching in residential projects as they are in commercial environments, and we know for a fact that the tougher your panels are, the better off your space will be over the long term.

Our products have been designed as high-impact-resistant panels, which makes them the ideal choice over plasterboard and cement sheets. In fact, our fabricated walls have up to 300% the impact resistance of ordinary plasterboard and up to 50% greater than high-impact plasterboard. You can see how easycraft panels stack up against the rest in our Performance Consideration brochure (PDF).

Use pre-primed panels to save time

Pre-primed panels save time, money and plenty of headaches when creating the perfect space. easycraft panels make your life so much easier because they are ready to paint as soon as they are installed.

When using traditional plasterboard or cement sheets, a painter generally needs three coats to get the job done right. In terms of finalising your project, this can blow out timelines while adding unnecessary coats to your workload. With easycraft, you only need two coats of paint and your space is ready to go!

Store panels onsite 48 hours prior to installation

When planning your next job, be sure to have your easycraft delivery arrive at least 48 hours before installation.

This allows enough time for the panels to acclimatise. It also allows you to double-check that the quantity and product codes match the original specification (aka check that Chris, the apprentice, put the right order in).

Our fixing requirements explained!

When it comes to fixing easycraft sheets to studs, noggins or over existing walls, you need a flexible construction adhesive or stud adhesive (gyprock). You also need to fix it into the framework structure by using nails or screws. To help you visualise this process, we’ve got a great selection of installation videos you can check out! To make sure installation goes as smoothly as possible, we also have a recommended list of nails and screws for installing easycraft panels:

For nails

  • Using a hammer: 2mm x 40mm anti-rust bullet head nail (Walls and ceilings)
  • Using a nail gun: Paslode ND Brads 14ga x 45mm (Walls)
  • Using a nail gun: Paslode Duo-Fast C2.5 x 45 Ring Shark (Ceilings)

For screws

  • ICCONS: Self-drilling CSK head self-embedded head (part No. TP326) 8 – 18 x 20 or 30mm
  • ICCONS: Collated self-drilling CSK head self-embedded head collated (IC Find #344C or 346C) 8-15 x 20 or 30mm

View our Wall and Ceiling (PDF) Installation Guide (PDF) for further information when it comes to fixing our panels.

Our panels can be curved upon install

easycraft's general purpose interior panels can be curved to a certain degree when installing. To get it done right the first time, you'll want to use the panel curvature guide within our Installation Manual (PDF page 19).

Our internal tests show that VJ100 boards will bend equally, with either the VGroove profiled face on the concave or convex side. You can also score the rear side of the panel so that it may be manipulated further if you're looking for a more significant curve.

*easycraft will not be held responsible in any way for breakage that occurs while attempting to bend a profiled easycraft panels. They have not been manufactured to bend across the profiled face.

If you'd like further advice about achieving excellent results when it comes to curvature for your clients, get in touch with one of our sales managers, who would be happy to help!

Lining directly against the frame is A-OK!

Just like plasterboard, easycraft linings can be fixed over steel frames. We recommend using the following screws when fixing the panels to a steel frame:

  • ICCONS: Self-drilling CSK head self-embedded head (part No. TP326) 8 – 18 x 20 or 30mm
  • ICCONS: Self-drilling CSK head self-embedded head collated (IC Find #344C or 346C) 8 – 15 x 20 or 30mm

    You can view our easycraft Installation Guide (PDF) ...and if you're installing a product from our Silhouette range be sure to check out our Silhouette Installation Guide (PDF).

    You don’t necessarily need insulation for the panel installation. However, you’ll need to adhere to the National Construction Code for thermal requirements. We also recommend painting/sealing the rear side of the sheet in case it’s exposed to condensation and moisture.

    When it comes to external cavities and envelopes where condensation and moisture are an issue, painting/sealing the back of the sheet minimises the potential for water absorption.

Abide by the wet area codes

easycraft isn’t just for general living spaces. We also have a range of panelling solutions that can be used in wet areas like bathrooms and laundries. However, these spaces may require a water-resistant material according to your governments standards.

For example, a shower recess (up to 1800mm high) behind a bath or vanity must have a water-resistant material like tile, stone or glass to a height of no less than 150mm above the vessel (where it’s within 75mm of the wall).

Bottom line: it pays to know the code.

Just remember that the easycraft Silhouette range should not be used as a splashback or wall/ceiling lining in a bathroom or laundry. It’s only available as a general-purpose material to be used as an internal lining for walls and ceilings.