Innovative Results Gym in Costa Mesa bills itself as “Orange County’s only Adventure Gym”, and rightly so. Owner Aaron Guyett has gone to great lengths to create a Gym environment that invokes the feeling of being outdoors. Even the flooring is grass-like and the addition of a rock climbing wall is certainly adventurous. To pull this theme together, Aaron approached us to install large wall graphics in the form of photos of people enjoying outdoor activities here in Coastal Orange County.
To accomplish this we enlisted the aid of Shutter Stock which is a great source for finding photos and vector art work. A tip here: if you’re going to blow up a photo to the size of the murals we did make sure you download the highest resolution option available on Shutter Stock. You don’t want to lose any image integrity when enlarging the photo. Once we had the photos selected and approved, we had to determine the best approach to the material to be used and the width of the strips to be printed. If you print the strips too wide, it makes matching them up perfectly more difficult, albeit, smaller strips take more time to install. The end result was the decision to print on a calendared vinyl which we then laminated in a luster finish. The width we landed on was 30″. I believe the largest of the eight murals we installed required something like 39 strips.
The biggest concern about a project like this is making sure the wall surface is clean so the vinyl will adhere properly. If the surface is not clean you can bet the vinyl will peel sooner than you’d like. In an ideal world, the walls will have been freshly painted with a couple of weeks curing to boot.
If you’re considering a similar large format wall graphic project in Costa Mesa, give us a call to come out and do an onsite visit. That way we can recommend what kind of covering should be used (wall paper or vinyl or treated fabric) and consult on design as well. The wall paper and vinyl actually run about the same cost, though the wall paper is easier to install. This is because we use HP PVC free wall paper which has a built in adhesive (thus no paste mess).