Plankwall V10 is being increasingly used for high and sloping ceilings; it is attractive, offers thermal advantages and contributes to structural bracing. The one downside is that painting ceilings — particularly high and sloping designs — can be difficult. Plankwall's research into “Almost Finished” white panels will overcome this issue.
Plankwall is now offering a limited quantity of UV-coated test panels for use on-site. The panels are available at regular MDF rates for the limited quantities available.
"Almost Finished" panels are available in 9mm and 12mm sizes. The 1200mm wide panels have tongue and grooved edges. Fixing the panels uses water-based construction adhesives and a cordless angle bradder — no compressor required. This leaves only a small hole left by the fired brads (16 Gauge 1.4mm x 1.6mm Head Size 3.3mm x 2.0mm).
Plankwall is also testing the practicality of the builder then wiping a standard acrylic gap filler to mask the small brad hole. It is recommended the same filler is used to mask where the panels join. The panels may move in time.
Where scaffolding has been used to fix the ceiling, if this “Almost Finished” system is confirmed as suitable, the hindrance and cost of scaffolding is reduced. Considering a number of coats of paint are needed, the saving in labour and time could be days — resulting in further monetary savings.
The UV-cured “Almost Finished” surface is hard-wearing and resistant to moisture which contributes to panel stability. It is VOC free and environmentally sound. If subsequent water-based painting is desired, lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper.
It is likely 2,440 test panels are better suited for walls. Once Plankwall has site results confirming their in-house tests, and how the panels have travelled to site, they will then offer 2.7m and 3.6m options, to be used as intended, on ceilings.