O'verlays® come white, and are paintable. We recommend painting the Overlays before applying to a surface. Before painting, clean the O'verlays® surface with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) with a soft cloth to remove any residues. To paint, we recommend using a latex or acrylic paint or Spray Paint. Chalk paint works well on O'verlays® too. Please follow the manufacturers instructions for applying and dry times. Do not use an Oil based paint. You only need to paint the backsides of the panels if they are being used on glass or mirror where the reverse side will be visible.
Make sure the surface is clean, free of grease and oils, and dry. You can use a clear silicone such as Liquid Nails Silicone Adhesive, Glue Dots permanent adhesive (thick heavy duty size) or double sided adhesive tabs. For silicone, run a thin bead around the perimeter. For the Glue Dots and adhesive tabs, peel the backsides off of the adhesive tabs and attach each around the perimeter edge of the panel. Place a few in the center as well. Attach the O'verlays® by pressing and rubbing the panel firmly in place to attach the adhesive.
The adhesive will be slightly visible, so we recommend applying the O'verlays® to the side of the glass that is seen more. For example: the outside of a cabinet door. If you have an area that has high visiblity such as a window, we recommend installing clips such as those used on the back of a frame to anchor the O'verlays® or by purchasing 2 panels and applying to both sides of the glass.
There are several options to apply to painted wood surfaces or walls. First, always make sure the surface is clean and dry. You can use small brad nails on the corners. Gently tap the brads in with a small hammer, taking care not to hit the panels. Counter sink and cover the nail heads with a drop of paintable caulk or putty and then paint to match the panel. Apply an adhesive such as Liquid Nails adhesive to the back side. Set in place and press firmly. This application is a bit more permanent, and holds up well. You can use heavy duty double-sided adhesive tabs on the center and corners. Please note that if you want to remove the Overlays, the adhesive tabs can possibly damage painted surfaces. This can be resolved by sanding the damaged area and repainting.
O'verlays® can be trimmed using a sharp utility knife and a straight edge by gently scoring multiple times until it breaks free. Smooth any rough edges with fine grit sandpaper or an emery board.