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What is linkrust. Scope of application, technology applied to the surface

What is linkrust. Scope of application, technology applied to the surface 1877 year, UK. At this time, Frederick Volton invented linkrust – a wall covering. Initially, the material was made in the form of a mass in which sawdust, linseed oil, wax, and some other components were mixed. The mass could hold the relief required for the surface.

In modern conditions linkrust is produced mainly from resins of synthetic origin, sometimes from natural oils, to which fillers are added (wood or cork flour, pigments and plasticizers).

Although there are manufacturers that produce material only from substances of natural origin. Linkrust is an alternative to stucco due to the fact that it can hold the desired relief. It is plastic, tolerates high temperatures, does not require high professionalism at work. On the basis of linkrust, wallpaper is produced (they, by the way, can be treated with oil paint), which is an environmentally friendly option for finishing the room, moreover, it is enough long-term use. An example of the longevity of the material is the fact that the rooms in Buckingham Palace are decorated with linkrust a hundred years ago and still look great.
The material is in demand around the world. Its application is not only in simple decoration of rooms, it is also used by designers.

Linkrust is sold in rolls of twenty meters length. The width varies from five hundred to nine hundred millimeters. Material is not painted on production. This is done after installing and drying the material. You can paint with oily or enamel substances of the desired color. After all the work has been completed, the seams between the material canvases are not visible, and the surface is perceived as a whole.

Linkrust is quite simple to install, especially for those who have already had experience with wallpaper. First, the surface is prepared (sockets, switches, baseboards are removed). Then it is necessary to clean the wall of old materials, plastered, putty cracks. Then the working area must be sanded, dust removed and treated with a primer. After which the surface is dried for three days. Then put the finish half-putty. Then it is necessary to dry again, then carefully clean all the remaining minor defects using fine sandpaper and ground again. After drying, proceed to the application of linkrusta.

Here is an experience with wallpaper. Rolls should be cut into pieces of a certain length so that the pattern and ornament coincide. Prepared canvases should be rolled up and placed in water with a temperature of 50-60 degrees for seven to ten minutes. Then the sheets are rolled (face up) in a pile on a smooth surface. Excess moisture must be removed, for example, with a napkin or rags. Then, the prepared linkrust is kept until softened and completely shrunk for about 8-10 hours. It is recommended to do preparatory work in the evening in order to start pasting the next day. If to glue the cloths which did not shrink, then cracks in seams can appear.

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