The following 12 steps are just an overview, please obtain & read the complete installation instructions before installing.
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STEP 1: Bring SpeedCove to room temperature.
STEP 2: Prepare the floor and wall; scrape or grind high spots so pieces fit snug (if applicable, cut and remove bottom 4, 6 or 8 inches of (FRP) fiber-reinforced wall panels**).
STEP 3: Cut SpeedCove to size with chop saw, utility knife or diamond wheel grinder.
STEP 4: Vacuum floor, wall and SpeedCove pieces.
STEP 5: Dry fit all pieces without adhesive to double check measurements.
STEP 6: Apply full spread of adhesive to back of SpeedCove, including all butt joints, and a full spread to the floor at base to support and adhere entire coving section. Use enough adhesive to eliminate all voids. Must be glued, SpeedCove is not a nailed-on product.
STEP 7: Press all pieces firmly into wall and floor starting with inside corners (pieces can be tacked with a 18-gauge pin nailing gun where needed).
STEP 8: Patch joints and transitions.
STEP 9: Smooth a bead of adhesive where cove transitions into floor to hide bottom edge and seal top transition watertight to wall.
STEP 10: Sand patching marks and transitions to hide joints, where needed.
STEP 11: Wipe down with acetone or compatible cleaner.
STEP 12: Install floor coating extending seamlessly up walls to cover SpeedCove and joint to wall.
* NOTE: Installer is responsible to test all adhesives, patch materials and coatings for bond strength and compatibility before installation.
** SpeedCove requires a FULL SPREAD of adhesive on the back and bottom of cove base to create a water- and chemical-proof joint between wall & floor and to eliminate voids where mold & mildew can form.
SpeedCove should not be installed over fiber-reinforced panels (FRP) on walls
It should only be directly adhered underneath to the solid wall substrate. FRP must be terminated above the SpeedCove in the FRP manufacturer's J-mold/termination strip; and, the joint must be sealed water tight with an appropriate adhesive and coated with the finish epoxy; or, seal joint with a #10 "food grade" silicone over the dried epoxy finish.
Important Note: The FRP should be cut off the bottom of all walls, removed, and finished off with the manufacturer’s channel strip so the SpeedCove can be adhered below it to the solid wall substrate. This will ensure that the SpeedCove will stay strongly bonded to the wall and create an overlap joint that will keep water out.
STEP 1: SCRIBE THE FRP WALL WITH BLOCK AND FELT PEN: Use the 4” or 6” high scribe block of plywood, scribe a line with a black permanent pen along the wall, sliding the block across the floor. This will give you the correct height off the floor verses snapping a chalk line which doesn’t account for minor highs and lows in the floor. OR clever/faster way is to set 4” grinder blade on top of scribe block and slide around the room cutting FRP at the perfect height.
STEP 2: CUT FRP AND REMOVE: Cut the FRP 1/8” deep using a 4” grinder with a diamond blade taking the entire line off. A depth gauge for cutting can be made with your scribe block build out to the correct thickness. This will leave FRP about 1/8” to 1/4" above the cove base so there is room to adjust the channel strip. Don’t cut deeper than the FRP thickness or wall strength will be compromised.
STEP 3: RELEASE LOWER PORTION OF FRP ADHESIVE WITH TOOL: Slide a 5-in-1 tool or small pry bar under the cut and tap with hammer to release FRP adhesive along entire bottom of cut so channel can be installed.
STEP 4: CUT AND INSTALL CHANNEL STRIPS: Cut horizontal channel strips to fit between vertical channel strips and slide them on from one side to another using a thin putty knife to open it up. Push them up as far as possible for now.
STEP 5: INSTALL COVE BASE AND SEAL THE JOINT: Scrap and vacuum the wall and install the cove base to the solid wall substrate. Slide the horizontal channels trip back down until it touches the top of the cove base. Seal the joint between the top of the cove base and the FRP horizontal plastic channels trip. Use an adhesive that will bond to the plastic strip, and that can be coated with epoxy; or use a #10 “food grade” silicone over the dry epoxy finish.
For aligning pieces:
For patching joints and transitions:
The same 2 part epoxy or polyurethane joint & crack patching materials can also be used to fill joints and transitions, as long as it is non-shrinking and sandable. It is also best to use something that is slightly resilient so joints don’t show if there is any expansion/contraction in the room. Some installers even use Bondo for the joints. All materials should be tested for bond strength & compatibility before use.
For furring out and filling in hollow spots:
How to Calculate the Amount of Adhesive Needed:
1 gallon (4 quarts) of adhesive is needed to install about 100 ft. of 4" SpeedCove or about 75 ft. of 6" SpeedCove.
Popular Adhesives for Installing SpeedCove:
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Additional tools needed if working with FRP: