Small Wall® FAQ

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Small Wall® FAQ's
  1. Why is Small Wall® better than other materials such as cardboard, poster-board, foam-board or dry-wall?

    Small Wall® is a closed-cell, non-porous surface, which means the paint and therefore the color sit on top of the surface, just like a primered wall. Color representation is exceptional with Small Wall®, and the panels won't warp when the paint dries. Other materials, such as cardboard, poster-board and foam-board absorb paint and color. Colors will appear darker on those materials and they all warp or curl when the paint dries.

    Dry wall must be primered before applying color; it is also heavy and messy. Also, in many communities, construction materials such as dry-wall cannot be disposed of in the garbage, and must be handled separately.

    Unlike poster board or cardboard, which can't be recycled after they have been painted, Small Wall can be re-painted multiple times, reducing environmental waste.

  2. How many times can Small Wall® be repositioned on the wall?

    Depending on the cleanliness of the wall, Small Wall® should be able to be repositioned a dozen times. If you are using it on new construction, where there is a lot of dust, which will contaminate the adhesive, you may only get three or four uses before the adhesive looses its tack.

  3. Some painters and decorators recommend using styrene sheets. They are non-absorbent. Aren't they just as good?

    Styrene is non-absorbent. However, styrene sheets have a slick surface, which can adversely affect paint adhesion. Small Wall® panels have a slightly textured surface, similar to a primered wall and they were designed to accept color. Paint adhesion is excellent with Small Wall®.

  4. Why wouldn't I just test paint colors on my walls? I am going to paint them anyway.

    The challenge with sampling color on the wall is that the sample is static. You can only see how the color will look in the place you painted it. Color is significantly affected by context and light.

    Stand in the middle of a room and observe how the color on your walls changes as you look around the room. The same color on a wall opposite a window looks very different from the way it looks in a corner. Notice too how a color changes depending on the colors around it. You need to see how your color choices look relative to other colors in the room or even in adjacent rooms. Small Wall® panels allow you to move your color choices around the room so you can see them in different light and in the context of other colors.

    Also, if you sample color on your walls, you will have to primer, the samples, and possibly sand them down to ensure they don't show through your finished color. Even if the color doesn't show through, texture from the sample brush or roller strokes may.

  5. Can I paint on my Small Wall® panels more than once?

    Yes, just like your walls, Small Wall® panels can be painted and re-painted multiple times. Also like a wall, if you paint a lighter color over a darker one, it can affect how the color looks. Small Wall's® color representation is best when painted new. Eventually, the adhesive will loose its tack, but the surface can be painted as many times as you like.

  6. Where can I purchase Small Wall®?

    See our "Get Small Wall" page.

  7. What is the story behind Small Wall®?

    Small Wall® was invented and brought to market by Julie Boney, a housewife and mom. Julie and her family moved a number of times with her husband's career, and with each move they painted their new home. Julie was never satisfied with the conventional methods for sampling paint colors and she was convinced there must be a better way. Small Wall® was born out of Julie's frustration and her desire to solve the problem of paint color selection. After a number of years of trial and error, what began as an idea in Julie's basement has become a nationally marketed product.