IMPORTANT: In winter or in high-moisture seasons, Pole-Wrap needs to be acclimated. This means that you need to allow the product to adjust to its new environment before installation. The best way to begin this process is to take the Pole-Wrap out of the tube and (with the finish side up) lay it flat on top of sleepers (2x material) to keep it off the ground—and especially off the basement floor. This will allow air to freely circulate around it. Do not cut Pole-Wrap until it has been acclimated. Depending on the environment, allow it to acclimate for at least 2 days and up to a week. This will keep the joint stable and help eliminate shrinkage at the seam.
Step One: Measure the exact height of the pole to be covered. Spread Pole-Wrap on a flat surface and, using your pencil and straightedge, mark a horizontal line across the outside at the appropriate height measured. Next, cross-cut Pole-Wrap using a pull-saw. You may find cutting with an electric miter saw yields a better cut providing you use a carbide-tipped 96-tooth blade. Cut with the wood rolled to the inside—backing facing out.
Step Two: Measure the circumference of the pole. Using a utility knife, cut one slat larger than the circumference of the pole leaving approximately 1/8 to 1/2 inch of extra width/overlap (see Fig. 1). The amount of adhesive to be applied later will take up the slack so the Pole-Wrap ends will meet.
Step Three (IMPORTANT!): Use your hands to flex (break down) each slat, so that each slat moves freely and will adhere evenly to the pole surface (see Fig. 2).
Step Four: Using your straight edge and pencil, mark a vertical line on the pole where you want your seam. Using a caulking gun, apply full 1/4 inch beads of adhesive directly onto the pole 1/4 inch away from the line on both sides. Then apply adhesive horizontally around the pole about every 6 inches—starting 1 inch down from the top and 1 inch up from the bottom (see Fig. 3 above).
Step Five: After the adhesive is applied, promptly position Pole-Wrap around the pole. Begin by affixing the inside middle and then wrap to the outside edges. Use masking tape to secure Pole-Wrap in position for drying. Wrap tape about every 2 feet, making sure Pole-Wrap ends meet evenly.
Step Six: After the adhesive has dried, remove tape and trim away any excess adhesive with a utility knife. The surface can then be painted or stained as you would any other wood surface.
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