Efex™ decorative latex appliqués are completely flexible so they simply flex to fit any surface they’re applied to. They can also be stretched up to 2% to ensure a tight fit. No special tools are required beyond a pair of scissors or knife and a good contact cement.
These latex appliqués have been hand made in New Zealand for over 40 years from original plaster moldings taken from pieces in England and France.
Are They Simple to Use?
Efex™ can be applied to almost any surface; wood, plaster, metal, glass, and terracotta by using a standard contact glue. We recommend using DAP® Weldwood contact cement, it’s the best one we’ve used so far. Apply to back of the appliqué and to surface you’re attaching to. Press the two surfaces together once the glue is dry to the touch, and its done! You can start finishing your piece once the appliqué is attached.
If you’re using a different brand make sure you check the manufacturer’s instructions, these may differ from brand to brand. Don’t use epoxy or PVA glues as they will not adhere.
Where Can I Use Efex™?
Efex™ can be used anywhere around the home including kitchens and bathrooms. Use on furniture, walls, doors, or mirrors. Use to create picture frames and boxes. In fact, if it needs decorating this is the product for you. They can be used outside too! For garden uses such as terracotta, store inside during extreme winter weather, or in a sheltered area.
I Glued My Efex™ on…Now What?
Efex™ can be painted, stained, or gilded. Just apply your favorite finishing product to get any look your heart desires. From shabby chic, to elegant French…the possibilities are simply endless!
How To Apply
1 – Design your project. Take a little time to pick out the pieces you like, and then follow the old adage, measure twice, cut once.
2 – Fit the moldings before gluing and cut them to size. Remember, you can stretch Efex about 2% in many directions. You can hold the appliqués on with tape to see what they will look like before adhering them.
3 – Mark and cut your moldings to size. Use a sharp knife, such as a X-Acto or utility knife, or scissors to cut.
4 – Glue on with a contact type glue. We recommend DAP® Weldwood Contact Cement. Apply glue to both piece you are working on and to the back of the appliqué. Once the glue is dry to the touch, in about 15 or 20 minutes, press the two together. Note, all brands of contact glue have directions, please read the directions! You can clean up the glue with mineral spirits on a rag if you want cleaner edges. Otherwise, when the glue is completely dry, which will vary depending on glue used, humidity and drying temperature, you can start finishing your project.
5 – When your glue is dry, let your inner creative self out! Paint, stain, gild, crackle, wax, finish with your favorite technique. The possibilities are endless, so get started today!