DIY Fiberglass Basement-Wall Panels

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Fiberglass-reinforced plastic panels, also called FRB panels, make an interesting option as a wall covering for areas prone to collecting moisture, such as basements. The panels have strong moisture resistance and good durability. They typically come in 4-foot by 8-foot sections and with plastic molding or trim. Although some installers bond the panels to the wall with rivets, installing them with just a specially formulated adhesive also works well.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Level, 4-foot
  • Corner molding
  • Silicone sealant
  • Trowel
  • Adhesive
  • Laminate roller
  • Cap molding
  • Division bar
  • Saw
  • Extend a tape measure 48 inches, the width of a panel, from the corner -- and make a mark at the top of the wall. Make another mark at the bottom of the wall. Connect the lines using a 4-foot level, and check for plumb. You're making these 48 inch marks to ensure that the 48-inch-wide panel is installed plumb, or vertically true.

  • Install the corner molding. Place silicone sealant into the channels to bind with the panels.

  • Place adhesive on the back of the panel. Cover all areas of the panel evenly with the adhesive.

  • Slide the panel into the channel of the molding. Ensure that the panel aligns with the plumb line. Leave a 1/4-inch gap between the top and bottom of the panel and the ceiling and floor to allow for expansion.

  • Take a laminate roller and press the panel into the wall. Cover all areas of the panel with the roller.

  • Place sealant into the channel of the cap molding, and fit it over the top of the panel.

  • Place sealant into the channel of the division bar, with the one-piece molding between the panels. Slide the division bar into the panel.

  • Apply adhesive to the next panel, and install it as you did the first.

  • Continue installing the rest of the panels, using the same method you did for the first two panels. Cut any end panels and molding to length when you reach a corner. Measure the length from the last panel or mold to the end of the wall. Cut the panel or mold to fit.

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