General Information

ekoa® is a pre-finished, durable surfacing veneer made of natural fibers (flax), plant based resin (up to 99%), and a backing material. A few different backings are available including: paper backed (cellulose), Peel N’ Stick backed and ekoa® is suitable depending on the application. It is designed for interior applications.

Sustainability Certification

Intertek Clean Air Gold, Mindful Materials, see Health product declaration for more below

Technical Data

Roll48” x 48’ (0.61m x 90m) maximum length – custom lengths available
Thickness~.03”
CompositionNatural Fiber, bio-based resin, cellulosic backing and/or PSA adhesive
BackingVarious colors and materials including Peel N’ Stick
Weight29.7 oz/yd2 (1006 gsm)
Limited Warranty5 years

LEED v4

Credits for finishing products can be earned after calculating the combined performance of all the products used on a particular LEED project; no single product can guarantee you will obtain LEED v4 credits. ekoa® can contribute to the following LEED credits (points): Low-emitting materials.

Storage, Conditions, & Acclimation

ekoa® should be left on the roll until ready for installation. Store rolls standing on end, never laying down. Keep in a cool, dry place and out of direct sunlight. Allow a minimum of 24h to acclimate in a climate controlled environment, set up as per installation instructions.

Ekoa® Peel N’ Stick Installation Instructions

Tools Needed:

  • 6” plastic squeegee (or wider)
  • Cutting mat or cutting surface
  • Single edge Razor blade
  • Box cutter
  • Straight edge
  • Tape measure
  1. Select horizontal or vertical surface to mount ekoa®
  2. Determine grain orientation and decide which orientation you want the ekoa® surface.
  3. Measure area (twice!).
  4. Determine the number of ekoa® strips needed.
  5. Clean surface of any dirt, dust or flaking paint.
  6. Start mounting.
  7. Use a level if helpful.
  8. Begin top down if applying with grain vertical.
  9. Peel off first two inches of PSA backing and bond the ekoa® to the wall.
  10. Gently peel back backing and squeegee down from the middle working outward to ensure there will be no bubbling.
  11. Work your way down until you reach the last few inches of the ekoa® strip.
  12. Determine final cut length.
  13. Mark trim line very lightly with a pencil, or preferably, use tape to mark. Please note that dark marks will show through any light colors.
  14. Cut to final length.
  15. Marker edges with stain pen as needed.
  16. Start second strip with a corner adjacent to the previously mounted strip by rolling back an inch of PSA.
  17. Align the second strip with the first strip by using the edge of the latter as a guide.
  18. Repeat steps B-G.
  19. For final strip, allow to overhang edge if applicable and trim back excess.

Ekoa® A&D Surface Installation Instructions with Vacuum Bag or Cold Press

ekoa® Surface can be installed much like you would install plastic laminate. However, there are differences and it is very important to read these instructions thoroughly to ensure proper installation. We also  highly recommend that this product be installed by a professional installer with experience in installing plastic laminates. If one is not available, it is recommended that the installer produce a mock-up, completing the entire procedure with a small sample.

Installation areas should be environmentally controlled by a permanent functioning HVAC

system, ideally maintaining a temperature range of 65°F-75°F, with relative humidity no more than 50%. ekoa® Surface should be removed from its packaging, and laid out on a clean and flat surface to rest for 24 hours prior to installation.

Like any natural material, natural ekoa® Surface materials are susceptible to absorbing moisture from the atmosphere until they have been installed and sealed properly. Extended exposure to an uncontrolled environment at any time prior can result in dimensional change and warping.

Balanced Layup

Due to the strength of the ekoa® veneer, it is important that the layup be balanced in nature.  By this we mean both sides of the plywood (or other substrate) must have either ekoa®, or if you are using a one sided ekoa® layup, the other side must have a strong balancing backer, such as GatorPly , Wilsonart, Amerhart.

Failure to properly balance the layup can cause the plywood to warp due to the strength of the material. If you need support with this, please contact hello@lingrove.com for product support.

Application

  1. Substrates including cabinet grade plywood, MDF Hardboard, particle board are all compatible with ekoa® Surface. All substrates should be clean, have a smooth surface and be dust free. If you are unsure if the substrate is appropriate a small test should be performed first. Plywood with voids or a rough surface should not be used as the voids/surface will show through to the surface of the ekoa®.  TIP: It is a good idea to ease the edge of the substrate with a 150grit sanding block to eliminate any small burs that could come free and get trapped between the surfaces. Afterwards vacuum the surface.
  2. Prepare the ekoa
    • a. It is IMPORTANT that both the ekoa® and the substrate be free of any loose debris that could get trapped between the ekoa® and the substrate as it is glued down. Clean the substrate twice with a vacuum and slightly damp cloth, allowing it to thoroughly dry. Be sure to vacuum both sides of the ekoa®.
    • b. You may have a prepared pre-cut piece of ekoa® cut to your dimensions. Otherwise, ekoa® should be cut larger than the plywood substrate to allow flush trimming (routing) later.
  3. Prepare the substrate: Substrates including cabinet grade plywood, MDF Hardboard, particle board are all compatible with ekoa® Surface. All substrates should be clean, have a smooth surface and be dust free. If you are unsure if the substrate is appropriate a small test should be performed first. Plywood with voids or a rough surface should not be used as the voids/surface will show through to the surface of the ekoa®.   TIP: It is a good idea to ease the edge of the substrate with a 150grit sanding block to eliminate any small burs that could come free and get trapped between the surfaces. Afterwards vacuum, the surface.
  1. Apply PVA glue:
    1. Glue only needs to be applied to one surface. We recommend applying it to the substrate not the ekoa®.
      1. For vacuum bag layup we use a clean ¼” nap paint roller.
    2. Apply the PVA glue following the manufacturer’s instructions regarding quantity temperature, clamping time, open time etc.
    3. Line up the ekoa® along one edge and one end and gently roll the ekoa® down into the glue.
    4. Lightly press the ekoa® into the glue, smoothly to get rid of the large bubbles.
      1. You do not need to worry about small bubbles, the vacuum bag or the press will take care of those.
    5. After you adhere the first side, you are ready to adhere the remaining side. Now, flip the substrate over and repeat the process on the second side with your chosen backer or your second ekoa® surface skin. (As with any layup, Do this soon after as this is part of balancing a layup.) NOTE:  As with any woodworking or construction, you should ensure that you are working in a clean, dust-free environment.
    6. Before putting the layup into a vacuum bag or press, be sure there is no glue on the face of the ekoa®. If there is glue on the surface, wipe it off immediately with a damp cloth, then dry it thoroughly before proceeding.
  1. Clamp the ekoa® layup
    1. After applying the glue, slip your layup/panel/project into the CLEAN vacuum bag or press and apply the pressure that the PVA glue manufacturers recommend for clamping time.
  1. After the glue has dried you can remove the new panel from the vacuum bag or press.

TIP: If, after your layup is vacuum bagged or clamped, you notice cured glue on your ekoa® surface, you may sand or buff out the glue with 1500 grit dry sandpaper.

ekoa® A&D Surface Installation Instructions With Contact Cement

Lingrove’s recommended method of adhering ekoa® is using PVA glue, however ekoa® Surface can also be installed much like you would install plastic laminate using contact cement. However, there are differences and it is very important to read these instructions thoroughly to ensure proper installation.  We also  highly recommend that this product be installed by a professional installer with experience in installing plastic laminates. If one is not available, it is recommended that the installer produce a mock-up, completing the entire procedure with a small sample.

Required tools:
– Rubber J roller
– Trim router with down cut shear
– Flush cutting bit
– Such as Amana Tool – 47094*
– Razor
– knifeSanding block
Consumables:
– ½” nap paint roller and frame
– Paint Trays
– Rags
– DAP 00272 Original Contact Cement or DAP® WELDWOOD® Nonflammable Contact Cement
– 120-150 grit sandpaper on sanding block
– Finishing pen (supplied)

IMPORTANT: Because of the natural material formulation many ordinary glues will not adhere. Only use glues approved by Lingrove when adhering ekoa®.

IMPORTANT: Do not unroll laminate until ready to apply adhesive and immediately install.

Installation areas should be environmentally controlled by a permanent functioning HVAC

system, ideally maintaining a temperature range of 65°F-75°F, with relative humidity no more than 50%. ekoa® Surface should be removed from its packaging, and laid out on a clean and flat surface to rest for 24 hours prior to installation.

Natural ekoa® Surface materials are very susceptible to absorbing moisture from the atmosphere until they have been installed and sealed properly. Extended exposure to an uncontrolled environment at any time prior can result in dimensional change and warping.

Natural ekoa® Surface materials are susceptible to absorbing moisture from the atmosphere until they have been installed and sealed properly. Extended exposure to an uncontrolled environment at any time prior can result in dimensional change and warping.

1. Prepare the substrate:

Substrates including cabinet grade plywood, ATX plywood, MDF, Hardboard, particle board are all compatible with ekoa® Surface. All substrates should be clean, have a smooth surface and be dust free. If you are unsure if the substrate is appropriate a small test should be performed first. Plywood with voids or a rough surface should not be used as the voids/surface will show through to the surface of the ekoa®.  

TIP: It is a good idea to ease the edge of the substrate with a 150grit sanding block to eliminate any small burs that could come free and get trapped between the surfaces. Afterwards vacuum the surface.

2. Prepare the ekoa®

It is IMPORTANT that both the ekoa® and the substrate be free of any loose debris that could get trapped between the ekoa® and the substrate as it is glued down. Clean the substrate twice with a vacuum and slightly damp cloth, allowing it to thoroughly dry. Be sure to vacuum both sides of the ekoa®.

You may have a prepared pre-cut piece of ekoa® cut to your dimensions. Otherwise, ekoa® should be cut larger than the plywood substrate to allow flush trimming later.

3.  Apply contact adhesive:

Re-read the contact adhesive instructions. Apply contact adhesive to the back of the ekoa® and the plywood substrate using a ½ in nap paint roller, per manufacturer’s instructions. We recommend two coats of adhesive to both surfaces, following manufacturer’s instructions for layering adhesive and ensuring even coverage.

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  1. When glue is ready to bond and the pieces are fully aligned, adhere to substrate:
    This step requires two people. It is also critical to remember that, with contact cement, once two surfaces touch, they will not come apart again, so make sure you get your alignment fully correct prior to making contact between the substrate and the ekoa
    ®.

    When the glue is ready to bond, align the pieces and adhere the ekoa® to the substrate, starting from either one end or from the middle out. One person will slowly roll the ekoa® down. Simultaneously, the second installer should roll out bubbles with the J roller as you go. 

    TIP: Placing some clean dowels between the ekoa® and the partially dried contact adhesive can be helpful for alignment.  (the contact adhesive once partially set won’t stick to the uncoated dowels) After aligning the ekoa® to the substrate remove the dowels one at a time as you roll down the ekoa®
  2. Rolling out:

Roll the surface with multiple passes in multiple directions using considerable hand pressure until the ekoa® veneer is adhered well to the surface. Pay special attention to the edges and corners, as those sometimes, are easy to miss.

After ekoa® is adhered, roll the entire surface out with a J roller, pushing any bubbles to the edge of the material.   

If bubbles do not come out with rolling, an alternate method is to puncture the ekoa® with a sharp razor knife, lining the blade up with the grain direction to ensure that the small slice is hidden. Followed by rolling the bubble towards the puncture with the J roller.

6.     Trimming: 

Trimming is best done with a trim router with a down cut shear flush cutting bit such as Amana Tool – 47094

After trimming a slight burr might occur along the trimmed ekoa® edge. This burr can be cleaned up with a sanding block loaded with 120 grit sandpaper, or a sharp block plane adjusted to a low setting (test first).

7.     Finish Check and Cleaning:

Clean installed product with a lightly-damp sponge. Dry with a microfiber cloth. Firmly press out any persistent bubbles with the J roller.

8.     Edge Finishing:

Color exposed edges with the supplied finishing pen as necessary.

9.     Check Final Finish:

As with any veneer product, bubbles may develop over a 24hr period. Monitor finish and press as necessary. A heat gun can be used to soften glue beneath Surface before going over with a J roller if required.  Use heating techniques at your own risk.  The puncture method outlined above can also be useful after heating.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding this application, contact us.

Email: hello@lingrove.com

Phone: +1-415-671-8191

ekoa® Wallcovering (with flexible cellulose backing) Installation Instructions

Tools Needed:
– Moisture Meter
– 6” plastic scraper (or wider)
– Rubber seam roller
– Paint roller + extension
– Laser level
– Single edge Razor blade
– Box cutter
– Straight edge
– Bucket
Consumables:
– ½” nap roller
– Clay wallcovering primer
– Clay wallcovering adhesive
– 120-150 grit sandpaper
– 80-100 grit sandpaper if necessary
– Clean rag
– Microfiber cloth
– Sponge

This product is designed to be installed by professional installers with sufficient professional liability insurance coverage (Errors and Omissions Insurance) for the project. ekoa® is a wall protection material and differs from wallcoverings in that it is thicker and does not bend into corners as a traditional wallcovering does. End cuts should be pre-trimmed on a work surface / work bench before installing.

Selecting Installers:

It is recommended to use an installer with experience in installing real wood wallcovering. If one is not available, it is recommended that the chosen installer produce a mock-up, completing the entire procedure with a small sample.

IMPORTANT: PRE-INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Acclimate materialA minimum of 24 hours before installation in a temperature controlled environment:
  2. Unpack and / or unroll material.
  3. If using a roll product that will be cut for installation, you may rough cut the material into sheets to help it relax/uncurl.
  4. Weigh down corners to help flatten it.

If using a seamless long rolled product that will not be cut for installation, unroll it  fully to lay it flat, and weigh down corners.

  • Installation areas should be environmentally controlled by a permanent functioning HVAC system, ideally maintaining a temperature range of 65°F-75°F, with relative humidity no more than 50% and not less than what is specified for your area in the AWI Quality Standards Section 1700-T-19, for a minimum of 4 days prior to removing the wallcovering from its packaging, maintained throughout installation, and for a minimum of 4 days following all installation steps.

  • Natural wallcovering materials are very susceptible to absorbing moisture from the atmosphere until they have been installed and sealed properly. Extended exposure to an uncontrolled environment at any time prior can result in dimensional change and warping.

  • Please DO NOT mark the back of the product with pen, pencil, or marker. Use painter’s tape for any marking needs. Mark with or on the tape.

Cutting & Trimming:

ekoa® can be cut to size using a heavy handled breakaway razor blade like the Olfa Extra Heavy Duty Utility Knife (XH-1) – 25mm. Be certain to use a FRESH snap of the blade for every cut. Cut from the back side of the product, marking with (or on) tape, not pen, pencil, or marker. Crosscutting will generally be more difficult than cutting along the length of the fibers, or “grain”.  Longer cuts requiring a particularly straight edge can be done with a standard hand router and straight edge. Edge finishing with 100 grit sandpaper is recommended after cutting.

ONCE YOU HAVE READ ALL PRE-INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS AND THE PRODUCT IS READY TO BE ADHERED:

1.     Evaluate drywall

Use a moisture meter to test the moisture content of the drywall, ensuring that it does not exceed 10%. It is very important that the temperature and humidity of the room remain constant until the product is adhered and cured properly. All drywall to which ekoa® wallcovering is to be applied is to be a Level 4 or Level 5 finish, free of dirt, dust, and defect, including voids and raises. A non-smooth surface will result in telegraphed imperfections and/or poor lamination. Beginning of installation indicates acceptance of the drywall and jobsite conditions by the installer.

2.     Sand drywall

120-150 grit sandpaper, use 80-100 grit for a first pass if the surface is very rough. Level 4 drywall is sufficient. Wipe down drywall and back of wallcovering to minimize dust.

3.     Apply primer to drywall

Do not thin the primer. Apply a wallcovering primer made for the selected adhesive. Follow surface primer manufacturer’s recommendation. (For example, if using Roman PRO-555 adhesive, use Roman recommended primers.)  Apply with roller recommended by manufacturer. Allow a minimum of 12 hours dry time. Always follow specifications provided by the primer supplier.

4.     Apply adhesive to drywall

Do not thin the adhesive. Apply a high-strength clay-strippable adhesive (like Roman PRO-555) with a ¾” nap roller. Heavy coat. Allow 40-45 minutes dry time prior to applying wallcovering. Always follow specifications provided by the adhesive supplier, and be sure to use an adhesive compatible with your primer. 

5.     Apply adhesive to back of wallcovering

Apply the same adhesive from step 3 with a ¾” nap roller. Allow 5-10 minutes to dry prior to applying to drywall.

6.     Apply wallcovering to drywall

Apply pressure to the surface using a metal wallcovering smoother. Use a 6” or wider, working from top to bottom. Scrape out air bubbles. Reposition wallcovering as you move downwards as necessary to maintain butting with the next piece and/or alignment with laser level.

7.     Finish top and/or bottom edges

Baseboard or floor finish should be applied after the wallcovering to conceal cut edges.

8.     Check adhesion and finish

Check for air bubbles underneath wallcovering using a metal wallcovering spreader. Pay close attention to adhesion of edges. Roll edges with a rubber seam roller as necessary. Wipe down any adhesive on wallcovering or squeeze-out. Use a damp sponge to clean.

PROCEED TO HANG ADDITIONAL SHEETS ONLY AFTER EVALUATING THE FIRST PIECE AND ENSURING PROPER INSTALLATION. If you have any questions or issues with installation, please contact our team for support.

9.     Repeat steps 5-8 for each successive piece of wallcovering

Check for color inconsistency across the width of each piece of wallcovering. There will usually be a darker and lighter side on every piece. Bookmatch dark to dark, light to light. Butting is recommended over double cutting.

10.  Finish Check and Cleaning

Clean installed product with a damp sponge. Dry with a microfiber cloth. Firmly press out any persistent bubbles with the metal seam roller. Denatured alcohol or bleach can be used in place of water if necessary. Do not use acetone to clean the wallcovering.

11.  Check Final Finish

Bubbles may develop over a 24hr period. Monitor finish and press as necessary. A heat gun can be used to soften wallcovering before going over with a seam roller if required. Use heating techniques at your own risk.

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding your application or installation please contact us.

Email: hello@lingrove.com

Phone: +1-415-671-8191

 

Other Preparation & Installation Instructions

ekoa® surfaces can be used in a variety of vertical and horizontal surfacing applications, as well as 3D molding processes.

Adhesives:

ekoa® surfaces will work with most pressure sensitive and hot melt adhesives. Processing temperatures above 160F are not recommended. Depending on your backing option, lightly sanding the backing with a 40 or 60 grit sandpaper may improve adhesion, although ekoa® is designed to be installed without sanding. Always be sure to test your specific substrate and adhesive combination with ekoa® before installation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding specific adhesives, please contact us.

Substrates:

MDF, OSB, particleboard, plywood, cork, hempboard, hardboard, aluminum, plexiglass, glass.

Cutting & Trimming:

ekoa® can be cut to size using scissors or a razor blade. Crosscutting will generally be more difficult than cutting along the length of the fibers, or “grain”.  Be certain to use a FRESH NEW BLADE and cut from the back side. Longer cuts requiring a particularly straight edge can be done with a standard hand router and straight edge. Edge finishing with 100 grit sandpaper is recommended after cutting.

Edge Sealing:

ekoa® will not require edge sealing for most applications. In particularly humid or wet environments, especially where the material may regularly come in contact with liquids, the edges should be sealed with a polyurethane pen before installation.

Surface Repair:

Small repairs can be made with a polyurethane pen to correct color and Behr Matte Clear Water-Based Interior Fast Drying Polyurethane to correct scuffing and light scratches. Contact us to discuss options if significant damage occurs to your ekoa® surface.

Coating to Restore Appearance or Refinish

If any burnishing were to occur during fabrication, a new appearance can be restored with a water-based matte urethane finish coating applied to the product. Examples of these coatings are:  Behr and Varathane. Please use the manufacturer’s application instructions along with these Surface Preparation techniques.

Surface Preparation:

Remove all wax or cleaner build-up with denatured alcohol.

Application:

  1. Do not shake or thin.
  2. Do not apply in direct sunlight or in temperatures below 55°F (10°C) or above 90°F (32°C).
  3. Stir thoroughly prior to and during use.
  4. Using a high quality extended Paint Roller with a ⅛” Nap apply a continuous, even coat following the direction of the grain.
  5. Roll continuously from edge to edge
  6. Be sure to maintain a wet edge.

Dry time:

Dries to the touch in 1 hour. Additional recoats can be added after 1 hour. After final coat, allow 12 – 24 hours.

Sanding:

Sanding the topside of ekoa® surface is not recommended.

 

Maintenance Instructions

Routine cleaning will help improve the lifespan of your ekoa® surfaces. Dusting with a soft brush or microfiber cloth should be done as necessary. More significant cleaning can be done with a damp sponge or microfiber cloth. Denatured alcohol or bleach can be used in particularly demanding applications. Do not use acetone for cleaning ekoa® surfaces.

Remove chewing gum with a gum removing spotter. If a solvent is used for removing gum, immediately rinse the surface with clean water and allow to dry.

Limited Warranty

The Customer shall understand that the materials will perform satisfactorily when installed in strict compliance with the manufacturer recommendations. If the Customer is unsure of these recommendations or did not receive installation instructions, the Customer can find them at https://lingrove.com/ekoa-biobased-veneer

This product consists of a natural composite surface laminated to a backer. Subject to the conditions and limitations herein, the Manufacturer shall warrant the bond of the composite surface to its backer from delamination for a period of no less than five (5) years, provided that installation instructions were followed. No other claims will be considered due to conditions including, but not limited to, variances in atmospheric conditions, skill level of the Installer, tool defect, chemical altering, surface conditions of substrate or improper use.

It is the sole responsibility of the Customer to inspect materials prior to use. The Manufacturer shall not be responsible for hidden or latent defects not discoverable upon initial inspection of goods. The Manufacturer, as its sole discretion, may require unused material to be returned for inspection and quality control testing.

The Manufacturer is not responsible or liable for any claims, damages and the like in any way related to or arising in connection with the occurrence or presence of any mold or other organisms that may grow in the covered or any other areas of the building. Customer will indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Manufacturer for any potential or realized property damage or health or safety issues because of airborne pollutants or any other type of hazardous materials or organisms found in the covered or any other areas of the building.

This Limited Warranty is the sole and exclusive warranty given by the Manufacturer. The

Manufacturer makes no other or additional warranty, whether expressed or implied, including, without limit, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, all of which are hereby expressly disclaimed. The Customer’s sole remedy and the Manufacturer’s sole liability shall be limited to product replacement. The Manufacturer will not be liable for direct, consequential or incidental damages, including without limitation lost profits, lost labor, punitive damages, loss of use damages, loss of value damages, damage to other property, etc., even if the Manufacturer is aware of the possibility of these damages occurring. All claims made under this Limited Warranty must be in writing to the Manufacturer within 90 days of the first knowledge of any defect, and within the warranty period or such claims are waived.

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