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1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 97 (63)

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition
1953-54 Theatre Catalog
1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 97
Page 97

1953-54 Theatre Catalog, 11th Edition, Page 97

around sharp corners without cracking. All necessary tools and instruction manual are available in a Bolta Wall-Tile installation kit which is carried by all dealers selling the tiles. Other accessories such as the Bolta-Wall Size #127, adhesive, corner stripping and a special colored filler designed to conceal minor errors in workmanship are available from the same dealer.

Application of Bolta Wall-Tile

Bolta Wall-Tile may be applied to the same wall surfaces as Bolta-Wall with the exception of areas where it would be exposed to constant water splash or sprays In these areas, Bolta-Wall installed by a professional mechanic using a special method of sealing and trim is recommended.

For the theatre, Bolta Wall-Tile makes a modern and practical wall covering for lobby or lounge. (The material may also be applied to ceilings.)

In planning the installation of Bolta Wall-Tile, the following procedure is recommended. Measure up the wall from the lowest point of the baseboard to the desired height such as 32 inches, 40 inches, 48 inches. (Height should be a multiple of the tile size.) From this point, snap a chalk line, using a bubble level to make the line absolutely level. From' the center of this line, step off 8-inch spaces using one tile as a marker. If the last opening is less than 4 inches, shift center mark so as to leave as large a tile at each corner as possible. Once the center line is determined, drop a chalked plumb bob line and snap as a guide for the first row of tiles. : '

When corner stripping is used, plan to apply the stripping first and work from the center of the wall area toward the corners. Once the position of the first row of tiles is determined, apply one or two gobs of the Bolta-Wall adhesi\'e using the notched spatula in the tool kit. Spread the adhesive with the notched trowel, holding trowel at right angles to the wall for proper distribution. When adhesive is applied sparingly, a smooth lump-free installation results.

Embed the first tile firmly in the adhesive being sure to level accurately at level line. Place adjoining tile tightly against the first, making sure to alternate the tile direction each time to produce the ficheckered" or parquetry effect. Do not slide tiles in place as this causes adhesive to ooze out.

To mark a tile that must fit into an irregular space, first wipe the wall area clean of adhesive. Place a whole tile exactly on top of the nearest adjacent whole tile. Using a second tile as a gauge, mark the loose tile with a pencil. Cut along the pencil mark and try the piece for size.

As adhesive begins to set up, rub the surface of the tiles with a damp rag or Sponge and wipe dry with a clean dry Cloth. Joints between tiles and between door casings, baseboards, window casings, etc, may be concealed by applying Bolta-Wall colored filler using a regular putty knife or finger tip. Be sure adhesiw is dry before applying colored filler 11S Wet adhesive might tend to discolor the filler. Apply filler sparingly and remove excess with a dry clean cloth. Filler is used for appearance only.


Like Bolta-Wall, the Bolta Wall-Tiles require only a periodic cleaning with a damp cloth or sponge. Use a mild soap if necessary. Never use gasoline, turpentine, paint thinner, cleaning solvents or abrasive cleaners on Bolta-Wall or

Bolta Wall-Tiles.

Developmen'l of These Wall Coverings

In developing Bolta-Wall and Bolta Wall-Tile, the manufacturer carried on extensive research for a number of years. Already producing vinyl plastic upholstery material, Bolta sought to bring to walls the same washable beauty and durability that their BoltaHex brought to furniture and seating.

Vinyl plastic materials such as these are made up of various ingredients including resins, stabilizers, plasticizers, pigments, etc., that are mixed according to a formula. When the amount of ingredients or a different type of ingredient is used, a plastic formulation with different characteristics is produced.

In experimenting with wall covering, Bolta soon discovered that the formula which makes a fine upholstery plastic does not necessarily produce a suitable wall covering. The company then set about to develop a formula that Would overcome the problem of applying vinyl plastic materials to walls.

During this research period, much time and study were given to the matter of dimensional stability. It was obvious that a wall covering should not shrink or expand with age as this would result in open seams or a buckled surface. By using various types of plasticizers, a material was produced that passed the most rigid tests. As a result, Bolta-Wall has dimensional stability to a degree

never before attained in plastic wall covering, Plasticizer migration and volatility are apparently zero for there is no loss in weight in the material even when tested at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for thirty days. Seam contraction under test conditions was found to be negligible.

Another major problem which was overcome was the matter of sulphide staining. This represented a danger in those parts of the country where there is sulphur in the air or water. By experimenting with a lead-free stabilizer, Bolta worked out a formula which not only prevented sulphide staining but also gave the material a marked increase in resistance to fading. As a result, Bolta-Wall colors have maximum durability. They have retained their original appearance even under tests which would ordinarily cause loss or extreme fading of colors in vinyl plastic materials.

The blend of ingredients in Bolta-Wall also makes the product highly resistant to damage from such chemicals as greases, oils, kerosene and dilute acids and alkalis. Some materials, of course, will stain BoltaeWall-no type of plastic is completely stainproofebut most stains can be removed without damage to the decorative surface. It is also unlikely that such staining agents would come in contact with Bolta-Wall under normal usage.

Already installed in homes, offices, institutions and business establishments across the country, the new Bolta-Wall is fast gaining acceptance. Theatre managers desiring walls that keep their attractive appearance and dont have to be re-done each yearewalls that are quickly and inexpensively cleaned with water and a damp spongeemay well investigate the possibilities of this new development in wall covering.

ONE END of a huge calender in the Bolta plum, Lawrence. Mass., used in rolling vinyl-Purcplex formulations into sheeting for wall covering. From such machines the Bolta-Wall product emerges.
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