Plastic wall panels are a useful alternative to more traditional wood panels or wallpaper and paint coatings. Plastic panels install from many of the same methods used for wood paneling. Unlike wooden panels, however, plastic panels are not susceptible to rot or skew in high humidity. The plaster also creates a slightly clean surface, with colors that last for years without bleaching. Quick installation is mainly cutting the panels to fit, and then screw them into place. You can fill a room installation in a single day, giving it a new look in a few hours.
Remove existing trim or baseboard from the wall with a pry bar. Work down the board; pull out each nail until the card is free. Remove electrical outlet cover with a screwdriver. Measure the length of the plastic wall panels, then cut the J-trim with a table saw, using a fine tooth saw blade to fit. Connect the trim on the wall, using masonry nails for walled walls or screws for wood walls and a hammer or screwdriver, placed every 18 inches along the trim length.
Measure the height of the plastic wall panels with a tape measure and cut the lower edges of the panels to fit using the table saw. Cut the locations of any wall socket in trim, using a knife and straight edge to measure the panel on the box location several times until you cut through the panel. Snap the edges of adjacent panels together, using the staple stitches. For rule walls, place the panels so that nail slots center along the wall rails. Locate wall controls with a control detector and mark stud locations on the walls with chalk for easier positioning.