Linkrust or linkrusta one of the modern finishing of rolled materials, characterized by good strength, durability, hygroscopicity. Invented in 1877 by Frederick Walton, this material is still very widely used in the decoration of various premises.

The name "linkrust" comes from the English brand Lincrusta-Walton, which in turn is derived from the Latin word "linum" meaning flax, and "crusta" which means relief. Linkrust is a a rolled material on a fabric or paper base coated with a thin layer of plastics from natural materials or alkyd resins.

Linkrust is applied in exactly the same way as any other types of Wallpaper. In particular, it is good to use for decoration of kitchens because it is easy to clean and can withstand the processing of the weak disinfecting solutions. Linkrust can be painted with oil paint.

The technology of sticking lincrusta on the walls has some features.  So, the preparation of walls for finishing lincrustom includes the following stages. Old plaster from the walls should be removed, then it is necessary to apply a new plaster, wipe it and iron it. The dried wall surface must be treated with pumice stone or ordinary brick, wrapped in sandpaper.

Thenwith the help of a dry cloth the wall surface should be cleaned from dust and primed a blend of natural linseed oil (2 kg), minium iron grated (1 kg) and siccatives for curing the composition (50 g). After priming the walls should be dried for 2-3 days, then by re-puttying and priming, allow to dry for another few days. Only then can you begin gluing linkrusta.

Cut linkrust for gluing should be with a margin of 10 cm for shrinkage.  Prepared linens should be rolled into rolls and soaked in hot water (about 60 ° C) for 3-5 minutes. Then the rolls need to be placed vertically, drain the water, and then roll the lincrust through the floor face up.

Leave linkrust for 10-12 hours to soften and shrink.  If this is not done, later when gluing the lincrusta between the joints of the sheets, crevices are formed, up to 10 mm. After shrinkage it is necessary, having pressed to the lincrusta canvases a long rake, to cut the edges from both sides. This is necessary to ensure that the joint between the canvases is almost invisible.

Glue for gluing linkrusta used polyacrylic or Bustilat. Paste linkrust on flour or starch paste, adding 200 g of wood glue.

Smeared painting linkrusta glue, you can proceed directly to the gluing. The first leaf is to be applied exactly vertical to the plumb line, all subsequent paintings are aligned to the previous one.  It is important to tightly press the edges of the sheets together to avoid the appearance of slits. When sticking, the linkcrust should be immediately smoothed, otherwise wrinkles can form.

Dry trimmed linkrust wall should be within 7-10 days, then it can be covered with oil or enamel paint.  The crevices that appeared on the joints can be disguised with a half-oil filler, and after drying, wipe with a sanding cloth and paint 1-2 times with the selected color.