Installing a Wellington Wrap on an Existing Support Post

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Tools and Supplies You'll Need

You can install Wellington panels easily using tools found in almost everyone's toolbox. To complete your project you will at least need these basic tools:

  1. Exterior Grade Screws — use screws that are long enough to go through the column. We recommend a narrow head screw (such as a #1 Roberson head trim head screw) to make touch-up easier and less noticeable.
  2. Construction Adhesive/Glue — we recommend either PL® Premium Construction Adhesive, PL® Premium Advanced 3X Construction Adhesive (which has 3X faster bonding), or Great Stuff Pro.
  3. A saw for cutting columns – a circular saw, jig saw, band saw, table saw, or hand saw, it is your preference. Any woodcutting blade used with these saws work great and cut smooth and easy.
  4. Tape Measure
  5. Level
  6. Caulking gun for applying the Adhesive/Glue and Caulk.
  7. FauxColumns color coordinated textured caulk.
  8. 2" x 4" lumber as needed
  9. Exterior grade plywood as needed


Below are directions on how to install a Wellington Column Wrap

Acclimatize column sections prior to install.

1.) Before you start, make sure the surfaces of posts, the columns, and the column cap are clean and dry. Acclimatize the Faux Columns, the post, the plywood and the lumber to roughly the same temperature and humidity for about 24 hours prior to installation. Avoid having any of these materials stored in direct sunlight, or close to heat sources.

A sub frame around your existing post provides a solid base for the decorative columns.

2.) In order to provide a secure and well anchored base for the exterior column wraps, a sub frame has to be constructed. Make sure to construct this structure (including the plywood) to fit the inside dimensions of the Faux Column Wrap. This frame had to be centered on the existing support post and securely shimmed to maintain a solid and plumb connection to the existing wood post.

A sub-frame for your column installation ensures a strong surface to apply the column wrap.

3.) Apply the exterior grade plywood to the wood sub frame to serve as the surface for attaching the Faux Column Wrap panels. Dry fit the sections of your faux stack stone columns wraps onto the structure to ensure proper sizing.

Hint: leave a small amount of extra room for the thickness added by the adhesive that will be used between the panels and the plywood.

Apply adhesive to your wrap sections as instructed.

4.) Apply a bead of glue/adhesive to the perimeter of the back of one of the faux column wrap panels, roughly an inch from the edge. Apply additional glue/adhesive to the rest of the back of the panel in a zigzag pattern with beads of glue/adhesive not more than 4" apart or so. Add a small amount of glue to the inside of the interlocking "fingers" of the exterior column wraps. Then add a small amount of color matched textured caulk to the edges of the "fingers" where they will join with the next section of the column wrap.

Install the faux column sections to your plywood and frame with a slight twisting motion.

5.) Apply the faux column wrap to the plywood using a slight twisting motion to help ensure a good contact with the glue/adhesive, and the plywood. The PL® Premium Advanced 3X Construction Adhesive will help to hold the individual panels in place on the plywood and give you some working time to put the other pieces up.

Repeat prior steps 4 and 5 as needed to clad your support post.

6.) Repeat steps 4 & 5 for each of the other sections of your exterior column wraps. Fit the interlocking "fingers" together for a nice, natural look.

Add screws as needed to the wrap to ensure a strong, durable hold.

7.) Make sure the exterior column wrap is level and all the fingers fit together nicely. Fasten the sections to the plywood with screws all around the perimeter at roughly one foot apart or less. Additional screws are needed in the middle of each section of column wrap at a rate of about 1 screw per square foot. All screws should be very slightly recessed below the surface of the panels (Do not over tighten the screws!). Hint: Placing screws under protruding rocks, in crevices, or grout lines, to help conceal them will give a cleaner/more realistic look.

Wipe off excess caulk that may have squeezed from the column joints.

8.) Before the texture caulk dries be sure to use a damp rag to wipe off any excess that may have squeezed out from the joints between the sections. Click here for more details on caulking columns. (Use the textured caulk to conceal the screw heads as well.)

Our exterior column wraps are designed to be stackable.

9.) Now you can start the next row up if you are installing multiple rows of exterior columns wraps. Repeat steps 4-8 as needed for remaining rows of stack stone column sections to be installed. Note: The stack stone column sections were designed to butt up to each other bottom to top. This joint should also be caulked to ensure a tight seal and a seamless look.

Cut the column cap piece as instructed to fit your post correctly.

10.) When attaching a column cap to your column wraps, cut the cap into two halves. This cut should be made along the diagonal by following the original creases of the cap in order to help hide the seam. Then make a cut out in each of the two cap halves to allow them to fit around the existing structural/support post.

You may need to file down faux stone protrusions.

11.) To obtain a good tight fit for the two halves of the column cap, you may need to shave and/or file down slightly some of the stone protrusions in the top 1.5" - 2" of the wrap sections.

Apply glue to the top of the wrap sections and sub frame to hold the cap firmly.

12.) Apply glue to the top of the stack stone column and to the wood sub-structure in order to best secure the Column Cap in place. Glue the two halves of the cap together and set it in place, making sure to press down firmly. Use screws to attach the two halves of the cap to each other, the wrap sections and the sub-structure.

Just a few more finishing touches and then you'll be done.

13.) Lastly, you may need to do some touch up work on your stack stone column. With the matching touch-up kit and textured caulk, repair any scuff and abrasions from cutting or filing your column wrap sections and conceal screw heads as needed. Click here for more details on Touching Up Columns. Now stand back and admire your handiwork. (Note: In the project shown above, the customer added additional wood to the structural support post to create a dramatic tapered look.)

Important Info...

Be sure to follow and obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers.

Always follow any, and all, local, state, and federal building codes.  Always comply with any specified clearances set forth by the manufactures of stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and any other heat sources, as well.