Metal Backsplash Installation Guide
CEILING TILES BY US METAL BACKSPLASH INSTALLATION GUIDE FOR:
- MILLFINISH ALUMINUM“MUST BE PRIMED & PAINTED”
- TRADITIONAL FINISH OF WHITE CLEAR COATED
- SPECIALITY FINISH
- PREMIUM FINISH
- ARTISIAN FINISH
- SOLID COPPER & AGED COPPER
3 EASY STEPS • 4 HOURS – Estimated time 4 days for ceramic tile
Since backsplashes are in a damp environment, it is recommended that a clear-coat,copper, white or specialty finished panel be used. This is to avoid watermarks that can stain “uncoated” material.
REQUIRED TOOLS: Tape measure, pencil, level, caulk gun, Liquid Nails® 601 for Projects, cotton gloves, guillotine cutter or standard tin snips, blunt chisel, and painters’ caulk (clear or silicone). OPTIONAL TOOLS: T-square, latex-based tile adhesive, trowel, brad gun, drill, driver bit, 1/32 drill bit (for pilot holes), authentic cone head nails (or 1” all-purpose screws), hammer.
STEP 1-SURFACE PREPARATION
Backsplash panels can be applied directly to an existing surface that is relatively flat, free of flakes and chips, and cleaned for proper adhesion; It can also be applied to a new surface such as 3/8” or ½” plywood (preferred) or drywall.
It is important that the first panel be installed level and square on the wall. First hold a panel in place on the wall. Using your pencil, draw a small vertical hash mark on the wall. Place the panel aside and using your level, lay it against the hash mark. Now strike a vertical line on the wall. This will become your guide to assure the first panel is installed correctly.
NOTE: Templates for outlets, windows, etc. should be cut prior to beginning actual installation.
STEP 2-COAT AND INSTALL PANELS
Since backsplashes are typically installed in high-use areas, the panels are susceptible to impact. To avoid unwanted imperfections, the backside of each panel must be coated with either a thin even coat of Liquid Nails 601 for Projects (when installing over an existing substrate) or a latex-based tile adhesive (when installing on a new surface). Make sure the Liquid Nails and/or tile adhesive sufficiently fills the embossed crevices.
While still moist and pliable, place the first panel into position, gently pressing the panel against the wall surface, allowing the Liquid Nails or tile adhesive to ooze into all the crevices on the embossed panel. The adhesive will hold this panel in place while you repeat the procedure on a second panel. Note: the second panel will overlap the first panel by 3/8”. Once the overlapping panel has been installed, use a clean, non-abrasive cloth to wipe away the excess adhesive or Liquid Nails before it hardens. Continue with the remaining panels in this same manner until the entire area is completed.
STEP 3 – CAULK SEAMS AND SEAL THE PERIMETER
To prevent moisture from getting behind the panels, a light amount of clear caulk or silicone should be laid down on the area where the panels overlap. After all of the panels are installed, apply a light amount of caulk around the entire perimeter of the backsplash, being sure to wipe away any excess caulk.
Special Note for Polished Copper and Polished Brass finish Applications**The material requires special attention when installed as a backsplash. Spray the back of the panels with clear coat acrylic to protect the finish. Allow it to dry overnight before installation. This will protect the metal from reacting with the fill compound.
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When using Ceiling Tiles By Us Inc. panels for a backsplash, nailing is the traditional method of installation. Using this method provides a classic finished appearance with authentic cone head nails completing the overall look. If using nails, the surface must be 3/8” or 1/2” plywood. Drywall can be used, however, nails may pop over time. After completing STEP 2, carefully drill pilot holes through the “dots” (raised buttons) on the perimeter of the panels. (Generally, it is not necessary to nail the center of the panels).
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