Back Splash Helper
What You Will Need:
Pressed Tin Sheets
Foil tape or blue painter's tape
1. Clean the wall where the backsplash will be installed. Check for bumps and dips on the wall. Sand off any bumps and fill dips with drywall compound. Then sand the entire wall with a medium grit sandpaper to help with adhesion.
2. Measure the area to be covered and transfer that measurement to the back of your tin sheet. Use the factory edge as the bottom and the cut edge as the top that will fit flush against the cabinets. Cut the sheet with tin snips, using the point to keep a nice smooth edge. Try not to bend the sheet while cutting or moving, as the bends will be hard to keep down on the wall while the adhesive dries.
3. Measure for outlets or switches that may be on the wall. Transfer those measurements to the fitted sheet. Use a drill to make a hole (or several holes) large enough to allow for using the tin snips, then use the snips to cut out the openings. The outlet covers will cover these cuts.
4. Spread adhesive along the back of the panel. Run a continuous bead about an inch from the edges. Pick the panel up and fit onto the wall. This is best done with two people. Press into place and hold for a few minutes while the adhesive sets. Use tape to hold down any edges or corners while the adhesive sets.
5. Apply a second panel if needed and slightly overlap the seams while ensuring your pattern is in line. Run a bead of adhesive near the edge of the overlapping piece. Wipe away any squeezed-out adhesive right away with a wet rag. Then place tape on the seam to keep it together tight until the adhesive sets.
6. Run a bead of clear silicone caulk along the bottom of the panel where it meets the countertop. Any decorative 1/2 inch wood trim can be used over an end of the panel if it's an open wall
Protecting Unfinished Material
Any raw metal material should be coated to protect the metal from oxidation, discoloration, and rust. For best results, consider a Clear or Colored Powder Coating as this will provide protection and durability. Otherwise, an oil-based primer or paint product will provide adequate protection. Do not use a water-based product, such as Latex, as this will promote rust.
Painting your Metal Tiles