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Back Splash Helper

Our 18" x 24" Tin Backsplash Tiles are available in 9 different designs, all with a 6" repeating pattern. The 6" patterns have a low profile (1/8" or less) and are often preferred because of the pattern size in relation to the size of the area. Even though these patterns are also available in a 24" x 24" nail-up tile, the 18" height of our backsplash tiles offers convenience when installing in the counter-to-cabinet clearance.

The Nailup tile is used for this application utilizing a construction adhesive (i.e. Liquid Nails and/or AcrylPro) to adhere the panels to the wall. Backsplash tin is easy to maintain, and is suitable for spaces that produce high temperatures.

What You Will Need:

  • Pressed Tin Sheets
  • Edging and Inside Corner Molding (optional)
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Sandpaper
  • Tin snips or other metal cutting tool
  • Drill
  • Foil tape or blue painter's tape
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Wet rag
  • Caulk

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

7. A clean, finished look can be achieved with Edging and Inside Corner Molding that can be coated to match your wall tiles while covering the edges and cut ends of the tile.

Backsplash Installation Videos

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

If you choose to paint your metal tiles, be sure you use an oil-based primer and paint as the metal will rust if a water based product, such as latex, is used. Clean the unfinished metal tiles with alcohol and a soft, lint-free cloth before painting. Use care not to scratch pre-painted finishes during installation.

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