Tools and supplies needed:
- Protective eyewear or safety goggles
- Measuring tape
- Straightedge or Speed Square®
- Leather work gloves
- Large (full-sized) Tin Snips
- Smooth head hammer
- Soft cloth
- Level (2′ to 4′)
- Caulk gun and adhesive (if using method 2)
- Latex Primer such as Zinsser® or KILZ® (or similar products) and paint roller or brush (if using method 1)
The substrate to which you are applying Aspect tiles must be primed with a fresh coat of latex primer such as Zinsser® or KILZ® (or similar products). Ingredients in “paint & primer in one” products can cause adhesion failure; as such, be sure to use a stand-alone primer. See below for Method 2 if you prefer not to prime the surface.
Occasionally, even after properly preparing the substrate, the surface can still have bows, high spots, ridges, or uneven areas. Place a level against the wall. If there is a 1/8″ gap or greater, use a filler such as spackling or drywall compound to fill in imperfections.
If cutting tiles is necessary, a large tin snips is the recommended cutting tool. Cut edges of the metal tiles can be sharp, so be sure to protect yourself with leather work gloves.
Tin snips can slightly bend the edge of the metal tile when cutting, we recommend straightening the bends using a smooth-headed hammer.
Note: Some distressed metal finishes may be prone to chipping during the cutting process. To avoid this, use a utility knife to scribe the line to be cut; then make the cut with a snips.
Cutting a straight cut with a snip
Tile after cutting with tin snips.
In this case, this is how our finished cut will appear on the wall. Note the extra vertical seams.