General Installation

General Installation

For the typical do-it-yourselfer, the installation of Aspect peel and stick metal tiles is a relatively easy project that adds instant style to your kitchen or bathroom. Read these instructions completely before you start. If you have doubts about doing this installation, you should contact a qualified contractor, carpenter or a professional installer. For additional information please refer to the full Aspect Tile Installation Guide (PDF) Here’s an installation video

Installation Overview

Plan – There are many tile patterns, from basketweave to herringbone to stack bond. Choose the design that best fits your style and decor.


Lay out & measure – Measure the area to be covered. Lay out the entire project on a flat surface, like a table or the floor, before installing the tiles to be sure you have enough tiles and your design is correct. Using a chalk line, create at least one vertical and one horizontal reference line to guide tile placement. Install Tiles – Aspect allows for two easy installation methods: Method 1 requires wall preparation. Method 2 requires additional adhesive.
method 1
Method 1: Proper wall preparation is required for this application. Aspect can be installed over most structurally sound substrates if they are clean, flat, smooth, dry, and free of dust, wax, soap scum and grease. Acceptable substrates are drywall, plaster or clean, smooth tile (glazed, porcelain type tile; not porous or textured). Any damaged, loose or uneven areas must be repaired, patched, leveled and primed. Fill cracks and irregularities with wallboard compound or spackling, then sand smooth with fine-grade sandpaper.

The substrate to which you are applying Aspect tiles must be primed with a fresh coat of high-quality oil-based (not latex, vinyl or PVA-based primer). Tile application to latex -based paints or primers will cause adhesion failure. Check out our recommended primers.

method 2
Method 2: If you do not intend to prepare, sand and prime the surface, an additional adhesive should be used. We recommend a high-quality polyurethane construction adhesive be applied to the back of each tile in these cases. Be sure to remove the release film on the back of each tile before applying additional adhesive. Apply no more than about five pea-sized dots of adhesive to the back of a full tile (see below). Keep the adhesive a half-inch from the edges. Firmly press the tiles into place. If adhesive squeezes out around the tiles, be sure to wipe it off before it dries. Check out our recommended adhesives. For peel and stick outlet cover and switchplate laminates that match every Aspect color, see DIY Decor Store to purchase. For additional information on substrate preparation in a water-prone area, see the Aspect FAQ’s.