Tools and supplies needed:
- Protective eyewear or safety goggles
- Measuring tape
- Straightedge or Speed Square®
- File or sandpaper
- Miter box (manual or powered)
- Jig saw (if cutting for power or light receptacles)
- 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 adhesive on the back side of the Aspect wood tiles is engineered to stick to flat, primed, smooth walls. Allow the tiles and substrate to come to room temperature (65°F to 100°F) before installation. If you are using installation Method 1, proper wall preparation is required. 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.
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. Be sure to remove the release film on the back of each tile before applying additional adhesive. Apply some pea-sized dots of adhesive to the back of a full tile (see right). 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.
Installing first tile
Here’s where the fun begins. Be sure the substrate is clean and dry. Remove the adhesive liner from the back of the tile. The first tile and all other tiles that abut an inside or outside corner will need to have the overlap notch cut away so there is a straight edge. Use your miter saw to cut the notch and create a straight edge. File and/or sand the cut edge smooth.
a) For backsplash.
Working from lower right to left, make sure the overlap notch is always in the upper left position as shown in image 1.
b) For an accent wall.
Working from upper left to right, make sure the overlap notch is always in the lower right position as shown in image 4.
Do not apply pressure to the tile until you are sure of your placement. If alignment is true, apply pressure to the whole tile. The aggressive design of the adhesive does not allow for repositioning after the tile has been pressed in place. If the tile is affixed but not aligned properly, see the Removing Tiles section, below.
A manual or powered miter saw is the recommended cutting tool for the wood tiles. Use a jigsaw for cutting notches or other more intricate cutouts such as an electrical outlet. Leave on the adhesive liner for measuring, drawing lines and cutting tiles. Measure and layout on a tile where the cut must be made and cut the tile. Take the cut tile (adhesive liner still on tile) to the work space and place it in its intended location, ensuring it fits properly. Cut and install all remaining tiles using the same steps described above. When tiles are installed to your satisfaction, press each again firmly with your hand. This will ensure that the adhesive bonds to the substrate. To cut tiles for electrical receptacles or other cutouts that occur within a single tile, first mark on the tile face the area to be removed. Measure and mark the area to be removed approximately the size of the outlet box. Do not allow the tile to touch the receptacle itself. Use a jigsaw for cutting out around receptacles. NOTE:When working around any electrical outlet, be SURE to turn the power off at your fuse box.
Many types of edge trims can be found at your local home center. Wood tile edges sanded smooth look great too. If a cut edge showing exposed wood doesn’t match, use stain to color the edge to your satisfaction.