Matted Metal Tile Installation

Matted Metal Tile Installation

Tools and Supplies Needed:

  • Protective eyewear or safety goggles
  • Straightedge or Speed Square
  • Pencil or other nonpermanent marker
  • Latex primer such as Zinsser® or KILZ® (or similar products, if method 1 is used)
  • Soft cloth
  • Chalk line
  • Level (2′ to 4′)
  • Fine-grit sandpaper (400-600 grit)
  • Caulk gun and caulk or Aspect trim (optional)

If cutting tiles, one of the following tools will be needed:

  • Jig saw (recommended)
  • Safety gloves
  • Masking tape
  • Miter box or chop saw (for straight cuts only)
  • Hole saw or coping saw (for circular cuts or electrical outlet cutouts only)

Before you begin

For the typical do-it-yourselfer, the installation of Aspect peel & stick metal tiles is a relatively easy project.

Read this installation manual in its entirety before you start. If you have doubts about doing this installation, you should contact a qualified contractor, carpenter or professional installer.

Due to manufacturing variations, we cannot guarantee an exact color match from lot to lot. Prior to adhering Aspect tiles to your wall, please unpackage & lay out all purchased product to ensure color consistency. If you encounter unreasonable color variation, please give us a call at 1-800-434-3750 (7am-4:30pm CST, M-F) so that we may assist you with your project.


Failure to follow recommended surface preparation instructions may void the warranty. ACP, LLC is not responsible or liable for any labor costs or damaged product incurred as a result of improper installation. All product defects are covered under our 5-year limited warranty.

Figure 1

The adhesive on the back of the Aspect Matted tiles is extra sticky and pressure sensitive

The adhesive on the back side of the Aspect tiles is engineered to be both highly-aggressive and pressure-sensitive (figure 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. Fill cracks and irregularities with wallboard compound or spackling, then sand smooth with fine-grit sandpaper.

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.

Allow the tiles and substrate to come to room temperature (65 to 100 degrees F.) before installation.