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 BeginInstalling Aspect peel & stick matted metal tiles is a simple, exciting project that adds instant style to your kitchen or bath. We have deliberately overexplained the tile installation. Have fun with this project. It’s going to be easy and look great!
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.
LayoutMeasure the first area to be covered by Aspect material. We recommend you lay out the entire project on a flat surface, like the counter top, a table or the floor, before adhering to the substrate, to be sure you have enough tiles and your design and layout is correct. This will also give you good reference as to how the tiles will look on your wall. As each project is different, be sure to plan for cutouts, corners or edge treatments before applying tiles. One popular layout method is to begin from the inside corner of your counter and work across left to right. This method allows you to use two points of reference, your vertical wall and horizontal counter top. Note — when using these two points of reference, be sure to check them for level on the horizontal plane and 90°on the vertical plane. This will prevent any problems as you build your backsplash. Lay a 4’ level on top of your counter top or backsplash return lip if you have one. If the counter is level, use it as your reference. If not, identify the high point(s) of the counter top. Draw a horizontal line using your level and snap a reference line to indicate the high point (figure 2). Snap a reference line to indicate the top of the first row of tiles. The top edge of the first row will be installed along this line. Use a level or measuring tape to mark the vertical termination point of your installation (figure 3).
Installing Your First TileInstallation Methods – Aspect allows for two easy installation methods: Method 1 requires wall preparation. Method 2 requires additional adhesive.
Method 2 Here are the recommended adhesives:
- PL™ Premium
- PL™ Premium Advanced
- LaPage™ PL Premium (Canada)
Cutting tilesIf cutting tiles is necessary, use one of our recommended tools listed above. A jig saw is the recommended cutting method. Alternative cutting methods are a miter box or hack saw for any necessary straight cuts. Use a hole saw or coping saw for circular cuts or electrical outlet cutouts. If a jigsaw is used, adhere the tiles to a solid substrate (E.g., plywood) with masking tape. Use a 60 (minimum) tooth-per-inch blade for cutting. Measure where the cut must be made (figure 8). Map out and mark the cut using masking tape to cover the surface of the tile. Cut the tile using the recommended cutting tools (figure 9). Take the cut 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. Allow 24 hours for the adhesive to set before exposing them to a heat source (such as a stovetop or oven). Clean or touch-up tiles with glass cleaner and soft cloth or paper towels. If desired, use a fine-grit sandpaper or a small metal file to debur the cut edges (figure 10).