Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tin Backsplash

Tin Backsplash is a great new product that gives the appearance of tin but is actually plastic. This is a very affordable way to update the backsplash in any kitchen. The panels are thermoplastic and come in 18 X 24' pieces. There is a variety of colors and patterns that are available on the market. These great panels come in Silver, Bronze, Copper, and Smoked Pewter. They range around $20.00 a sheet but it does not take much to apply them. They work behind the stove as long as there is a four inch range between the tile and the heat source.
A tin backsplash can be applied right over old wallpaper and ceramic tile and only takes a few hours to accomplish. They can also with stand repeated washings as long as a harsh abrasive is not used. Dish washing liquid should do the trick.
  • Clean the surface and remove all grease.
  • Remove all outlet covers
  • Cover your countertops to protect them.
  • Measure the space that you are aiming to cover.
  • Use a carpenters square and a marker to keep your lines straight.
  • Mark off your measurements on the back side of the backsplash.
  • A utility knife or a good pair of scissors can be used to cut this product.
  • Determine the space where your outlets will be and cut the hole using the utility knife.
  • Apply a generous amount of construction adhesive about two inches away from the sides of your sheet. You can go to the top under your cabinets. Make a square box with an X in the middle with the construction glue and apply your piece.
  • Keep good pressure on your piece to allow a good bond.
  • You can by sheets that stick right to your light cover that you can cut so that your light covers will match.
  • There is edge trim and inside corner trim that applies to the edges to get a nice finished look.
Instead of adhesive you can also use double sided sticky tape if you are a person who likes to make changes often. This alternative solution will save your wall from all the glue and allow you to easily remove the tiles at any time. But if you want it to last over along period of time I suggest the glue.
This is a quick reference on how to install these tin sheets but you will be amazed by how easy they are.

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