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Pressed Tin Backsplash - Instalation

August 05, 2019 2 min read

Pressed tin panels are quite thin and easy to cut and install, but you'll need to get a few tools and materials together before beginning the project.

Gather Your Equipment

Electric Drill, Tin Snips, Gloves, Safety Glasses, High Tack Adhesive (such as Liquid Nails) & Foil Tape

Prepare The Wall

  • Be sure to fill in any uneven areas of the walls surface where the tin will be applied. Bumps and depressions in the wall will make the backsplash wavy.
  • Sand the area smooth and wash to remove any grease or dirt from the walls.
  • Go over the wall with a medium-grit sandpaper to help rough up the finish and help the panel adhesive stick better.

Trim The Tin Panels

*** Please note that when the tin is cut the edges will be very sharp, so be sure to use gloves when handling it.

Measure your wall space and locate cutouts for electrical switches and outlets.

  • Transfer these measurements to the tin and trim the tin panels as needed to fit.
  • The factory edge of the tin should sit on the countertop and the top of the panel should be trimmed to fit flush against the cabinet.
  • To cut out for outlets start by drilling several starter holes around the perimeter. Cut with the point of the snips, using small short cuts to keep from leaving ragged-looking edges.
  • If you need a bend in the tin use a square and flat surface, such as the edge of the counter top, to fold the panel along a marked line.

Install The Backsplash

Apply the adhesive and spread it across the back of the panel. Run the bead approximately one inch in from the edge. Use a latex adhesive so any squeeze-out can be wiped away with a cloth.

As you fit it in place, try not to bend the tin: the more bends it has in it, the less likely it is to hang flat and smooth on the wall.

Keep a wet cloth handy to wipe off any excess liquid nails that may squeeze out of the overlapping seams.

If any of the seams between panels are uneven or open, use foil tape to hold down the edges of the temporarily until the glue dries.

Finishing Touches

Decorative cone head nails can be used in each corner and/or on the overlapping seams and are available at most home improvement stores.

Caulk is commonly used where the factory edge of the tin meets the countertop.

Where the top trimmed piece of tin meets the cabinets , a small beveled molding (1/4" round) can be used, but because this edge is not normally visible, it can be left untrimmed.

A small decorative wood molding @ 1/2" is generally used to cover the outside edge of the panel if it ends on an open wall.