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Pressed Tin Backsplash - Instalation

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.

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

  • 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.

    *** 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 countertop, to fold the panel along a marked line.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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