Splashbacks: Why You Should Choose Pressed Metal
Pressed tin splashbacks are an amazing addition to your kitchen and the best part is they are incredibly simple to install! By following our easy steps below, you will have your kitchen looking stylish and modern in absolutely no time!
Preparing for installation
Before starting, any electrical switches or power points within the splashback area should be disconnected by an electrician. You will need to set up a workbench and install plywood backing to the entire splashback area to pin the metal panels to. We recommend that you do not install the pressed tin directly onto plastered brick or plastered walls. Although plywood is recommended, it can be applied direct to existing walls by using correct adhesive techniques and making sure the walls are flat, level and in a sound condition.
1. Decide on the pattern that you want to create with your pressed metal. There is no correct pattern, it is entirely up to you, but you may have to cut edges on the top of the panel to ensure that your pressed tin panels fit around your cupboards or range-hoods.
2. Once you have decided on your pattern and the layout of your pressed tin, place the panel on your workbench and mark it out very accurately where it needs to be cut.
3. Cut the panel to length by clamping a straight edge on the marks and then scoring the panel with a Stanley knife or trimmer. In order to achieve the best result, we recommend that you repeat this four or five times from one direction and then from the opposing direction.
4. Remove the clamps and straight edge and then move the panel to ensure that the cut line is on the end or side of the bench. Bend the panel down and then up again to snap it. (Note: do not force the snap too quickly or it will distort the pattern.)
5. Run a sanding block down the end of the panel, but do not sand the face.
6. Cut the panel to the height that you require.
7. Place the panel in position, ensuring it fits and is not too tight. If the panel is too tight then trim it again.
8. Apply Sikaflex Pro or Ritetack adhesive to the plywood in strips every 150mm, then place the pressed metal into position and gently press it.
9. Nail the panel using 20mm x 1.4mm wallboard nails at 150mm centres on the perimeter and 300mm centres through the middle.
Splashback painting and upkeep
Before painting pressed metal panels, an etch primer needs to be applied first. Use an oil-based product that is compatible with the etch primer and apply two or three coats, depending on the depth of colour.
Use a micro-fibre cloth with hot, soapy water to clean the splashback often in order to ensure there is no build-up of dirt or grease that could damage the appearance of your pressed metal.
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