How do I need to prepare the wall before I install backsplash?
What can I use to cut the backsplash panels?
What kind of adhesive can I use to install backsplash?
If I choose to use tube adhesive, how much do I need to purchase?
What is Edge J-Trim, and do I have to use it?
What is Inside Corner Trim, and do I have to use it?
Can backsplash panels be cleaned?
Can I put up backsplash panels behind my stove?
What tools will I need to install backsplash?
During installation of my backsplash, some of the 100% Polyurethane dried on the finish side of my panels. How can I remove that?
How do I need to prepare the wall before I install Aspect?
Generally, Aspect can be installed over most structurally sound substrates if they are flat, clean, 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), concrete, smooth stucco, wood paneling, mirror, glass, metal, etc., Any damaged, loose or uneven areas must be repaired, patched and leveled. Fill cracks and irregularities with wallboard compound or spackling, then sand smooth with fine-grade sandpaper. Apply primer to assure good adhesion. Lightluy sand any shiny surfaces. If you do not intend to prepare the wall surface, you can use an additional adhesive as seen in our Installation Guide.
Can Aspect be exposed to humidity and/or water?
How can I make sure the tiles stick properly?
First, be sure to follow the instructions for substrate preparation. After you have the tile aligned where you want it, firmly press the tile over its entire surface area to be sure it adheres properly. You can test the adhesion by pulling slightly on the tile. It should be securely attached. If not, it might be necessary to add additional adhesive. Use a high-quality construction adhesive. Be sure to allow the adhesive 24 hours to set-up. Se below for additional information. Our recommended adhesives:
What do I do if my substrate is bumpy or uneven and a tile pops off?
What are the recommended tube adhesives that can be used if a tile pops up?
What are the reasons a tile may fall off?
Can grout be used when working with Aspect tiles?
Can Aspect be exposed to UV Rays and outside elements?
Can Aspect be exposed to heat?
Will heat impact the adhesive bond on the 3” x 6” tiles?
How should the tiles be cut if a full tile is not needed?
A chop saw (motorized miter saw) is recommended for straight cuts. A jig saw or scroll saw is recommended for non-straight cuts. For circular cuts, a hole saw works well. See Aspect Tile Installation Guide for additional information. All cutting blades should be carbide-tipped or high-speed steel, and made for cutting nonferrous metal. When cutting is complete, use a fine-grit sandpaper or a small metal file to debur the cut edges. Take the cut tile to the work space and place it in its intended location and make sure it fits properly.
A utility knife with a sharp blade can also be used for straight cuts on the tiles. Measure and mark the tile where the cut must be made with a marker on the protective film. Using a straight edge, score along the entire tile using a utility knife. Carefully make a few passes with a bit more pressure each pass. Bend back and forth until tile separates.
What should be used to clean the tiles?
What should be used as a trim or an edge treatment?
Can Aspect be applied to a working surface or to the floor?
What is the life expectancy of the Aspect Tile?
Does the surface of an Aspect tile scratch easily?
When starting a project, would I work from one side to the other, or from the center out?
If I wanted to remove a tile (or a few), how would I do so and what would I use?
Will the “peel and stick” adhesive used to apply Aspect damage the surface it is applied to if a tile is removed?
Can I paint the Aspect tiles, and if so with what kind of paint?
What is the flame spread rate on Aspect tiles?
Do you offer outlet and switch covers?