Materials Needed
  • DAP Painters Acrylic Latex Caulk
  • Liquid Nails - Projects and Foam board
  • Touch up paint
  • Tin Snips

    Back Splash Answers to Common Questions

  • How do I clean a tin backsplash?
  • Properly finished backsplash tin can be cleaned using a mild detergent and water.
  • What kind of adhesive should I use?
  • We recommend AcrylPro® adhesive when installing tin panels to a wall application, but most construction adhesives like Liquid Nails® will suffice.
  • Can I use your SnapLock™ for my backsplash?
  • The traditional Nailup tin panels are used for wall applications. The SnapLock™ is intended for ceiling applications only.
  • Do I butt the panels edge to edge, or do they overlap?
  • The Nailup tin panel has a 1/4" overlapping nail flange by which all of the corresponding panels overlap each other.
  • Why do you recommend six inch patterns for backsplash applications?
  • Because the average height of a backsplash is only 18", the 6” pattern is most often used for backsplash applications, as the smaller pattern provides a better aesthetic fill. With the standard 24" sized tin nailup panel, you'll need to cut the top quarter of the panel to fit in the 18" wall height between the countertop and the cabinet. Using a 6" pattern will provide a 3 pattern vertical repeat, where as using a 12" pattern will only provide a 1-1/2 pattern vertical repeat.
  • How do I cut my backsplash panels to fit?
  • A tin snips or a guillotine paper cutter. A factory edge of the tin should sit on the countertop. The top of the panel should be trimmed to fit flush against the cabinet.
  • How should I trim out my backsplash?
  • A small decorative wood molding is generally used to cover the outside edges. 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 can be used, but because this edge is not normally visible, this edge can be left untrimmed. To faux finish molding, click here for a tutorial>
  • Are your tin panels heat resistant?
  • The.010 tin plated steel has a fire rating of over 1300 degrees fahrenheit. Our powdercoat finishes are cured at 450 degrees fahrenheit.
  • What kind of finish is recommended for backsplash tin panels?
  • We utilize a high-end industrial powder coat finishing process for our tin backsplash panels. This is superior to any paint product in resisting acids, solvents, impact, abrasions and heat. For customers purchasing unfinished tin backsplash panels we recommend a minimum of a polyurethane clear coat be applied to the tin as a protectant.

  • Are the panels malleable?
  • Unfinished tiles can be bent. Finished tiles (anything with a color) should not be bent as that can compromise the powder coating and may lead to rusting.
  • How long does it take to receive once they are ordered?
  • Product delivery policies are as stated: Unfinished Product: 3-7 business days, Powder Coated Items: 7-21 business days, Faux Finished Products (Artisan Series): 3-5 weeks.
  • What is the thickness of the tile?
  • We manufacture our tin panels from original .010 tin plated steel. This is approximately 1/16", the 6" repeat patterns recommended for back splash installations have an embossment of 1/8".
  • What molding should I use?
  • If you want to install a molding over your back splash tiles, you can find a wood molding at a local hardware store. Paint will also have to be matched at a local paint supplier to finish the molding you purchase locally as well. The molding we sell is large and intended for ceiling installations only.
  • What size are the tiles?
  • All tiles, regardless of design (pattern), are 24"x24". The patterns, recommended for back splash tiles, repeats every 6".

    Installation

  • Measure the area from the counter to the bottom of cabinets. Cut all your panels to size using tin snips. Use AcrylPro or Liquid Nails on the back of the panel, applying the panel firmly to the wall.
  • The panels overlap on the nail rail . Keep a wet cloth handy to wipe off any excess liquid nails that my squeeze out of the overlapping seams when pushing them tight together to the wall.
  • Wood trim can be used for molding. 1/4 round is recommended under cabinets but is not required. 1/2" molding can be used on the outside of the panels if they are ending on open walls. A clear painters caulk and spray paint can be used for seams left open from molding or where the panel meets the countertop.
  • Some matching paints are available to spray paint/ faux finish wood molding. In most cases you will have to get a paint mixed at a local paint supplier.
  • Note: Using tin snips does not ensure that the cut panels will be even across the full length cut. If molding is not planned on being used to hide the cut from the tin snips, it is highly recommended to have the panels cut at a local sheet metal shop, where they will cut them on a shear.