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Applications

Ideal for applications such as office spaces, lobby areas, restaurants, retail stores, and private residences.

Features & Benefits

  • Material: T1 grade tin-plated steel
  • Size: 24" x 24"
  • Thickness: 0.010"
  • Fire Rating: ASTM E 84-03b
  • Patterns: Over 40 patterns
  • Colors: Over 50 colors
  • Made in USA

Installation

  • Sits flush in grid system.
  • Fits standard 15/16" grid system on 24" centers.
  • Panels also available for 9/16" grid system on 24" centers.
  • Cross tees are available to convert 2' x 4' grid systems.
  • Simply paint suspended grid system to match tile color.
  • Our proprietary Drop-In Clips secure your tiles in place.
  • For international orders: also available in metric version. These fit standard 24mm grid system on 600mm centers.

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Multiple Panel View (4' x 4')

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Installation General Info

Ceiling Components

A tin ceiling is comprised of two primary components and two optional components. The primary components are the tin ceiling panels and the crown molding. Optional components are flat molding/rope molding and filler. These components are generally used when the design layout requires it.

Layout

There are a variety of layout possibilities with tin, including the use of molding, filler panels, and more. You can view all of the different possibilities to create unique and dramatic ceilings on our website at www.AmericanTinCeilings.com.

Tools & Materials

See your project installation instructions for the specific materials list for your project type.

Tin panels: American Tin Ceilings has three types of panels depending upon the type of installation: Nail- Up is used for traditional applications on a wood substrate, and for all backsplash, wall, and wainscoting projects (use adhesive instead of nails for these applications). Snap LockTM is used for installation over drywall or popcorn ceilings. Drop-In panels are used with standard 2' x 2' systems that have 15/16" grid widths.

Crown/Flat Molding: Matching tin molding is available from American Tin Ceilings. Wood molding can be purchased at a local hardware store.

Fasteners: Cone head nails and/or brad nails (Nail-Up panels), #6 drywall screws (Snap LockTM panels), Loctite® Power Grab® Adhesive (Nail-Up panels for backsplash, wall and project applications)

Construction adhesive: Loctite® Power Grab® (Backplash, Wall and Project applications)

Caulking: DAP silicone latex painter's caulk (for Nail-Up and Snap LockTM application types)

Touch-up paint: AmericanTinCeilings.com carries a selection of touch-up paints. If you prefer, your local hardware store or automotive paint supplier may be able to match if provided with a sample.

Tools (Depending upon installation type): Ladders / Scaffolding / Drill / Tin snips / Metal shears Guillotine cutter / Hammers / Nail gun / Chalk line / Tape measure

Painting

No water-based products can be used directly on the metal tiles or molding; however, you can use an oil-based primer. Once the tiles have been primed, you are able to use a paint of your choice. Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore also offer DTM (direct-to-metal) paints. The DTM paints can be painted directly on the metal and will eliminate the need to use a primer.

Clear Coat: No water-based paint can be used directly on the metal. The best choices are an oil-based polyurethane or a lacquer.

Cutting Tin

Metal shears / Tin snips: These tools can be purchased at www.AmericanTinCeilings.com.

Guillotine paper cutters: Heavy-duty tabletop paper cutters similar to those used in schools and office environments. Every job requires cutting of varying lengths. We carry the Martin Yale 'Premiere' Cutter at manufacture cost.

RotoZip tool: Great for can lights and applications that require circular cuts.

Fixtures & Vents

Light fixtures, chandeliers, recessed lighting, vents, etc., can easily be accommodated by tin ceiling panels.

  1. Remove the fixture
  2. Trace the fixture perimeter onto the tin panel
  3. Cut out traced area with tin snips
  4. Install cut tin on ceiling
  5. Re-install fixture over installed tin
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Ceiling Installation

Tools/Supplies Required

  • Substrate Material: 2' x 4' or 2' x 2' Ceiling Grid
  • Tape measure
  • Straight edge (framing square or 4" level)
  • Aviation shears
  • Hold down clips
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • 1/2" drill bit
  • Drill
  • Acoustical pads (optional)
  • Drill

Note: If an existing grid has 2' x 4' openings, convert it to a 2' x 2' ceiling grid using our 2' Cross Tee. To install the Cross Tee simply secure in the center of the 2' x 4' opening. American Tin Ceilings' tiles are 23 7/16" sq with a 1/16" step so the ceiling tile will sit flush from side to side.

After determining the grid sizing of your ceiling, follow the steps below to install your tin tiles:

Filler Installation for Ceilings (Optional)

The most common tin ceiling layout uses no filler and merely trims the panel flush wall to wall. However, filler is required for certain applications. Filler is generally used with:

  • Patterns with a deep profile depth that do not accomodate cropping
  • For design layouts specifying filler

Install field panels first. Cut the filler to fit into the coverage area. When finishing a perimeter, cut the filler panels so that the edges will butt flush against the wall.

Filler for Snap LockTM, Nail-Up and Backsplash applications will require the use of the F1-N or F2-N filler panels. These will have a nail rail on the perimeter of the panel. For Drop-In applications, the F1-D and F2-D are required and do not have a nail rail.

Installation Steps

  1. Start in one corner of the room at a full 2' x 2' opening. In most situations, there will be openings around the perimeter of the grid that are less than a full 2' x 2'. These smaller spaces will require cut tiles. Leave these spaces around the perimeter for the last step of your install.
  2. Turn the ceiling panel at a slight angle, sliding it through the opening. At this point you can lay the ceiling tile into the grid opening, attaching hold down clips that keep your tile tile tight to the grid so that there's no gapping between the grid and the panel.
  3. Repeat step #2 going to the right or left.
  4. Place two hold down clips on the side where the two ceiling panels are installed on the same t-rail.
  5. Finish installing the rest of the ceiling tiles with the hold down clips as you proceed. If you have opted to use our Acoustical Drop-In tiles, which can reduce noise by up to 85%, install the acoustical pads behind the panels as you progress.
  6. If using a ceiling panel that has a deep embossment, such as Patterns #22 or #23, consider using a filler panel around the perimeter. This will prevent gapping along the edges. If you do not want to use a filler panel, cut the panel just shy of the grid, allowing the panel to completely drop down and not sit on the grid. Then attach crown molding using corner blocking/cribbing. This will hide your cut.

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