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Wall Accents & Wainscoting with Tin Tiles

Using decorative tin panels as wall coverings can produce a dramatic dimensional aesthetic that can transform a common room into grandeur. Choose our Nail-Up panel type for all wall and wainscoting applications. On smaller installations consider patterns that repeat more frequently (6” or 12” patterns). Snap Lock™ tiles are intended for ceiling installations only, and therefore are not recommended.

How to Install Wall Accents & Wainscoting:

Measure - To determine the quantity of tiles needed for your project, measure the length of the area. Because tin panels are 24” x 24”, each panel will cover two feet of linear space. Divide the linear feet by 2 to determine how many to order. The standard wainscoting height is 36”, therefore 1-12 panels will cover the height span. Length & divide; 2 x 1.5 = total quantity. We recommend ordering extra material to accommodate for cutting errors and other unexpected shortages.

Baseboard and Trim - Once your tiles arrive, the first step is to install the baseboard and trim. Tin molding provides a very dramatic look, but wood and plastic board and trim can be substituted. The tin panels can also be installed flush onto an existing baseboard and trim. Where vertical and horizontal moldings meet, the ends can be cut to tapers for a coped fit. Painters caulk can be used to hide any visible gaps.

Cutting - Cutting tin for wall accents and wainscoting is rather straightforward. The panels are cut exactly in half. One half of the 12” panel is installed with one full 24” panel to cover the total 36” height. Tin snips are the most popular cutting tool, costing on an average just $10. However, a guillotine paper cutter is very efficient and allows for a near “factory edge” cut.

Installing the First Panel - Coat the backside of each panel with construction adhesive prior to positioning it on the wall. When installing the first panel, slip the nail flanges under the corresponding molding. The 12” pieces can be alternated top/bottom to reduce the visibility of seams.

Fastening - With the panels overlapping each other, apply fasteners every six inches around the perimeter. We recommend a brad gun, but manual nailing or screws can be used depending upon the substrate and/or preference. Nailing at a 45 degree angle helps prevent nails from pulling out of the wall.

Install the Rest of the Panels - Top rails are installed over the panels’ top edge. Vertical styles can be added as a decorative touch. Top rails overlap each other by 14”. Styles should be cut to tapers on the ends so that they cope the top rails and bottom baseboard.

Finishing - If any seams or gaps are visible, they can be masked with painters caulk. Consider our J Channel Molding for any vertical edges.