Splashbacks are a fantastic addition to any kitchen; they look sharp and they provide an incredibly easy surface to clean. Did you know that you can install your own?
To attach your splashback, follow these steps:
Step One: Remove Tiles if Present
It is likely that the back wall of your kitchen is tiled. If this is the case, you will need to remove the tiles. How this is done will depend on the specific type of tile that is used. Generally, tiles can be pried off the wall using a wide-blade putty knife. If, however, the tiles are set in mortar, you may need to break them off. Luckily, mortar is rarely used to bind tiles.
Step Two: Prime the Wall
Once your tiles are removed and the back wall is exposed, it is time to prime the wall with paint. This is important, because the paint protects the back of the splashback from damage. The colour/type of paint isn’t all that important, as most splashbacks come with a coloured rear.
After painting, it is imperative to allow 3 weeks before the adhesive is applied. This is to ensure that no solvents or reactive products are present, which could potentially react with and denature the adhesive.
Step Three: Clean the Surfaces
Before you’re ready to attach the splashback, the surfaces that are to be bonded must be cleaned. Use a product that is designed to clean grease and grime. Make sure both surfaces (the wall, and the splashback) are thoroughly cleaned before moving on.
Step Four: Apply Adhesive and Mount the Splashback
Bonding the splashback to the wall is a fairly simple matter. To do this, you will need a neutral, high-strength construction adhesive. It is important that you use one that is heat and steam resistant, and is intended for use with glass repair.
Allow an edge of 5cm from the perimeter of the splashback, then apply the adhesive in 5mm diameter beads at 8cm intervals across the entire length and width of the splashback. Attach 4-5 strips of mounting tape between the beads of adhesive, to help hold the splashback in place while the adhesive dries (which takes around 72 hours).
Once the adhesive and mounting tape are in place, firmly push the splashback onto the wall until you feel that the mounting tape has taken hold.
Step Five: Seal around the Edges
After 72 hours, the adhesive should be firmly set. Now, seal around the edges of the splashback with a glass edge sealer.
If you follow all of the above steps, your splashback should be firmly in place, and thanks to the paint primed foundation, it won’t discolour or loosen as it ages.