We put together for our sister store StainlessSteelBacksplash.com a quick 9 minute video demonstrating how to install metal mosaic tile as a fireplace covering. The same installation method applies to kitchen backsplashes or bathroom walls as well.
- Choose The Tile : The most obvious first step is to choose your metal tile, we have a complete selection that can be viewed here.
- Apply The Adhesive : In this installation we chose to use a product called "Simple Mat". This product is used in place of wall mortar / tile adhesive and is much less messy. You simply cut it and apply it to your wall or substrate.
- Start Applying The Tiles - Cutting If Required : Once you have the "Simple Mat" product installed (or adhesive applied and spread evenly) you can start applying the mosaic tile. The most important part here is to ensure a good contact with the "Simple Mat" or the tile adhesive/thinset/mastic.
- De-burring Cut Tiles : If cutting the tile creates a sharp or rough metal edge use a metal file, applying pressure on an angle with the file to the rough or sharp edge of the cut tile. Alternatively, use a higher HP wet saw. We recommend a 2HP wet diamond tipped tile saw for a clean cut (can be rented at your local hardware store).
- Continue To Cut, Fit And Apply The Rest Of The Tiles : This could be a quick job, or a lengthy one depending on the tile chosen, some tile may require more cutting than others. Once you have applied all the tile to the wall or substrate you are ready to start grouting.
- Grouting : The good thing about the "Simple Mat" product is that you can grout right away. However if you are using a typical tile adhesive or light weight wall mortar you are going to want to wait at least 24 hours for the adhesive to fully cure. Be sure to select a NON SANDED grout, or epoxy grout that doesn't contain any sand. Using a sanded grout will result in scratches to the surface of the tile. Mix the grout according to the instructions on the product. Start applying with a grout float, ensuring good coverage in all the grout lines of the tile.
- Wiping Down : You would have to wait 15-60 minutes after applying the grout to do your initial wipe (follow specific non-sanded grout manufacturer's instructions). This will require a lot of water and regularly rinsed sponges or soft towels. Let the surface dry between wipes, you will notice with every consecutive wipe down it gets a little less hazy. Typically 4-6 wipe downs are required to fully remove all the grout residue.
- Your job is complete! Remember, if you don't feel confident installing our stainless steel or metal backsplash products you can find a local tile installer by consulting the Yellow Pages, Craigslist, Angi, or other local ads. You could even call your local tile store to see if they offer installation of tiles not purchased from them.