DIY Advice: How To Install Wall Tiles
HOW TO INSTALL AND CARE FOR ROBIN SPRONG WALL TILE STICKERS
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1. PREPARATION OF SURFACE:
Ensure that the surface is smooth for optimal end result (textured or mottled surfaces may show up behind the tile stickers and may affect the tack ability of the stickers).
For optimal tack, ensure the surface is dust and grease-free. Surfaces can be cleaned with a weak dishwashing liquid solution or alcohol cleaning solution before installation.
Some painted surfaces (for e.g. chalk paint, water resistant paints and oil based painted surfaces) may resist the sticker; RSW cannot be held liable for any surface preparation. Vinyl does not adhere to silicone.
2. INSTALLING WALL TILES:
• Separate the backing paper at the top end and fold back. Line up your sticker to position (you can also use masking tape to secure its position).
• Re-check the position of the sticker and start by sticking down the exposed top strip.
• Now pull the backing paper down with your one hand while rubbing a squeegee with your other hand to stick down the vinyl on to the surface (you can also just use your hand or anything flat, but ensure that it does not have a hard surface as this might scratch the vinyl).
• Work outwards to ensure a bubble-free application.
• Use a pin to prick out air bubbles and rub it out.
PLEASE NOTE: Ensure that corners are stuck down properly from the beginning to prevent corners from lifting at a later stage. Once dust gets in, your sticker will not stick down.
Some tiles are slightly bevelled and you may have to cut the sticker down in size by using a project blade.
Should a corner not stick onto a bevelled edge, dampen the area and secure the sticker down with masking tape. Allow to dry for about two hours and slowly remove masking tape.
3. CARING FOR YOUR STICKERS
Although vinyl is suitable for kitchen and bathroom environment use, ensure this surface is not exposed to repeated direct steamy areas and wipe dry with a soft cloth when wet; corners of sticker may lift after prolonged and repetitive exposure to water.
Keep area dry. Prevent hot spills behind splash backs and wipe down lightly with damp cloth; in worst case scenario, use only mild soap solution. Use only soft damp cloth to wipe clean.
• Experiment with various combinations of designed packs to create your own style.
• Cut tiles into shapes like triangles and scatter patterns, or cut to regular shapes to create a “subway” style tile.
• Use only a couple of tiles to create accents on every few tiles. One could also use tiles to create an edging on the top or bottom row of tiles. Cut tiles in strips for thinner edging.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q Can I use stickers on a different size tile?
A Yes you can. Use your current grouting as a reference and space the stickers evenly to create a “grouted” look.
Q How waterproof is vinyl?
A Think of vinyl stickers as a bumper sticker, once it is stuck down, it will stay in-tact provided it was installed thoroughly (edges properly stuck down and instructions thoroughly followed).
Q Can I apply my stickers onto walls?
A Yes as long as the surface area is not too bumpy; the smoother the surface, the better the grip. Vinyl is actually designed for smooth surfaces.
Q Can vinyl be removed after use?
A Yes. In normal circumstances it can easily be removed from glass, tiles or other smooth surfaces. Various factors like temperature (sun exposure), surface attributes or time may all contribute to a more permanent bond of vinyl, if this is the case, one can use glue removing chemicals to remove glue residue. There are products on the market, but ensure you test this on a small area first to avoid damaging the original surface.
If removed from wall, you may need to re-paint the surface, depending on the original paint quality.
Some of our vinyl products are repositionable and can be removed without any damage within a 1 month to 6 month period, depending on the surface it is applied to.
Q Can I reuse my vinyl stickers?
A Usually not, depending on how you manage to remove it vinyl usually stretches once it has bonded to whatever it has been stuck to.
Q How long will my stickers last for?
A Anything between 3 months and 3 years, depending on where and how it is installed and how it is cared for.
Our vinyl is not an outdoor grade vinyl and meant for indoor use only (although we have used it outdoors to test it, we don’t recommend it for outdoor use). Prolonged exposure to the sun may also cause vinyl to disintegrate over time.
For more info: http://www.robinsprong.com/wall-tile-stickers/