INSTALLATION & TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Pressed Tin Panels ® aluminium panels are easy to cut and install. The panels themselves are made from 0.55 thick, special mill grade aluminium, and once pressed into the various designs, can vary in thickness from 1.2mm up to 4mm (depending on the design). Pressed Tin Panels® are treated with a non-chromate treatment (acid etched) which prepares the panel to be powder coated, or primed and painted.
Note that the metal panels are designed to overlap each other by approximately 10mm, NOT butt up to each other. The panels come 10mm oversized, so the finished size once installed and overlapped is actually 1800mm x 900mm, or 1800mm x 600mm. When installing, it is important to ensure the overlap is nice and tight, and also face the overlap AWAY from the way you walk into a room to make it less noticeable.
The Pressed Tin can be cut with an angle grinder or tin snips. Generally they are glued on, or small nails or rivits can be used to help secure them in place.
We use a liquid nails type of product in a corking gun. Smear the glue evenly over the back of the panels, and glue them onto your hard surface. If you use a small nail to help hold them in place, or to ensure the overlap is tight, try and place your nail into a detailed part of the design so it won't be noticed.
PRESSED TIN PANELS® aluminium panels need to be painted or powder coated - if they are left 'raw', eventually they will dull off and oxidise over time. In a bathroom, outside or for a splashback it is recommended to powder coat the panels - this will protect them the best from fat, oils, moisture and heat, and make them easy to clean and maintain. For a ceiling or feature wall you can paint the panels if you prefer - it is imperative that you use a primer before doing your top coat, and Dulux step 1 is recommended by PRESSED TIN PANELS™. If you like the aluminium look, then you can paint or powder coat the panels in a 'clear gloss' which retains the aluminium look and still seals in the panel and protects it.
The panels often do have small scratches present on them, due to the fact that they are aluminium. Once they have been primed and painted, or powder coated then any marks tend to disappear.
When using the panels behind a gas hob, please check with your local council as to their requirements regarding a heat proof product. Most will require you to use a fire retardant substrate behind the PRESSED TIN PANELS™ aluminium panels, such as fire proof gib, or Hardies cement board. This is easy to do and can be planned in during your build, or can be added in behind the pressed tin, and attached to the wall as an extra layer (a simple L shaped aluminium tile edging will cover any edges of the fire retardant board used, and provide a really tidy finish to the splashback).
Following is the link to all installation instructions https://pressedtinpanels.com/current-brochure/installation-guides/
Feel free to ring di Rosa if you have any questions, and we are more than happy to explain anything in more detail and talk you through the process.