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    Warning:  All panels have sharp edges, wear gloves and safety glasses when cutting


    These notes are intended as helpful suggestions only. 

     Only you can assess your ceiling conditions, you should consult with a local

     authorized professional to review your installation methods before installing.   

    Always put safety first. 






 1) If you do not have a CAD program on your computer, get graph paper, a pencil and ruler.

    Let each square represent one foot (or 25.4cm). 

    Measure out the room and draw it on the graph paper.


 2) Locate on the paper any electrical receptacles in ceiling or wall.


 3) Each panel has a pattern, that when joined together,  the panels line up just like damask

     wallpaper.   For a professional installation, we suggest using filler panels around the

     border, so that a pattern does not have to be cut.


 4) The filler panel should be around the perimeter of the room after the last full panel is

     installed on all sides. Filler panels are available as one panel that you would cut or in a

     roll.  Your room may be sized so that the final border panel meets the wall; if not, the

    filler covers the border space.   After the filler panel is planned consider using the

    crown or cornice molding for the final finish to unite the wall with the ceiling. 





  Preparing the Panels


  If you plan to paint the panels, consider buying them white primed

  Paint them before you put them up. Spray paint is the best, remember to follow the

  directions on the tin - do this in a well ventilated area.  You can also use Paint/Primer

  mixed latex paints as well.




  Cutting the Panels


  Mark the spot that you want to cut the panel with painters tape or draw a line with a

  marker. It is difficult to cut the panels with metal sheers, although this can start the cut

  line.  After the initial cut use a hack saw to follow the line. 

  The best is to take the panels to a metal fabricator that has a "break" for cutting metal.

  Remember to use gloves when handling the tiles.  




  Nail up vs Drop-in  


 1) DROP-IN is for a T-Bar Suspended Ceiling.

      There is a flat border area on each panel approximately 1/2".

      Most panels are sized at  23-7/8" x 23-7/8".  

     You might consider painting the suspended grid prior to placing the ties.  

     Make sure that the drop in grid is well secured and can take the weight of the tiles. 


 2) NAIL-UP 

    There is a 3/8" border area in a dot-dash-dot pattern that allows the panels to overlap

    and nest together  Most panels have a size of 24-3/8" x 24-3/8".  





  Installing Nail up Panels



 Consult with a professional before installing the tiles.


 The condition of your ceiling is very important.

 If it is regular drywall make sure that all drywall is well secured and can handle the weight.


 If you have lathe and plaster, it is recommended that you install plywood sheets screwed to

 the ceiling joists to create a smooth medium to attach the panels to.  


 For regular drywall, you might consider using a construction adhesive or a clear silicone in

 addition to the nails.  Nail in on a slight angle for the best way to counteract gravity. 


 Yes gravity, remember the tiles are suspended and we do not want them to fall.

 So use nails every 6 inches on the border. Overlap each panel on the next.  


 Add either clear silicone or Construction adhesive in addition to nails.

 Check that the construction adhesive is good for metal products. 





  Warning Before You Install


 Before you start nailing into the ceiling get a stud / electrical probe to mark the studs

 and find any electrical wires that are above the drywall. 


 You do not want to nail into an electrical wire that is not properly installed. 

 The wire should be running through holes in the ceiling joists well secured on sitting on the

  drywall.   After using the probe turn off the ceiling power for safety.




  Kitchen Backsplash


 We recommend using the clear coated panels for backsplashes.

  Some panels are made of aluminum and will not rust, they can oxidize slightly loosing

  their sheen over time.  


 The condition of your existing back splash is important.  Make sure it is clean of debris.

  If you are covering old ceramic tiles you might want to remove them as it is not possible

 to nail into them.


 For a drywall base, you can glue the aluminum  tiles with construction adhesive or clear

  silicone then nail them up.


 Turn off the power to the backsplash area and have your licensed electrician remove the

 cover plates of the wall plugs and switches. In certain circumstances you may have to move

 the receptacle or switch forward towards you slightly, although the panels are thin.  


 Prepare the backsplash  tiles by precutting the positions of electrical receptacles.  

 The easiest way is to make a paper pattern that you can then use to mark where the

 receptacles will be on the panels. 

 Pre-drill into the tin panel where the receptacles is to be surrounded.  Use a metal drill to

 make a pilot hole to allow you saw to be used for the cut out. Always wear safety glasses

 when cutting metal.  After installation, run a bead of clear silicone along the intersection of

 the countertop and the backsplash.  







 Cut the panels out for the ceiling receptacles.

 Do not nail into any wires. 

 Always use a licensed electrician for any electrical work.  


 Consider one of our ceiling medallions  as a final touch for your project.




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