Here’s what you need to know to fit an acrylic splashback. The best finishes are obtained when wall surfaces are flat and clean. If that doesn’t sound like your walls, some upfront preparation will reward you with a better finished splashback and below is our handy guide to help with this. You’ll be able to fit your acrylic splashback into place in quick time.
Check Your Walls – they should ideally be:
Flat: Fill in any holes or damage – it is a worthwhile exercise for a better looking splashback. If you want to double check if your walls are flat - place a spirit level horizontally and vertically over several random places on the wall and look along the level to check for gaps. If there are gaps you can fill them and sand them back flat. If you find gaps greater than 6mm deep it is worth considering having the wall area re-plastered.
Clean: remove any wallpaper, flaking paint, tiles, adhesives etc . Also, remove any dust and dirt from your wall (Sugar Soap is suitable for this task).
Sealed: If your wall has been replastered or you are fixing on to plasterboard you will need to seal the surface first. If this isn’t done your acrylic splashback won’t set properly. That’s because the plaster will be porous if it is not sealed and it will suck the moisture from the bonding. Brushing a watered down PVA solution onto your wall and once dry should do the job.
Worktops – they should ideally be:
Sealed: use a silicon sealer to seal along where your worktops meet the wall area. This is to stop moisture penetrating and running down the back of your worktop and units which might cause damp.
You’re Ready To Do A Trial Placement of Your Acrylic Splashback
Make sure that the electrical supply to the wall you are fixing to has been isolated. Then, remove anything that is in the way, eg) socket faceplates.
Take your acrylic splashback and do a trial run of placing it onto the wall. While acrylic splashbacks are very light and easy to handle it might be easier with a helper.
Once you are happy that the acrylic splashback goes into position nicely, apply your adhesive bonding.
Bonding Your Splashback With Adhesive
Make sure your splashback is clean with no traces of dust and grease. Just use warm soapy water and a soft cotton cloth to clean it.
Then apply the adhesive in evenly spaced horizontal lines along its reverse side. Keep your lines no more than 30cm apart. Be sure not to put any adhesive too close to the edges of your splashback otherwise it will seep out when it spreads.
Fix Your Acrylic Splashback On For Real
Have your helper on hand for this bit. When ready, lift your splashback and position its base exactly where it needs to be but keep the rest from the wall at about a a 45° angle for just a moment. Have your helper push the acrylic splashback into the wall from the bottom, working upwards. Press the whole splashback firmly against your wall keeping pressure until the bonding has cured enough to keep your splashback in place – so it neither falls or creeps from your wall.
This is a good time to screw socket faceplates back on as they will help to hold your splashback in place as well.
It should take around 24 hours to cure properly so hang on until then to remove the protective film from your acrylic splashback…. Then you can admire the transformation you have madeJ
Help, Advice and Buying An Acrylic Splashback
See a wide range of acrylic splashbacks at The Plastic People. They deliver acrylic splashbacks to your home cut to your sizes and template. For friendly advice you can email or reach their customer service team on 0113 249 2222.