If you are considering an acrylic splashback or an acrylic shower panel, read our comprehensive guide below to understand how to fit your splashback.
There are 4 key checks to complete before a trial fit then installing for real.
Check No 1: Are your walls flat ? Before you start to install an acrylic splashback your walls should be flat. Now is the time to fill in any holes or damage. Place a spirit level horizontally and vertically over several random places on the wall and look along the level to see if your walls are flat. If there are gaps, fill them and sand them back flat. Top tip from us – if you find gaps greater than 6mm deep it is worth considering having the wall area re-plastered.
Check No 2: Are your walls clean: ? Take time to remove any wallpaper, flaking paint, tiles, adhesives, dust and dirt from your wall. Top tip from us – Sugar Soap helps with this task.
Check No 3: Do your walls need to be sealed ? If you’re fixing your acrylic splashback or shower panel to plasterboard or if your wall has been replastered you will need to seal the surface first to ensure your acrylic splashback / splash wall sets properly. That’s because the plaster will be porous if it isn’t 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.
Check No 4: Are your worktops 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
Before anything else, isolate any electrical supply to the wall your are fixing your acrylic splashback to. Next 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, a helper might make this job easier.
Once you are happy that the acrylic splashback goes into position nicely, apply your adhesive bonding or screw it into place if you are mechanically fixing to your wall.
Bonding Your Splashback To The Wall With Adhesive
Use warm soapy water and a soft cotton cloth to clean your splashback, ensuring any dust or grease is wiped off.
Next, apply the adhesive in evenly spaced horizontal lines along the reverse side of your acrylic splashback. Keep your lines a maximum of 30cm apart and avoid putting any adhesive too close to the edges of your splashback – it could seep out when it spreads.
Fix Your Acrylic Splashback On For Real
Having your helper on hand to fit your splashback will make it easier. 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 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.
Further information and advice about acrylic splashbacks can be found at plastic experts, The Plastic People.