How to Install Glue-Up Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles
Give a Room a New Look with Decorative Ceiling TilesBy Kevin Elliott
These instructions work with all types of ceiling tiles as well as Plastic Ceiling Tiles that is also called Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles and other faux metal tiles. Tin ceiling tiles add an opulent old-world touch to interior decorating.
- Faux Tin ceiling tiles (PVC) or other ceiling tiles, depending on the look you want
- Box cutter knife
- Steel ruler
- Contact cement
- Clear caulk and caulking gun
- Latex or rubber gloves, plus damp rags
Step 3: Find the middle. As tin ceiling tiles create a very formal look, it’s vital to get them in neatly and evenly. This is best done by starting in the middle and working outwards. Find the center of the ceiling by using two strings that run from corner to corner diagonally: they will cross in the centre of the room. You may already have a light fitting or fan installed in the center of the room, which will help you find the spot (you may need to cut the tiles to fit around the fan, but remember the rule of measuring twice and cutting once). Once you have marked the middle, draw two lines across the ceiling that meet at right angles at the center point.
Step 4: Apply the glue-up tin ceiling tiles. To do this, put blobs of contact cement in the corners and along the edges of the tile, plus a few in the middle. Don’t smooth the glue flat; the pressure of applying the tiles will do that. Carefully put the corner of the first tile in one of the corners of the 90-degree angles drawn in the middle of the ceiling and press it firmly into place. Once the tile has adhered to the ceiling, place a second tile in another of the right angles in the center, then the third and fourth tiles in the others. Use these first four tiles as your guides, placing each new tile as close as possible to the ones already in place. It’s a wise idea to step down and look at the tiles from the perspective of the floor every now and again to check that the lines are running straight and evenly. When you get to the edge of the ceiling, the tiles may need to be cut to fit – use the box cutting knife to do this before placing the tile.
Step 5: Seal the gaps between the glue-up tin ceiling tiles using the caulking gun. With tin ceiling tiles and other metallic or decorative finish on the tiles, clear caulk is by far the best. After applying a line of caulk into the gap, use a damp rag to wipe away the excess caulk on the surface of the tile, then smooth the caulk deep into the gap with a gloved finger. Do the wiping and the smoothing as soon as possible after applying the caulk, as it is very difficult to do this once the caulk has dried.
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