Decorative Ceiling Tiles

How to Install PVC Glue Up Ceiling Tiles

By Kevin Elliott

Glue up ceiling tiles are a DIY enthusiast’s dream. Just imagine: a stunning finish for your ceiling (or wall or...) that looks like it took thousands and thousands of dollars and months of hard work but costs a figure in the hundreds (for the average room) and takes only an afternoon or so to slap up. Having a fantastic looking finish inside your home, business, studio or place of worship is so easy.

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Step 1: No matter what type of glue up ceiling tiles you choose and the range of tiles to choose from is extensive the method of putting them up is the same:

Step 2: First of all, you need to work out how many glue up ceiling tiles you’re going to need. Most glue up ceiling tiles measure 24 inches by 24 inches (that’s two feet by two feet) so if your ceiling measures 10 feet by 12 feet, then you’re going to need five tiles across and six tiles along, which makes 30 tiles in total (but we recommend getting a few extra tiles in as a way of thwarting Murphy’s Law).

Step 3: Next, prepare your ceiling or other surface: clean off any dirt, grime and cobwebs, and make sure that all loose plaster and paint is sanded off. If the surface is dented (for example, if some young idiot has punted a football into the ceiling), then use a bit of plaster or putty to fill the hole and level things off.

Step 4: Now comes the stage of making sure that the glue up ceiling tiles are placed symmetrically and attractively. Find the centre of your room by running strings from corner to corner diagonally to make an X. X marks the spot: the centre of the room is where the strings meet. Mark this spot and use a straight-edge or ruler to divide the ceiling into fourths in a + shape.

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Step 5: Take the first of your glue up ceiling tiles and apply some good contact cement or rubber/urethane based adhesive (e.g. Liquid Nails or similar), using a brush. Paint the glue on the underside of your tile, paying particular attention to the edges. Wait until the adhesive is tacky. Now press up the tile, matching the edges of the tile into one of the right angles marking the fourths in the middle of the ceiling. Repeat with three more glue up ceiling tiles so you have a square in the middle of your ceiling. Handy hint: have a helper on hand to apply the glue to the tiles while you press them up it makes the job go quicker if you have a steady supply of tacky tiles ready to go. For a large surface and a team of people, have two gluers and two gluer-uppers but make sure you work at the same rate.

Step 6: Keep working around this first square until the whole ceiling is covered with glue up ceiling tiles. If your ceiling won’t fit a whole number of tiles, then carefully cut tiles to fit. One of the beauties of glue up ceiling tiles is that you can cut them easily with a craft knife or strong scissors, as they are made of PVC plastic (and the scraps are fully recyclable).

You can add another step in, depending on the finish you want. As glue up ceiling tiles are made from PVC, they are also easy to paint if you want a coloured finish. Paint your chosen design of glue up ceiling tiles with ordinary interior decorating paint and let them dry before you put them up. However, not all glue up ceiling tiles need painting, as we have a number of different styles and finishes available, including faux metallic and leather glue up ceiling tiles.

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