How to install acrylic backsplash panels

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How to install acrylic backsplash panels
Adding an acrylic backsplash can liven up an old kitchen. (Kitchen image by armanxo from Fotolia.com)

If it's time to update the kitchen, you might want to consider adding an acrylic panel for the backsplash instead of traditional tile. Acrylic backsplash panels are gaining in popularity in the kitchen, because they are resistant to mould and mildew and are easy to keep clean. Available in a wide variety of sizes and colours, they are fairly easy to work with, and the process of installation is a lot easier than installing individual ceramic tiles. Panels sizes range from 6 inches by 12 inches up to 24 inches by 96 inches. Choose the size requiring the fewest seams.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil and paper
  • Crowbar
  • Putty knife
  • Joint compound
  • Drywall knife
  • Level
  • Fine-toothed hacksaw
  • Construction adhesive
  • Caulk
  • Caulk gun

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the old backsplash with a crowbar and a putty knife. Place the putty knife against the wall to prevent gouges from the crowbar.

  2. 2

    Repair the wall, if needed, using joint compound. Make certain that the backsplash area is clean and level. Level any low spots by applying a thin coat of joint compound with the drywall knife. Allow to dry.

  3. 3

    Measure the area for the backsplash. Cut the acrylic panel to fit, using a hacksaw. Cut the acrylic with the face side down. Leave the protective coating in place until all cuts are completed.

  4. 4

    Measure and cut any openings in the acrylic backsplash needed for outlets or to go around windows.

  5. 5

    Run beads of adhesive on the back of the panel. Adhere the panel to the wall, pressing firmly in place with the back of your hand. Repeat until all panels are installed.

  6. 6

    Load a tube of caulk into your caulk gun and cut off the tip at an angle. Press the trigger to apply a bead of cauk to any open seams.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't use abrasive cleaners on your panels. A mild dishwashing soap and a washcloth are all you need to keep your panels looking like new.

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