I live in an older mobile home and would like to put peel and stick or regular tiles over the back splash in the kitchen that is made of laminate, like the counter tops. Can this be done?
By Judy from Braham, MN
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I have done this at camp. Do not leave gaps or it will come up as water eventually will leak through. The counter area must be clean & dry, use the tiles and if they are not sticking you will need to use an iron to heat it up (put clean white paper on tile to protect it, move it often). This is also a good way to remove the stick on tile <g> use a brass scraper (stiffer) to help scrape it up when its warm. Make sure you do not cut on it, do not put hot pots on it, lift up the drain board and let area dry, when wiping counter do not leave water standing, wipe dry.
Clean the laminate thoroughly with something like STP. Rinse and dry well as well. Sand the laminate lightly in all directions with a fine grit sandpaper to make a tooth for the adhesive tiles.I agree with Lorelei that you should use another thin layer of adhesive on the laminate itself, perhaps No More Nails to reinforce the stuff on the back of the tiles. Whatever u use should be waterproof and mold resistant if possible since they will be exposed to so much water. Maybe clear caulk like is used in bathrooms would work as the second adhesive but I would spread it thin with a putty knife.
Yes, peel and stick tiles can be used as a backsplash, but don't rely on the self adhesive to work alone. You will need to spread thinly another type of adhesive to the wall prior to placing tiles.
No. I would advise against that, m.o ~ Actually, what looks really nice, easy maintenance etc. You can find it at Home Depot or maybe Rona's. It's a board, back splash. They come in different sizes. I had a navy blue one, blackish in between to simulate the tiled edges. And it was very affordable and washable, etc., Low maintenance. Easy to put up. Did it myself.
If you use peel and stick, eventually, it will fall off and it's a pain. They may slide around, you start to see spaces, in between the tiles, etc. Similar to a floor only worse. They aren't designed to lay upwards flat, they fall down. You basically either have to glue them down for durability or mud them with tile glue.
If ever you want to change your mind. That makes it hard to take off virtually destroying your walls. Here's a link to it. I found it at Home Depot. It comes in different styles and sizes. The website is limited. In case the link won't load. You can do a search on Home Depot-Backsplashes.
Hope that helps! Just an added idea. :)
http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/ ... atchall&N=0&Ntk=P_PartNumber
By Poor But Proud02/23/2011
Also, you may want to think of some nice molding around the top to keep it in place. Good plan!
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Has anyone used peel and stick tile in their bathroom? Do you have to use extra glue do to the moisture?
Kelly from Miami
We just put vinyl stick tiles in our kitchen and dining room and were all ready to use extra adhesive. But when we read the package, it was very clear that we should not use any extra adhesive because it might interact with their adhesive. I went online to see what everyone thought and sifted through a bunch of posts, mostly saying that we should NOT even consider using peel and sticks. Most of them said that extra adhesive wasn't necessary.
We had already purchased them and decided to just go for it. We painted Kilz primer on the flat subfloor and also filled in the joints and screw holes with joint compound (sanded flat too). The tiles we got (Novalis) were extremely sticky and we had a hard time pulling them up on the few that we didn't stick down exactly straight. We went and rented a 100 lb. roller and rolled over the finished tiles to make sure they were very stuck down (it cost maybe $15.00 for a few hours). They have only been in for a couple of weeks but seem very stuck down and water resistant.
That said, for my bathroom, I would probably use a sheet of vinyl instead because I know how much water my boys get on the floor. I'm not sure the extra adhesive would prevent water from getting into the subfloor. I have also heard reports that it oozes up from between the tiles over time and is very messy.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out. Jess (06/19/2007)
It seems like there is quite a bit of advice for both sides. I put very inexpensive white peel and stick in my bathroom. I never had any problems with them lifting or chipping. The only problem I had was the color, I would never put a white floor anywhere again.
I decided to change to lino and I practically needed a jackhammer to get the tiles off. They didn't seem that sticky when I put them down. (06/19/2007)
I'm using peel and stick tile in my kitchen. I'm putting it over existing square tile. Is there anything I need to do before sticking down the tile?
Rachel from Holtsville, NY
Also, if you'll be cutting any pieces to fit around the toilet, etc., two things will make it easier. First, warm it up a bit with a hair dryer. Secondly, if you have an old pair of kitchen shears you no longer use, your hands will thank you. Regular scissors aren't quite good enough to cut through the tiles. (03/15/2009)
I recommend having old linoleum under the tiles for the water proof factor of the subflooring beneath. Also, I watched videos on HGTV before starting and got some very helpful tips on how to measure around corners and such. I'm super happy with my tiles. (03/18/2009)
Since you are cutting the tiles to fit, make sure to keep the spare pieces. I decided to use the spare pieces along with some full size (12x12) tiles, cut into 3rds, to redo the backsplash in my kitchen. It looks fantastic. I used wood trim below and above to even it out and give it depth. I still have to spackle/wood fill the screw holes in the trim, caulk and then put a couple coats of polycrylic over to seal and protect from water, but the transformation is amazing.
If you are considering using peel-n-stick, most home improvement stores will let you buy one, or a few pieces. This way, you can put in different areas (before installing) to see how it will go. The tiles I used have the grout line in them also, making them look more like real tile. I tried putting it on the sides of my white laminate kitchen cabinets. It doesn't stay up, unless you use a 2nd strong adhesive and some small screws. I decided against it and used textured wall paper. Good luck! (03/28/2009)
I have replaced the wood in the kitchen floor of a mobile home and want to put down peel and stick tile. How do I go about doing this?
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By Laura from Lafayette, LA
Find the center of the floor, lay 4 tiles in a square and work from the middle of your floor to the outer perimeter. You can always cut your tiles to fit next to the baseboards. Go to Google and search for a website that shows you how to properly lay a floor. (01/01/2010)
Lay out your tiles along the wall and work toward the cabinets, as this is the most seen area. Cut to fit under the cabinets. If you have molding down the wall and under cabinets, remove and discard. You really need to buy new to put over the tiles. If you are applying over plywood or a very bumpy textured linoleum then buy adhesive, otherwise super clean and extra super rinse the floor. Hope this helps. (01/24/2010)
A few of my self adhesive vinyl tiles did not stick. What should I do?
By Judy from Jonesboro, GA
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