Before you start make sure you have all the tools you will need for the job to hand, here is a check list for you:
- Paintbrush - L Shaped Steal Baton (supplied)
- Acrylic Primer - Screws and Raw Plugs
- Spirit Level - Powder Flexible Adhesive for External or Internal Use
- Pen - Mixing Bucket
- Large Notched Tiling Trowel - Ruber Gloves
Certain tiles can be heavy so you may need a second person to assist
Preparing the surface
Make sure the area you wish to mount the piece can take the weight of the tiles
Remove any rendering or paint to expose the surface, this ensures a stronger bond
Mark out where your piece is going to be and attach L shape steel support baton (supplied) to the wall using masonry screws and rawl plugs
Paint the surface with two coats of an acrylic primer, this will reduce surface dust and porosity of the wall and helps the flexibility and durability of the adhesive
Before preparing the area for tiling make sure the tiles are dry and free from dust as the adhesive may not adhere properly to damp tiles.
Lay out all the tiles on a dry surface in the correct order following the numbered picture supplied, this will make sure you fit the piece in the correct order. We also number each individual tile on the back.
We recommend you butter the back of the tiles by spreading a small amount of adhesive across the back with the flat edge of the trowel, this will give a good key.
Mix an amount of the flexible adhesive in a clean bucket following the manufactures instructions.
Apply adhesive in a small area of the wall where the first row of tiles will be. Working in small sections will make sure the adhesive does not begin to set before you are ready to set the tile.
We recommended using a good quality powder flexible adhesive which allows for minor movement on the surface being tiled. A ready mix adhesive may not be strong enough to use with the heavy tiles and can take longer to set.
Setting the Tiles
Starting on the left hand side, hold the first tile on a slight angle, rest it on the steal baton and firmly place it onto the wall, then press and twist into place to avoid any air getting trapped underneath.
Take your time setting this tile correctly to make sure you get the best results for the whole piece.
Repeat the process with the next tile, sitting it flush with the first tile with minimal gaps. Any irregularities in the tiles can be evened out by applying more adhesive during the fitting.
Continue the process until you have set the first row of the piece. We recommended you then allow this row to set up for a few hours before setting the remaining tiles.
Clean any adhesive from the surface of the tile with a damp sponge before it has chance to dry.
Set the remaining tiles following the above process.
Use a damp sponge to remove any excess adhesive around the edges, this will give you a neater finish.
You could add wall mounted solar lights to light up your piece at night.
Now sit back and enjoy your beautiful piece of stone wall art