Fitting Kitchen Splashback Panels in 11 Easy Steps
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Fitting Kitchen Splashback Panels in 11 Easy Steps

Fitting kitchen splashback panels is a great way to add both functionality and style to the place where you prep, cook and, in many cases, eat your favourite food. The first step is choosing the right splashback for your kitchen, with different colours, patterns and materials to consider.

But once you’ve made the right choice for your kitchen, it’s time for installation. In most cases, fitting kitchen splashback panels is a relatively straightforward process. However, there are several steps to follow if you’re considering a DIY project.

Thankfully, our handy guide is here to help. Read on as we discuss how to fit kitchen splashback panels….

What you need before fitting kitchen splashback panels

Before you get started, there are a range of essentials you’ll need to hand:

  • Safety gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Electric jigsaw or fine tooth saw
  • Stanley knife
  • Clamps
  • Masking tape
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Sanding block
  • Sandpaper
  • Adhesive
  • Silicone gun
  • Silicone
  • Pieces of cardboard
  • Damp cloth

It’s also essential to keep your panels flat before installation. The edges may be sharp when removed from the packaging too, so wear gloves to avoid injury.

How to fit a kitchen splashback

1. Clean the wall before installation

Before you start, ensure the wall the splashback will be affixed to is free from dust and dirt. If you have newly plastered walls, a PVA seal must be applied before installing a splashback. This will ensure the adhesive is not absorbed into the plaster. If this happens, the panel may come away from the wall.

2. Take measurements

Once your wall is prepared, measure the area of the wall you want to cover and transfer these measurements to the back of the splashback, ready for cutting. Leave the protective film on the panel until the end.

3. Mask the cut lines

Stick masking tape around the splashback along the cut lines as this helps to prevent chipping.

4. Clamp the splashback down

Once you have everything measured correctly, clamp the splashback firmly in place. This will reduce movement during cutting and avoid any mistakes. Place cardboard between the splashback and the clamp to prevent any marks.

5. Cut the panel

Now it’s time to put on your safety glasses and cut the panel with a jigsaw or fine tooth saw to the measurement lines.

6. Place the panel in situ

Check the panel fits perfectly in the dedicated space. You can get someone else to hold it while you step back and look to make sure.

7. Sand the splashback edges

The cut edge may have rough edges, so lightly sand this to smooth the sides. Use a different grade of sandpaper to get a polished finish if required.

8. Apply adhesive

Apply adhesive to the wall or directly to the panel, and then ensure the panel is flush and pushed onto the wall. Try to avoid placing adhesive close to the outer edges, as it will ooze out the sides when you smooth out air pockets. If you need to adjust its position, you have a limited amount of time to do it. Once the glue is dry, it is very strong, permanent, and hard to remove.

It’s also important to use good quality adhesive. For example, our Igloo adhesive tubes are high-quality products designed specifically for panel installation. When applying the adhesive, distribute evenly and avoid dotting and dabbing it to ensure secure fixings. A minimum of two adhesive tubes is recommended per panel, depending on the cut size.

Please take a look at our video for more information.

9. Silicone the edges

After initially fitting kitchen splashback panels, the next step is to seal any edges with silicone. This creates a flush look against the wall and minimises moisture penetration.

10. Leave for 24-48 hours

To help the adhesive set, leave for 24-48 hours. In this time, it’s best if you can avoid touching or knocking your splashback panels.

11. Remove protective film and clean

After 24-48 hours, remove the protective film and wipe the panel with a damp cloth.

Voila, job complete!

More top tips for fitting kitchen splashbacks

Choose larger PVC panels

Opting for larger PVC panels will help reduce the amount of cutting required to get the best fit. This also creates a smoother finish, as there are fewer joins in the material.

Select a classic colour or design

If you’re looking for a functional and long-lasting kitchen splashback, choose a colour that never goes out of fashion. Classic colours such as white, black, grey and beige are popular options that work with most interior themes.

Opt for PVC panels

There are several kitchen splashback options available, including glass, tiles, stainless steel and PVC. However, PVC provides an affordable and hardwearing solution for everyday kitchen use. It’s also really simple to install compared to other materials. Plus, it’s 100% waterproof and easy to clean!

Kitchen splashbacks at Igloo Surfaces

Installing a PVC kitchen splashback doesn’t have to be complicated. Our handy guide above details the simple steps to get your room looking stylish in no time. There are tons of benefits to choosing PVC over other materials in your kitchen. Best of all, it’s a super affordable option that boasts durability, particularly in high moisture spaces.

At Igloo Surfaces, we have a wide range of kitchen splashback panels suited to both traditional and contemporary homes. We also have trims and adhesives, perfect for creating a secure and smooth finish.

Our range is available in numerous colours including classic black, white and grey. There’s also the option of adding vibrant shades such as lime, pink and orange to create a striking look. Our panels also come with a 20-year product guarantee for extra peace of mind.

So, if you’re in the process of renovating your kitchen and need some advice, we’re here to help. From information on sizing and colours to guides for installing your splashback, our team is available if you have any questions. Contact us on 01709 329117 or email [email protected].

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