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Jul-21-15

WALL ACCENT TILE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

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WALL ACCENT TILE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

WALL ACCENT TILE
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

Before you begin, read the installation instructions below. Observe all local building and safety codes.
Unpack and inspect the product for any shipping damages and ensure that none of the required pieces are missing. If
you find damages, do not install.

We recommend consulting a professional if you are unfamiliar with installing tiles. Signature Hardware accepts no
liability for any damage to the tiles or wall, or for personal injury during installation.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS:
Cement fiber backer board Mortar Mason’s Wet Saw
Grout Sponge Mason’s Trowel Grout
Regular Sponge Screw Gun and Screws

INSTALLING DECORATIVE WALL TILE:

1. Plan your accent design on graph paper, to scale, for the wall. Experiment with designs: a single row of
vertical diamonds, diamonds placed at intervals, or diamonds formed into a large pattern. Arrange the dry tiles in
place on the countertop to confirm your design and locate an area to the cut tiles. Remove them once the design is
set.

2. Attach backer board to backsplash. Remove any fixtures on the backsplash. Cut pieces of the backer board
to fit the space. Fasten the backer board to the backsplash using corrosion-resistant screws or nails to attach the
backer board to the wall studs.

3. Lay tiles. Spread thin-set mortar over the backer board with the notched edge of a mason’s trowel. Lay tiles
starting at the edge of the counter. Press tiles firmly into the mortar and put spacers at the corners to make room
for grout between tiles. Lay full tiles up to the accent point, with space between full tiles to install the
diamond-shaped tiles. Lay the diamond-shaped tiles and fill in the gaps with regular tiles, cut with a mason’s wet
saw to fill the spaces and make a solid backsplash.

4. Apply grout. Let the mortar set overnight, then remove the tile spacers. Mix grout in a large pan and spread it
into the gaps between tiles with a grout sponge, using a clean sponge and fresh water to wipe excess grout off
the tiles. Wipe the tile faces again with a damp sponge when the grout has set enough to form a haze on the tile.
Remove any remaining grout with a wire brush once it fully dries.

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