How to Prepare Your Wall for Tacky Tiles
It is important to prepare the surface where you will install the Tacky Tile Stickers. A poorly prepared wall can compromise the tile’s adherence and durability. The surface must be thoroughly cleaned before starting the installation. Some wall are not suitable for tiling. Other walls will require some preparation work before installation.
Cleaning the Wall Before Installing Tacky Tiles
Clean the surface with a GREASE-REMOVER such as TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate) or sugar soap. Make sure that you allow enough time for the surface to dry properly. For optimal adhesiveness you can also gently scrub painted surfaces with fine sandpaper (1200 grit). This removes the oily or glossy layer of the paint and slightly roughens the surface, giving the tiles better adhesion.
Wall & Tile Temperature
The temperature of the wall and tiles should be at least 20°C for 12 hours before installation, and should remain above this temperature for 24 hours afterward. This is very important because the tiles will not stick well on a cold surface. This is more of an issue during the winter as the wall temperature is often lower than room temperature. So make sure that your walls are moderately warm, which can be achieved with a normal household Heater.
Press All Grout Lines Firmly
Make sure you press ALL grout lines firmly, and AVOID TOUCHING the adhesive side of the tiles. Post Heating with a heatgun after installation will also ensure better adhesion.
These surfaces will provide good quality results:
These surfaces will not be suitable for Tacky Tile Stickers.