All the questions you need answered!
- How much are the panels/ where do I get prices?
Pricing is not provided on our website. For more information please contact us.
- Will the panels rust?
Pressed Tin Panels® aluminium panels are made from a specialised grade of Aluminium sheeting, they are generally not susceptible to rust.
- How do I fix them to the wall?
Generally we recommend a product similar to Liquid Nails (Industrial glue) and Pop rivets or Wall Board nails.
- How do the panels join?
Pressed Tin Panels® aluminium panels have all been pressed to allow an over-lap join. The pattern then runs continuously along the wall or ceiling without a double-up impression.
Areas they can be used:
- Can you use them in a kitchen splash back?
Yes, we do however recommend powder coating as the Aluminium panels are porous and will absorb moisture, fats and oils without some type of sealant.
- Can you use them in behind the cooktop area in the kitchen?
Yes, however, you will need to install a Fibre Cement sheeting or Fire Retardant Gyprock behind the panel in this area. Also required is heat resistant glue. Pressed Tin Panels® will not be held responsible for the incorrect installation of their panels.
- Can you use them in the shower recess instead of tiles?
Yes, we do however recommend powder coating as the aluminium panels are porous and will absorb moisture, fats and oils without some type of sealant.
- Can I use the panels outside?
As the panels are a mill grade aluminium they will not rust and are suitable for outdoor use.
Watch our video: The great BBQ Experiment where we fired up the barbie to experiment just how Pressed Tin Panels product pieces with varying coatings, fared when it came to fat and oil splatters! Watch the video to see the verdict!
Painting or Powder Coating?
- Do I have to paint the panels?
Depending on area of installation we do recommend painting as Pressed Tin Panels® products are a mill grade Aluminium sheeting and some surface scratching may be present. Despite this, the panels can be left unpainted if desired.
- Why do you recommend powder coating?
Unsealed aluminium panels are porous. Powder coating ensures protection of the metal against fats, oils, grease, soap scum and moisture. It is an affordable, baked on, long lasting and durable coating. It covers 100% of any surface scratches that may be present as a result of manufacturing & handling. It is a highly recommended coating for the panels when being used in a splashback area.
- Can I get a clear powder coat?
A clear powder coat is often available through powder coating businesses. Unfortunately we cannot provide that option for you. Our recommendation is to discuss clear coating with your local powder coater. Please contact us direct for more information 02 6332 1738
- Are the panels easy to clean once powder coated?
Yes, even though the panels are patterned the powder coating makes cleaning a breeze as it is so smooth to the touch.
- How do you clean the powder coated panels?
We recommend the use of cleaning products or tools that are non abrasive, a cleaning cloth and hot soapy water does the trick.
- How do I paint the panels?
All Pressed Tin Panels® products have been put through an acid etch cleaning process, meaning that a basic primer is required prior, then your choice of paint. Be sure that the paint and the primer are compatible, i.e. both water based. Panels can be sprayed, brushed or rolled to achieve the desired coverage. Refer to our Panel Coating Information.
- What do I install them onto?
The panels are best installed on a clean, smooth, solid surface such as ply or MDF. This then allows a nail or rivet to be place anywhere opposed to being restricted to battens.
- Can I install over tiles?
Yes it is possible, please refer to our Installing Panels Over Existing Tiles guide.
- Do the panels dint easily?
Although the panels are only 0.55mm thick they do become quite rigid once the pressing process occurs. Galvanised panels may also be an option if a higher strength is required.
- How do I cut the panels?
Cutting Pressed Tin Panels® aluminium products is best done with an aluminium cutting disc in an angle grinder, this disc wont burn the panel and will achieve a neat finished edge. The panels can also be cut with tin snips or a guillotine if available.
Powder coated panels can also be cut, for this we recommend lubricating the blade with bee or candle wax. This allows for ease of cutting.
- How do I cut holes in Pressed Tin Panels?
Traditionally a drill hole and then small tin snips were and are used. These days with the invention of the Rotary tool hole cutting is an option along with a metal hole saw.
- What sort of edging/capping do I use for wall panels and splash backs?
Either the Small Plain Border or the Barbers Pole Border are great for this. Alternatively, a timber moulding from your local hardware store, may be used.
- What are the leaves and rosettes for?
The leaves are used in conjunction with cornice as a decorative covering for mitred corners. Similarly, border rosettes are used as a decorative covering for mitred border corners. Please note that the appropriate leaves and rosettes for each cornice or border are recommended to achieve the optimal design.