- How much are the panels/ where do I get prices?
- Will the panels rust?
Pressed Tin Panels® aluminium, galvanised and aluminium products are made from a specialised grade of sheeting, they are generally not susceptible to rust. Dependant on their exposure to elements some discolouration may occur.
- How do I fix them to the wall?
Depending on your substrate and/or project we generally we recommend an industrial glue, similar to Liquid Nails and pop rivets or wall board nails. Please click here to see our list of installation guides.
- How do the panels join?
Pressed Tin Panels® aluminium, galvanised and copper panels have all been pressed to allow an over-lap join. Unless otherwise stated (via a sticker on the back of the panel), the over-lap is around 8mm around all edges. The pattern then runs continuously along the wall or ceiling without a double-up impression.
Areas Pressed Tin Panels® products can be used:
- Can you use the panels as a kitchen splash back?
Yes, we do however recommend powder coating as the aluminium and galvanised panels are porous and will absorb moisture, fats, grease and oils without some type of sealant.
For copper panels we recommend a clear coating if you prefer to retain the raw copper shine. Click here to see our Panel Coating Information.
- Can you use them in behind the cooktop area in the kitchen?
Yes, again we do recommend powder coating the panels and to install a fibre cement sheeting or fire retardant gyprock behind the panel in this area. Also recommended is heat resistant glue. Please seek advise from a reputable hardware store for your options. Please click here for our Splashback Installation Guide.
- 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. Click here to go to the Wet Area Installation guide.
- Can I use the panels outside?
Pressed Tin Panels® aluminium and galvanised panels are a mill grade sheeting 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 the area of installation we do recommend some form of coating as Pressed Tin Panels® aluminium and galvanised products are pressed in mill grade sheeting therefore some surface scratching may be present. Despite this, the panels can be left unpainted if desired. Click here to see our Panel Coating Information.
- How do I paint the panels?
All Pressed Tin Panels® aluminium 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 or oil based, or top coat enamel over water based primer. Panels can be sprayed, brushed or rolled to achieve the desired coverage. Refer to our Panel Coating Information.
Pressed Tin Panels® galvanised panels do not go through the acid etch cleaning process. If you purchase Pressed Tin Panels® uncoated galvanised panels they will need to be acid etched prior to any form of coating be it powder coating or painting. Ask your local powder coater about this prior to getting your galvanised panels coated.
- 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 areas that are highly exposed to both internal and external elements. Click here to read more about powder coating.
- 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 easy.
- How do you clean the powder coated panels?
We recommend the use of cleaning products or tools that are non abrasive, a soft cleaning cloth with hot soapy water or even a steam cleaner.
- What do I install them onto?
The panels are best installed on a clean, smooth, solid surface. The substrate will depend on your project. For ceilings or feature walls lining boards such as ply or MDF are suitable. This then allows a nail or rivet to be place anywhere opposed to being restricted to battens.
For kitchen splashbacks we recommend a fire retardant cement sheeting or similar substrate that complies with building standards. For wet areas a marine board or substrate suitable for water proofing is recommended. We suggest liaising with your builder for more advise on your particular application.
Please click here to go to our installation guides.
- 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?
On site cutting can be achieved with an aluminium suitable cutting disc in a track saw or angle grinder, this disc wont burn the panel and will achieve a neat finished edge. Some filing may be required so it handy to have a fine, metal file on hand. Smaller sections can also be cut with a quality pair of tin snips.
For premium results Pressed Tin Panels® aluminium, galvanised or copper panels are best cut with an industrial guillotine and/or notching machine. Please contact us to ask about our cutting services.
Powder coated panels can also be cut, for this we recommend lubricating your cutting disc with bee or candle wax. This allows for ease of cutting and prevents burring. See more information below.
- Can you cut and fold powder coated panels?
If you have powder coated Pressed Tin Panels® aluminium panels ordered direct from us: the manufacturer, you can be rest assured your product is of high quality.
High quality brands of powder coating finishes are flexible and cutting or folds can be achieved if the recommended tools and methods are followed. The temperature of the powder coated panels and cutting environments does need to be considered.
We cut powder coated panels in Bathurst, NSW all year round and in the Winter time temperatures can reach to -10 degrees.
Prior to cutting in cold conditions we suggest warming up the panels: be that in the sun, in a heated room or manually by using a hand held heat gun. If you are working in colder environments we recommend to perform a test cut first. Alternatively we have some cutting services available Please contact us to ask about our cutting services.
- How do I cut holes in Pressed Tin Panels® aluminium, galvanised or copper panels?
Traditionally a drill hole and then tin snips are used. You might also use a rotary hole cutting tool or 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 our multi-use cornice mounting strip can be used in a similar manner to a tile edge. Some people also choose a timber moulding from your local hardware store. You can then paint it with a matching colour.
- 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. See our Cornice Installation Guide here.
Disclaimer: Pressed Tin Panels® will not be held responsible for the incorrect use or installation of their panels. We do not recommend mixing our products with other pressed metal products on the market.