Im just curious how you install loose plastic laminate back splashes? The way we do it now is quite time consuming and yields mixed results ( clamp the front edge of the top, and cut sticks to keep pressure on the splash against the wall glued with silicone). We have used the back splash clips that screw onto the c-top and route into the splash but that seems to take quite a bit of time with good results.
I don't install anymore, but the coolest trick I saw for this was Silicone and a professional hot melt glue gun. apply both, then push it tight while the hot melt cured, then that would hold while the silicone dried.
best way we discovered is to place backsplash in place and note recesses in wall. install a screw into wall stud or install sheetrock anchor into sheet rock behind backsplash where the backsplash is out from wall located in the middle area of the backsplash. now that you have a few screws installed mark locations on back splash at corresponding locations of screws and use a keyhole bit to router screw location in back of splashes starting at the bottom of backsplash moving up to accomondate the screw that's in the wall. key hole slot allows for splash to be slid down over screw heads that you have already installed in wall. to achieve tight fit just adjust screws to desired depth sticking out from wall. trial and error sometimes on screw depth , but once you've tried the system you'll really like how it works. no glue , no clamps, no headaches no redo's no etc....
When you glue the splashes to the wall and the cabinets and attached top settle, the caulk joint opens with the splashes left hanging on the wall.
Smart clips work well, the flake is routed out from the bottom with just the laminate left, if the caulk joint ever fails the splash is not going to swell from water. The clips also let your splashes fit to a curved wall with out clamps.
I will agree, Smart clips are time consuming the use.
COnst Adhesive with a decent hot melt glue gun is the only sane way to attach lots of commercial backsplashes. Done 100's this way and the only time it doesn't work well is if the wall is way cupped. Do yourself a favor and get a commercial glue gun. The glue gets hotter and gives you a few more seconds to position. Probably holds better too.
Thanks, We are doing many splashes at once. Seems to me like the Hot Melt Glue with a commercial applicator is the fastest way to install these splashes. When youre installing 50-100 of these at a time this seems the best option. If im charging my customer by the hour this seems best for everyone involved.
Next time I will try the hot melt glue option and report back. Thanks
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