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Old 01-09-2018, 11:11 AM   #1
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Adhesive Backsplash

Has anyone applied the adhesive backsplash tiles in their Escape. I wonder if they can be put on the vinyl wall behind the stove and sink and then later removed. It seems like it might add a nice personalization to the interior although it wouldn't be worth it if it caused damage or couldn't be removed at a future date. Thanks and have a wonderful day.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:24 AM   #2
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See here where this was done (Post #144): "The Trailer" is home!

I don't know about removing the tiles without damage as I don't know that it's been attempted.
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:43 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info. Now i will have to investigate if it is removable. It does add a nice touch though.
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I bought a box of the smart tiles in order to do the backsplash ala Laura but I haven't made time to do it yet. I do have a question for those that have done it. I noticed the vinyl lining stands a bit proud of the window frame as the frame compresses the vinyl. The tiles seem to be quite flexible but I'm wondering if additional adhesive is required to hold them snugly to the vinyl where the vinyl curves down to the window frame.
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Yep, that curve is a bitch to work with. I didn't get it exactly right and I can see where the problems are, but everyone else looking at it "claims" they don't see it.

You are able to push the vinyl in a bit and I'd strongly (as in MUST do this) advise you to trim your vinyl a bit larger so you can smoosh it under the frame. As well as under the edges of the walls and countertop.

Again, I didn't do that, so I had to cut tiny little pieces out to fill in those gaps. What a major PITA that was! It would be easier to cut it a bit larger and trim down if need be. Some of those extra little bits have come up so I just stuck some Gorilla Glue on 'em to keep them in place.

I haven't yanked it off, so can't say anything about damaging the vinyl. But if I ever took it off, it would be because the little oopsies bothered me enough that I had to redo it without 'em. After seeing that backsplash for over a year, I could not have just the blank wall in there again. It would have to be replaced with either the same or another design.

I've included a photo of it to refresh everyone's minds on how it looks. We love it! And so does everyone else that's viewed the trailer.
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Old 01-09-2018, 02:07 PM   #6
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Yep, that curve is a bitch to work with. I didn't get it exactly right and I can see where the problems are, but everyone else looking at it "claims" they don't see it.

You are able to push the vinyl in a bit and I'd strongly (as in MUST do this) advise you to trim your vinyl a bit larger so you can smoosh it under the frame. As well as under the edges of the walls and countertop.

Again, I didn't do that, so I had to cut tiny little pieces out to fill in those gaps. What a major PITA that was! It would be easier to cut it a bit larger and trim down if need be. Some of those extra little bits have come up so I just stuck some Gorilla Glue on 'em to keep them in place.

I haven't yanked it off, so can't say anything about damaging the vinyl. But if I ever took it off, it would be because the little oopsies bothered me enough that I had to redo it without 'em. After seeing that backsplash for over a year, I could not have just the blank wall in there again. It would have to be replaced with either the same or another design.

I've included a photo of it to refresh everyone's minds on how it looks. We love it! And so does everyone else that's viewed the trailer.
Thank you. Your hints will be very helpful when I install mine. Other than the small edge gaps does the rest seem to still be holding onto the vinyl wall? Thanks ... Bill
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My number one tip is to pick a pattern that can be lined up square with the counter top lip or trim your pattern so that it is square so you avoid the headaches and little pieces that Laura had. Also don't go cheap on the material as there are several knock off brands. I got the premium Smart Tiles and the install has remained flawless.
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Thanks for the info. Now i will have to investigate if it is removable. It does add a nice touch though.
Yes, you can remove it without damage (at least with the Smart Tile brand I used).
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Thank you. Your hints will be very helpful when I install mine. Other than the small edge gaps does the rest seem to still be holding onto the vinyl wall? Thanks ... Bill
Yep, it's all staying on there just fine.

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My number one tip is to pick a pattern that can be lined up square with the counter top lip or trim your pattern so that it is square so you avoid the headaches and little pieces that Laura had. Also don't go cheap on the material as there are several knock off brands. I got the premium Smart Tiles and the install has remained flawless.
Yep, very true. I was thinking that when I typed my first reply, but forgot to include that info. Mine has curved edges, so there was a gap between the pattern and the edges of the wall/top of counter. So, yeah, had to add little bits in those areas. If I replace it, I'll go with rectangles or some such that are even along the edge. If you pick up a sheet of this stuff, you'll know what we mean.

I'd also suggest starting on the right side, above the stove top first. In that area you can put in an entire sheet without cutting it and you can get used to applying it. I started on the tricky, left side.
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the Smart Tile brand
Ack! They have some new patterns/colors! Ack! Dang.
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