How To Install Tile Backsplash With Mesh?

  • By: Sam
  • Date: February 3, 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.

How To Install Tile Backsplash With Mesh?

Installing a tile backsplash can seem like a daunting task, but with the help of mesh backing, it can be a breeze.

This guide will show you how to install tile backsplash using mesh, so you can have a beautiful and durable backsplash in no time! Read on for tips and advice for installing your very own tile backsplash with mesh. You’ll be glad you did!

So, how to install tile backsplash with mesh? In order to do so, lay your tiles over mesh backer boards and apply pressure around the tiles then cut the mesh backer board around outlets and other fixtures. For more detail read the complete article below.

Material Required to Install Tile Backsplash With Mesh

In order to install a tile backsplash with mesh, you will need the following materials:

  1. Tile backsplash
  2. Mesh backing
  3. Tape measure
  4. Level
  5. Pencil
  6. Paint roller and tray
  7. Paintbrush
  8. Screwdriver
  9. Sponge or rag
  10. Thinset mortar
  11. Utility knife

In addition, you will also need the following tools:

  1. Safety glasses
  2. rubber gloves
  3. dust mask
  4. protective sheeting

You can find most of the materials and tools at your local hardware store. If you are looking for tile installation materials, use our project planner to help you estimate how much you need of each material!

Bonus tip: if you’re interested in tiling around an outlet or tiling inside of a corner, here is our detailed guide on how to tile backsplash around outlet and how to tile inside corner.

Before You Start to Install Tile Backsplash With Mesh   

When installing a tile backsplash, it is important to take your time and make sure that all of your measurements are correct. You want the backsplash to look as good as possible so don’t try to rush through this process.

Take your time and follow the steps that we outlined below and you should be able to completely install the tile backsplash with mesh successfully.

When working around electrical outlets, switches, and other such features, make sure they are turned off so as not to cause any damage to appliances or yourself. If at any point there is a question about whether an outlet is off, always use a safer method to check.

Top tip: Just in case you find yourself in a situation where you have to tile around outlets, check out our easy-to-follow guides on how to cut glass tile around outlets and how to cut tiles with a grinder.

How To Install Tile Backsplash With Mesh-A Step-by-step Guide

Installing a tile backsplash with mesh backing is a great way to add some style and durability to your kitchen. This guide will show you how to install a tile backsplash with mesh using easy-to-follow steps.

Step 1

Measure the area you will be installing the backsplash in, and make sure to take into account any outlets, switches, or other features that may need to be avoided.

Step 2

Make sure that the surface you will be installing the backsplash on is clean and dry.

Step 3

Outline the area you will be installing the backsplash with a pencil, making sure to measure accurately as to not make any mistakes.

Step 4

Apply a coat of thin-set mortar to the surface using a sponge or rag. Be sure to read the directions on the mortar carefully so that you use the correct amount.

Step 5

After applying the mortar to the surface, tape off an area that is 6 inches around your outline using protective sheeting or blue painter’s tape. Be sure to press down firmly on the edges of the tape so that it will stick well onto your surface and leave no gaps for the thin-set mortar to get under it.

Step 6

Mix up your mortar according to the directions, and use a paint roller to apply it to the 6 inches taped-off area you laid out in step 5.

Step 7

Press the mesh backing against the moistened surface, keeping it flat and at an angle so that water can drain away from behind the backsplash once it is installed. Be sure to cover the entire area that you applied mortar to, and continue pressing the mesh backing firmly against it.

Step 8

Allow the thin-set mortar to dry for about 30 minutes before installing any tiles on top of it, so they will stick well when pressed down.

Step 9

With your tile pattern chosen, lay them out on a flat surface to make sure they will fit correctly.

Step 10

Take out the tile from your pattern that you will be using as a corner piece, and place it near one of the corners of your backsplash where it will be installed.

Step 11

Measure the distance between this corner and how far away from it you can safely put another tile, making sure to keep the sides even.

Step 12

Cut a piece of mesh backing that is the same width as your tile and the measured distance you took in step 11 using scissors or shears.

Step 13

Apply adhesive to the back of your tile by following the directions on the adhesive container. Be sure not to use too much as it will run and make a mess. Apply adhesives to the back of your corner piece last, and do not press it down until all other tiles have been pressed into their adhesive.

Step 14

Working from left to right, press each tile into its adhesive on the mesh backing with the flat side of a putty knife or trowel. Press firmly down as you go to make sure all adhesive is sticking.

If an adhesive does not stick after pressing it several times, try removing it from the mesh backing and repositioning it to a different section of the mesh backing.

Step 15

Once the entire backsplash has been installed, let it dry overnight before turning any appliances or fixtures on and avoiding contact with anything that may cause damage (water, cleaner, etc.).

Step 16

Caulk along any seams in which two pieces of tile meet together, and allow that to dry for a few hours before cleaning it with a damp cloth.

Step 17

Enjoy your new tile backsplash!  

Conclusion

In conclusion, when installing a tile backsplash in your kitchen there are many steps to follow including measuring the area, applying mortar and mesh backing, and laying out any patterns or designs for the tiles.

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