Style with Stainless Steel

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Stainless Steel has been a very popular finish in private and commercial kitchens. Many homes utilize Stainless Steel in appliances including the refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, etc. Now, Stainless Steel is finding its way onto more surfaces than just in appliances.

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More often, home buyers will come across Stainless Steel sheets onto the walls in kitchens and other rooms. In fact, Stainless Steel has been very popular for its attractive surface. Many choose to use Stainless Steel for its easy to clean exterior and its hygienic surface. Food preparation is a lot easier with Stainless Steel as it is less likely to harbor bacteria when cleaned than other surfaces.   Since its surface is highly attractive to many consumers, more and more individuals are styling their homes and business with Stainless Steel!

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If you are going to use Stainless Steel to your surfaces, let Shanghai Metal Corporation teach you how!

1

You must close the breakers that are providing you electricity. After you turn off you’re your breakers, place an non contact electrical tester against the toggle switches. Also, place a noncontact electrical tester against any electrical outlets on the wall after that you wish to cover with Stainless Steel. The tester will light up and sound an alarm if electricity is still present. If the tester shows the sign of the presence of electricity, make sure to turn off the switches and outlets.

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An example of a non contact electrical tester

2

Clear away the screws that are holding any target wall plates to toggle the switches and electrical outlets. Afterwards, take away the wall plates from the wall. You should leave the toggle switches and electrical outlets connected to the wall.

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3

SMC suggests to spray a grease-cutting cleaner onto your target wall. Clean the surface of the wall with a sponge, scrub brush, or towels. Remove excess cleaner from the wall with paper towels.

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4

Utilize an 80-grit sandpaper to remove any bumps and imperfections on the wall. Keep sanding the wall until the surface of the wall is flat. This is important because the Stainless Steel sheets must adhere to the surface and sanded surface will help increase glue adhesion.

80-grit sandpaper
80-grit sandpaper

5

With a caulk gun, pull back the push rod above the handle. The push rod should lock in place. Make sure to add at least a 10-ounce tube of silicone adhesive caulk into the gun. When you are done, pull the trigger to secure the tube.

 

caulk gun
caulk gun

 

6

Use utility shears to remove the tip from the tube of caulk. If you want a larger opening on the end of the caulk tube, then cut the tip further back. Place a Phillips screwdriver into the tip and push the end of the screwdriver through the caulk tube to allow the caulk to flow from the tube.

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image is from http://www.homeconstructionimprovement.com

7

Add a liberal amount of silicone adhesive around the perimeter of the wall. Apply more silicone in a zigzag pattern within the perimeter. Make sure you have enough tubes of silicone adhesive caulk for your wall. For reference, a 10-ounce tube of silicone adhesive caulk is necessary for every 20 linear feet of Stainless Steel.

A caulk guide created by Lowes
A caulk guide created by Lowes

8

Make sure to hold the Stainless Steel sheet at an angle. The bottom of the Stainless Steel sheet must rest against the bottom of the wall. Any cutouts in the Stainless Steel sheet should line up with any items that are permanently installed in the wall, which includes toggle switches and electrical outlets.

Stainless Steel Sheets by Shanghai Metal Corporation
Stainless Steel Sheets by Shanghai Metal Corporation

9

Slant the Stainless Steel sheet toward the wall until the whole Stainless Steel sheet is against the wall. You may slide the sheet into position once it is against the wall if it is off a bit since there is a leeway time before the adhesive sets.

Stainless Steel used on walls
Stainless Steel used on walls

10

Tape the Stainless Steel sheet into place with several pieces of duct tape until the adhesive has set.

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11

Replace the electrical outlet and toggle switch covers. You can now turn on the circuit breakers.

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Circuit Breaker

12

Make sure to not touch the wall for at least 24 hours. You should leave the tape on the Stainless Steel sheets for at least a whole day. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity may increase drying times so try to adjust accordingly.

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Shanghai Metal corporation is a proud supplier of high quality Stainless Steel sheets that can be used for walls in your homes and businesses. These are also perfect for elevators and styling your kitchen.

 

For more information about Shanghai Metal Corporation, CLICK HERE

For more information about Stainless Steel Wall Sheets, CLICK HERE

For Stainless Steel Tweets by SMC, CLICK HERE

 

Disclaimer:

How-To Information is gathered from SFGate

 

 

 

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