Asked on Feb 9, 2020

How do I attach a galvanized tin to the wall?

Chas' Crazy CreationsCynthia HFlipturn


I am using a piece of new corrugated galvanized tin as a backsplash in my kitchen. What is the best way to attach it to the sheetrock and studs? I am wondering whether I should use a decorative nail/screw or adhesive. Thank you.

9 answers
  • Janice
    on Feb 9, 2020

    I would think that a very few well-placed screws in the areas where the corrugated portion meets the wall would adhere it well. I bet your backsplash will look awesome!

    • 1cs1267
      on Feb 9, 2020

      I marked where the studs are and, unfortunately, they are not evenly spaced across the span … do you still think the screws would look ok? I'm a senior citizen, doing the work myself, and I unfortunately obsess a little too much! I did spray a clear matte coat of Rustoleum on the tin as I didn't want that shiny shiny look …

  • Gk
    on Feb 9, 2020

    I would use screws rather than adhesive. The reason why is take if you ever want to take the tin down using an adhesive would make the tin harder to remove and you would probably destroy the sheetrock behind the tin during removal. You could attach your tin with screws into the studs and then add "dummy" screws to make it look like everything is evenly placed. The screws in the studs will be what is actually holding the tin to the wall and the decorative "dummy" screws will only go into the sheetrock but that is ok. Sometime it is those little things that bother the eye! I get it! You could also use nails if you drilled the holes in the tin first. I think over time you will not even see the screws or pay any attention to them!

  • Debbie/Dragonfly Treasure
    on Feb 9, 2020

    Love your answer GK!

  • Mogie
    on Feb 9, 2020

    As corrugated tin is relatively light, standard construction adhesive is usually strong enough to attach the tin to the wall securely with the help of some decorative nails. Latex-based products are typically best, as they’re easy to wipe off the wall if there’s any excess during installation. Always apply the adhesive evenly to the back of the tin sheet, hold the tin to the wall firmly for a few minutes until it begins to set, and tape adjoining pieces with heavy-duty painter’s tape while installing them. This will ensure everything stays put and even while the adhesive dries.

    To anchor the tin more firmly to the wall, use nails with decorative heads along the top, bottom, and sides of the backsplash. This will not only ensure the tin stays on the wall, but also add a designer touch.

    Depending on the type and color of the corrugated tin you use, you can edge the backsplash in a number of ways. For a play on texture, you can use bull nose tile. Measure the areas to be trimmed and do a dry layout on the wall with the tile to determine the best arrangement. Cut any tiles to size with a tile saw, and apply an even layer of thinset to the wall, using the notched end of a trowel. Press each tile firmly into the thin set, wiping away any excess with a damp sponge, and once everything is installed, let it dry for 24 hours. Apply grout over the tile and then wipe away the excess with a sponge, ensuring you thoroughly clean any grout that gets onto the tin.

    You can also use the same color and type of wood as your cabinets to trim all the exposed edges, cutting the trim to size and securing it to the wall with finishing nails. To play off the metal theme, use aluminum trim in a matching or complementary color, attaching it to the wall using the same adhesive you used for the corrugated tin.

  • I agree with screws, or if you're really not certain you'd like it, you could use the hanging strips from 3M before actually screwing it into the wall.

  • Flipturn
    on Feb 10, 2020

    If you do attempt to install the tin against the wall, be sure to use screws that have been specially treated to be rust resistant.

    Otherwise, in a very short time, simply due to closeness to water, and moisture in the kitchen, the screws will become rusty, and the rust will continue to grow behind the screws and the panel. This situation might easily result in a huge mess which will be troublesome and costly to repair.

  • Cynthia H
    on Feb 10, 2020

    I have galvanized metal on the front of my peninsula. It's been on for over one and a half years, and in spite of getting bumped and kicked when someone eats at the counter (I have barstools there) the screws have held tight. Just make sure they go into wood or you use a wall anchor.

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