Instructions for Slate-ish Panel Installation:

Download the PDF HERE

Quick Overview:
1. Clean, Flat Wall Surface (sheetrock must be painted)
2. Peel off paper backing from the back of the panel. Angle the panel out from the wall so the bottom edge is placed first - when the adhesive touches the wall it sticks well!
3. Cut with a miter saw - carbide tipped blades work best.
4. You can use Loose Tiles in conjunction with Panels if you need more flexibility in your installation.
5. Sit back an enjoy! Impress your friends and family!

Instructions for Slate-ish Bulk Loose Tile Installation:

For Full Installation Instructions, click HERE

Quick Overview:
1. Clean, Flat Wall Surface (sheetrock must be painted)
2. Use Clear 100% Silicone Adhesive (available at any hardware store in the caulk isle!)
3. Start at the bottom and work your way up - using painters tape to hold tiles in place until dry if necessary.
4. Cut with a miter saw - carbide tipped blades work best.
5. If you smear adhesive - let it dry and cut away later, or use a utility knife blade or even sandpaper to scrape off.
6. You did it! It looks amazing!


Cutting Slate-ish is easy- We use carbide-tipped blades on a miter saw. Nothing fancy. Slate-ish is hard, but does not require a diamond-blade tile cutter.
You can see how easy it is to install our Peel & Stick Panels. Look for more videos to be released soon!


Corners

There are three main options for corners using Slate-ish: Overlap, Miter, or Tile Edging.

Overlap: The edge of the tile is covered by the tile on the adjacent face. You can overlap in one direction only (if you are only turning a very small corner area), or you can alternate each row back and forth. Images shown are alternating Overlap.

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Mitered: You can cut a single tile with a mitered edge so that the thickness of the tile matches as you go around the corner. Alternatively, you can cut to length and sand the back edge. Be sure to over-cut as shown in the 2nd picture, so you don’t have to worry about the angle of the wall corner.
Pre-cut Corner Pieces are also available as a 10 linear foot product HERE. The drop-down menu in each colors’ product includes both Loose and Peel & Stick options.

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Tile Edging: For these images, this is the Schluter tile edging we used - it’s meant to be used to end a tile field, so you can use it at a corner by itself, even if you don’t intend to tile around the corner. Available at Home Depot or other hardware stores. The black looks great with the Asphalt tiles, and it’s also available in a variety of silver versions.

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Sealing/Painting SLATE-ISH

Sealing is not necessary. Sealing is purely aesthetic, and will darken the color significantly.  You may choose to seal SLATE-ish in areas of extreme wear or in locations that might receive moisture on the surface, or if you prefer a darker color or a gloss finish.
We recommend using a spray-on water based polyurethane, though this could be applied with a sponge or brush as well. Other coatings may be suitable, such as herbal oils (like Bioshield). If you prefer to use another type of sealer, please test an area first. Gloss finishes tend to make the tile look more synthetic – a matte finish is more similar to actual slate or other natural stone.
 


Variation

Color variations are inherent in this material. Because our material is recycled and from various sources, the color may be slightly different than representative samples. Different manufacturers, batches, and sources can result in differences in color tone, visible layering, and texture. We recommend mixing tiles in each shipment to assure even distribution of these variances.
The paper-laminates used to make SLATE-ish oxidize over time, darkening the color, whether the tiles have been sealed or left raw.