Pressed Metal Customer Installation Guide by Schots Home Emporium

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Pressed Metal Customer Installation Guide
The following instructions are a guide directed at the Tradesman or experienced Handy Person.
Preparation for Installation
If your surface is not flat, as is the case with the walls and ceilings of a lot of older homes, then Battens, Plywood, Plasterboard or Render can be used to level the surface. In a ceiling installation for example 2”x1” battens (finished 40mm by 19mm) should be the minimum size. Where cover strips are used in conjunction with the body panels, battens should be at least 75mm wide to allow nailing on both sides of the border. The simplest way to install our panels is to use building ply as sub-strata fixed directly to the ceiling or awning joists or over an existing ceiling. This surface is easily leveled and does not require planning for batten layout. This installation method is our recommendation for the less experienced Handy person; a Trades person where time is of the essence; a complicated layout; and for all awning installations.
Laying Out
A ceiling should be set out using string lines intersecting at right angles at a convenient place toward the centre of the room and oriented roughly parallel to the walls. These lines should then be translated parallel to form secondary sets allowing for sheet size and number to either economize on the number of sheets to be used; to centre a feature pattern; or to accommodate other features like chimneys in a particular installation.
Battens (if used), should then be nailed across the joints at approx., 300ml centers to suit the sheet size and the joint locations. Cross battens should be provided where panels will join, overlap or end, and these may need to be further stiffened from behind if they are too springy and therefore difficult to nail into.
There are many ways of installing this product; gluing – nailing – pop-riveting – and various combinations of these. Each application is dependent upon the surface that the panels are to be fixed to.
Plated Hardboard or Soft Sheet nails should be used. Placement of these nails is important to ensure the least amount of damage to the pattern relief during installation.
The use of liquid nails or similar products is an extremely simple and efficient way of installation and is the recommended method for all wall installations. A two step process is recommended where the glue is applied (approximately 1 tube for each 3 square meters will be required) and the sheet is pressed into place to distribute the glue to the other surface. The panel is then removed and allowed to ‘touch dry’. The sheet is then again pressed into place lightly and then aligned. For a Hallway, bench top or bathroom installation, horizontal temporary battens or skirting is the ideal support for the bottom row. A few tacks may be required to hold other sheets in place, as they an skew side ways when unsupported. It is difficult to achieve good results with glue when working alone with ceiling fixing.
Is often used in the modern home where metal ceiling battens have been used. A combination or rivets and glue is the recommended fixing technique. Split rivets can also be used to close any unsupported joins and are very effective when installing over existing pressed metal, fibro, Masonite or plasterboard.
This is perhaps the most important step and the easiest to trip up on. It is crucial to make sure allowance is made for overlapping adjoining sheets. All sheets are designed to provide and overlap at the edges and the ‘fit’ can be felt when lining sheets up. It is best to practice for this feel by trials on the floor with whole sheets. The direction of the overlap must also be considered at the layout stage and we recommend that panels be laid outwards from the centre of the grid making sure they overlap away from the primary entrance to the room. It is also important to fix from the centre of the sheet outwards to avoid buckle or sag. When fixing, ensure the lap and the fit but leave the nailing or riveting of the lap until last.
Cutting of Panels
Cutting can be done by:
  • Scoring and bending over a straight edge
  • With heavy scissors / Tin snips
  • Or electric shears
The layout should allow cuts only on the outer perimeter where possible. Finished edges cover strips, or cornices should cover all cuts.
Filling and Painting
Each of the Schots pressed aluminum sheets are primed with an acrylic primer. Fill all joints with flexible filler and finish with two coats of acrylic paint – speak to a paint technician about an appropriate paint for your needs (compatible with the acrylic primer).
Installing Cornices
Cornices are the first item to be installed after laying out the ceiling and installing the batten grid or ply. To help identify the orientation of the cornice, the top edge (flange) should lie flush to the ceiling batten forming the perimeter of the grid. The outermost ceiling sheet cut to suit ultimately covers this top flange. The bottom edges of the cornice butts against the wall and is nailed from below into a batten fitted to the wall for this purpose.
Installing Cover Strips and Corner Caps
Cover strips and caps are used to cover joints between different pattern styles and are most commonly used to frame the junction between filler strips and feature panels. They can also be used effectively on a plain ceiling to provide a relief decoration or along a wall as a chair rail decoration. (In this last application the strip should be filled with plaster or another filler to provide strength).
Cover strips should be joined by cutting and overlapping along any repeating patterns they may have. Strips can either be butted up against the Corner Caps or the edges of the Caps cut to cover mitered or other joints. Any gaps can be filled with flexible filler.
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