Different Peel And Stick Backsplashes Change Under High Temperatures

Apr 26, 2024

In modern home decor, Peel and Stick backsplash products are popular for their easy installation and diverse design options. However, for peel-and-stick backsplashes used in high-temperature environments such as kitchens, consumers need more understanding and actual testing to ensure the product's heat resistance and performance. This article will introduce the different types of peel-and-stick backsplashes and explore the heat testing of these products to help consumers make informed purchasing and usage decisions.

Introduction to Peel and Stick Backsplash Products of Different Materials

Compared with traditional ceramic tiles, peel and stick backsplash products can complete the backsplash modification at a lower cost and in less time, so they have become a popular choice among consumers. The peel and stick backsplash type currently on the market can be roughly divided into the following categories, they are:


b)Alu composite board





6 Common Types of Peel and Stick Backsplashes


The Production Process of Each Product is Described in Detail Below.

Peel and Stick Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl products first print the pattern on the continuous material by printing and then print the isolation glue onto the seam through screen printing technology. The function of this isolating glue is to create the visual effect of mosaic stitches and to limit the subsequent dripping of rubber liquid within the formed frame. These transparent rubber drops form raised patterns that reflect the printed pattern under light, adding a three-dimensional feel.

It should be noted that due to the printing method, the pattern position of each product is fixed. A patch may look fine on its own, but when laid over a large area, the entire area will appear to be a repetition of the same pattern.

There are two types of adhesive backing for Vinyl products: one without foam and the other with foam. The foam-backed adhesive is relatively more suitable for different types of walls.

peel and stick vinyl tile for kitchen

Peel and Stick ALU Composite Tiles

Alu composite board products mainly use aluminum-plastic panels as raw materials, which are cut and stamped to form small pieces of different specifications. They are then manually spliced and added with adhesive to complete production.

Since the surface is made of metallic aluminum, this type of product is more about displaying the unique texture of metal. Through different surface processes, different colors and patterns can be formed, ultimately forming a product with a serious sense of metal.

ALU peel and stick tile for laundry room


PVC Peel and Stick Backsplashes

Like the peel and stick backsplash products made of aluminum-plastic panels, the PVC peel and stick backsplash only uses PVC sheets as raw materials. PVC sheets include a base body, a PVC film (usually printed with various materials and patterns), and a wear-resistant layer on the surface of the PVC film. The production process is basically the same as ALU.

PVC peel and stick backsplash for bathroom


Self-Adhesice Shell Mosaic Tiles

Shell mosaic tiles use natural shells ground into small pieces of various specifications, and then undergo surface polishing and dyeing (some natural colors do not need to be dyed). Then arrange the small pieces neatly, use mesh stickers on the back to connect the small pieces into a whole piece, and finally add adhesive on the back.

shell mosaic tile stick on kitchen


Peel and Stick Foam Tiles

Foam wall stickers are made of polyurethane foam and surface decoration materials, and then the foam material is molded into the required thickness and shape through foam manufacturing. Next, the foam is cut and shaped to fit the wall, and the surface is printed with patterns or decorations. After printing, foam wall decals may be coated for added durability and decorative effect. Finally, apply adhesive to the back of the foam wall sticker to ensure it sticks firmly to the wall.

peel and stick foam tile for living room


SPC Peel and Stick Tiles

The production process of SPC peel-and-stick tiles is similar to that of PVC peel-and-stick tiles, except that it is replaced by SPC sheets, which are cut, shaped and surface treated to achieve the required size, thickness and appearance requirements, which may include printed patterns or Decorate and apply a waterproof or abrasion-resistant coating. Finally, apply adhesive on the back of the SPC wall sticker to ensure that the wall sticker can be firmly attached to the wall and not easy to fall off.

SPC peel and stick tile for wall decor


Peel and Stick Backsplash Temperature Test

We have created a heating test video specifically to explore the impact of a peel and stick tile type product used in a kitchen backsplash installation on the heating of everyday kitchenware. The impact of heating on different products varies, and through this feature, we show how various products perform under heating conditions. If you are interested in this, please click to watch!



What Surfaces are Suitable for Peel and Stick Backsplash?

Before purchasing peel and stick tiles, consumers need to understand and ensure that the wall surface of the area to be installed is suitable. Peel and stick tiles mainly rely on the sticky adhesive on the back to attach the product to the wall. Due to the diversity of decoration materials, the wall may be tile, textured wall, existing backsplash, ceramic tile, laminate, wallpaper, drywall... etc. Which ones are suitable?

The first thing to confirm is that since it is a peel and stick product, its attachment to the wall mainly relies on the glue on the back of the product. Glue has two main properties: initial tack and viscosity. These two properties are opposite. A product with high initial viscosity will have weak durability, and a product with low initial viscosity will have strong durability. But there won't be much difference between the two in terms of normal use. The factors that affect the adhesion of the product on the wall mainly include the following four aspects:

a) The performance of the adhesive is not good
b) The amount of glue on the back glue is not enough
c) Wall problems prevent 100% bonding with adhesive


Points a and b will not be described in detail. c and d need to be explained in detail. Walls made of different materials have different surface densities. For example, glass and smooth ceramic tiles have better surface density and smoothness than wallpaper, wooden, and textured walls. The smooth surface ensures full contact with the adhesive so that the adhesive can adhere. If the surface is not smooth enough, even if it has been fully cleaned, the subtle unevenness on the surface will hide dust that is invisible to the naked eye, affecting the fit and resulting in poor results.

The impact of different walls on the adhesive is similar to the impact on suction cups. As long as the surface is not smooth enough, the suction cup will fall off easily.

After understanding the principle, we can judge for ourselves whether the wall to be installed with self-adhesive wall stickers is suitable for the use of self-adhesive backsplash: as long as the surface of the material making up the wall is smooth enough, it is suitable for use. As for what the standards are, here are some suitable and inappropriate surfaces for everyone to use as a reference when making judgments.

Suitable surfaces: Ceramic Tile, Painted Drywall, Glass Surface, Laminate Countertop, Stainless Steel, etc.

Unsuitable surfaces: Textured Drywall, Unpainted Plywood, Brick Surface, Wallpaper, Rough Plaster, etc.

peel and stick tile suitable surface


Frequently Asked Questions:

Peel and Stick Backsplash Not Need to Be Grouted?

Because the adhesive is added to the back, most peel and stick products are usually seamlessly assembled. In some cases, to highlight the border, a few products will retain small stitches, but there is adhesive underneath the stitches, so even if there are stitches, there is no need to grout after installation.

Where to Buy Peel and Stick Backsplash?

Peel and stick bachsplash products are easily available through different channels, including online and offline stores. However, since peel and stick backsplash products are not large (usually each piece is 12x12 inches in size) and not heavy, online stores will have more choices. You can easily find different types of peel and stick backsplash products on every online platform.

peel and stick linear blend tile for fireplace

How to install peel-and-stick backsplash in these locations? Kitchen, bathroom, corners, shower, RV

Installing peel-and-stick backsplash is a simple and straightforward project that is suitable for various locations. This type of tile does not require professional tools or adhesives, making installation very convenient. Here are the steps for installing the backsplash:


Confirm if the wall surface is suitable for peel-and-stick backsplash. Recommended surfaces include tiled surfaces, painted drywall, glass surfaces, laminated countertop surfaces, and stainless steel surfaces.

Measure the installation area, purchase the product, and allow for a 10% buffer for damages.

Use tools such as a pencil, utility knife, heavy-duty scissors, measuring tape, level, cutting board, and spare utility knife blades.

Note: Surfaces such as textured drywall, unpainted plywood, brick surfaces, wallpaper, and rough plaster are not recommended.

hexagon tile stick on kitchen island


Surface Cleaning:

Use a mild cleaner and warm water to remove any dirt, dust, or grease that may hinder proper adhesion. Ensure that the installation area is clean, dry, and free of residual grease or dust.

Measurement and Marking:

First, measure the width and length of the area where the peel-and-stick backsplash will be installed.

Then, use a level to draw a horizontal line at the desired height for the backsplash installation.

Finally, use a straight edge or ruler to draw vertical lines along the length of the area where the backsplash will be installed. These lines will serve as reference lines to help align the tiles.

wood backsplash tile stick on wall

Prepare Peel-and-Stick Tiles:

Based on the measurements, cut the peel-and-stick backsplash tiles to fit your specific space using a utility knife or sharp scissors. Ensure to keep the edges clean while cutting to ensure a perfect fit against the wall.

Install the Backsplash:

Once all tiles are cut to the appropriate size, peel off the backing of the peel-and-stick backsplash tiles.

Align the first tile with the reference lines and gently press it onto the wall. Ensure that the edges of the tile are aligned with the wall and minimize gaps and air bubbles. Repeat this process until all tiles are placed in their respective positions.

Note: Be cautious during this process, as once the tiles are stuck to the wall, they will be difficult to adjust or correct.

Flatten and Secure:

Use your palm or a rubber roller to gently press down on the tiles, ensuring they adhere fully to the wall. This helps eliminate any potential air bubbles and ensures the tiles are securely fixed to the wall.

After completing the installation of the peel-and-stick backsplash, carefully inspect the edges and joints to ensure they are secure and the overall appearance of the backsplash is smooth.

Learn more about the peel and stick tile installation method

fish scale backsplash tile for bathroom

How the peel-and-stick backsplash be removed

Every two to three years, it may be necessary to update the peel-and-stick backsplash due to newer and more attractive materials and patterns. Besides ordering new products, the first step is to ensure that the original peel-and-stick backsplash can be completely removed, and that the wall surface is suitable for installing new products after removal.

Removing old peel-and-stick products does not require special tools or skills; it can be done simply by tearing them off by hand. The only additional step may be dealing with the residue left on the wall after removing the product. To remove the residue, simply scrape it off slowly with a hard object. In most cases, this method will completely remove the residue. However, in extreme cases, specialized adhesive removers may be needed to assist in removal.

peel and stick subway tile for living room

What is the best peel and stick backsplash?

In reality, determining the best peel and stick backsplash is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. It depends on various factors such as different needs, application environments, aesthetics, and more. As the saying goes, "there is no best, only most suitable."

To better assist everyone in making appropriate choices based on their specific situations, we attempt to compare the characteristics of different types of peel and stick backsplashes currently available on the market. Then, individuals can make judgments and selections according to their own circumstances.

Analytical dimensions:

  1. Color
  2. Surface
  3. Thickness and Material
  4. Heat resistance
  5. Installation difficulty

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