My husband did it! He burned a spot on the paneling by the stove and I want to cover it by installing a tile backsplash over the paneling. My concern is that the tile will not adhere properly to the paneling surface.
I don't want tiles popping loose as we're driving down the road. I've installed floors and backsplash in our home, but never in an RV. Can it be done over the current wall paneling that's there?
ANSWER: Hi Brenda, in an effort to get your husband out of the hot water he is in, I will let you know that you can install a tile backsplash in your RV. But not being able to see the exact type of paneling you are talking about puts me at a disadvantage as to whether you can put the tile directly over your existing paneling.
If the backsplash tile is installed properly using the proper tile adhesives for the material that you are tiling over there should not be a problem with the tiles cracking or falling off.
What I suggest you do is take your RV to one of the local home improvement stores in your area and show them what type of paneling you are trying to tile over. They can tell you if you need to put something else in between the paneling and the tiles. Just make sure that the tile adhesive and tile grout is flexible enough to withstand vibrations.
Since I have not had the opportunity to install a tile backsplash in my Motorhome, I cannot give you the step by step instructions, but the video below should give you an idea of how the job should be done.
Since the area that you are installing the tile in is near the stove, I would suggest that you use a real tile backsplash. If there are other areas in your RV that you would like to install a backsplash in that are not exposed to a direct flame; you can use a peel and stick backsplash which is far easier to install.
To review this process, you may want to watch the video below by RV Expert Mark Polk from RV Education 101 on how to properly install peel and stick backsplash tiles.
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