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A splashback being fixed to a wall by a Bunnings team member

Overview

Splashbacks protect your kitchen walls from all kinds of mess, and they look great. Learn how to measure up, cleanly cut and install a splashback to finish off your kitchen and protect your walls.

Steps

1Measure up and cut your splashback

Firstly measure up the length and height of the space for your splashback. Then transfer and mark up those measurements onto the acrylic board. You will need to decide if you can make the splashback in one whole piece or whether you'll need to use multiple pieces.

2Cut the acrylic to size

To prevent chipping the splashback, put down masking tape where you're going to cut. Then mark out your measurements onto the masking tape. Using a power saw, make your first cut an oversized one. This will avoid a large offcut that may crack and damage your board. Using clamps to secure your splashback and a straight edge, go back and make your neat cut along the line. Repeat the same process for the other side of the splashback. 

3Mark out the power points

Measure the width and height of the power points and transfer those measurements onto the front of your splashback. You'll avoid splintering and have more control over the cut. Drill some holes where the cut outs are going to be. Then use a jigsaw for an accurate cut.

4Fix the splashback to the wall

Peel the plastic off the back of the splashback and apply silicone. Then carefully position the splashback into place. Use some tile packers at the bottom to pack the splashback up in case you want to change your benchtop later. Repeat this process if you have multiple boards to install and push them hard together so both pieces are flush at the join. Wipe any silicone away from the join if it appears. 

5Leave splashback to dry

Let the splashback dry for 24 hours and then peel back the plastic from the front and you're done.

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Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

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