Brick Slip Installaton - Hints and Tips
For application of Brick Slips onto special surfaces, consult with a professional fitter.
• Work at a temperature of 5 to 30 degrees.
• Use the appropriate adhesives and installation products (See Brick Slips Accessories on the Brick Slip page)
• Always use pieces from several boxes to obtain a more uniform result
The surface must be consistent, flat and clean. It must be dry and free of grease like substances.
If the surface is porous then apply a layer of bonding primer. Allow to dry for at least two hours and then you can begin.
Establish the height of the area to be covered. Then establish the average height of a brick slip, by stacking 10, measuring and dividing by 10. You can then estimate how many brick slips are required to cover the wall. Remember to allow for the joints, ideally 10mm, though this may need to be flexible depending on the wall and average brick slip size you have established.
Apply the adhesive in sections of ½ m² so that it doesn’t dry before you fix the brick slips and so that stains from spotting and spilling can be easily removed.
It’s important to source an adhesive that is suitable for the surface you plan to fit the brick slips to. (i.e concrete, wood, metal). It’s also vital to follow the manufacturer’s instruction of use
Start by making ribs in the adhesive with a notched spatula
Then apply the slip in a sliding motion. Always start with the corners or wall edge
We also recommend that you apply the adhesive on the back of the slips as well as the wall-surface.
This will help ensure the slips are well attached to the wall with a double bond
To size the strips as needed, saw them or notch them in the back and then break along the line
Place cut pieces together in a way that ensures the rustic style is maintained
Pointing the Brick Slip Joints
For best results we recommend the use of mortar. Use a mortar application bag or a mortar gun. (See Brick Slips Accessories on the Brick Slip page)
Test the texture and colour either on spare brick slips or on a small section of the fitted brick slips to ensure you have the right concentration and colour. It’s important to use the same proportion of water, to avoid colour variations, once started.
When the joint begin to harden, tighten it with a narrow trowel or coursing tool. Do not touch the joints as they are fresh and they have not sufficiently cured.
If the brick slips are stained by the mortar, wipe gently with a sponge soaked in water. (unless you want this distressed and rustic look)
Clean away the extra mortar with a stiff dry brush before it has completely dried.
Sealant should always be applied to exteriors walls or those near to water (kitchens and bathrooms etc)
The wall must be completely dry before you apply the sealant with a brush until thoroughly covered.
Please note, the above instructions are supposed to provide useful hints and tips in fitting brick slips. The advice is not intended to provide a comprehensive fitting training guide. If you want to be guaranteed the full visual effect from your fitted brick slips, Kuci Design always suggest using a professional fitter