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Old 01-09-2011, 05:09 AM   #1
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Kitchen Project: Adding a Stainless Steel Stove Backsplash

Well, its time for another project from the Redneck Express . This, time we're doing a little work in the kitchen, if you're interested in reading my other projects, stop on by my blog here .

Kitchen Project: Adding a Stainless Steel Stove Backsplash

Well, once again, I'm doing a project post . This project was done probably back in May or June of last year, but I can't remember the exact date, and I didn't take pictures of it until about ten minutes ago as I was baking a pizza in the oven.

When I originally bought my camper and for most of the time I owned it, the only back splash the stove really had was the three-inch tall piece of Formica that went with the counter top.

The rest of the wall was just the standard oak-wood grain paneling that made up all of the walls and cabinets in the camper.



This is okay, until you start full-timing in the camper and like to cook bacon or sausage, or anything that uses or produces some kind of grease. Even with a spatter screen, the natural vapor that comes from the cooking process gradually builds up on surfaces.

Trying to clean bacon grease build up out of porous wood paneling is a pain in the butt.

So, I was looking back one day through some of my photos I've collected of the Rociante, when I noticed a piece of regular sheet metal behind the stove in Steinbeck's camper.



That got me to thinking, and luck would have it, my original neighbors here at the park, the husband works at a sheet metal shop.

A little measurement and a bit of discussion later, and I now have a nice piece of heavy duty mirror polish stainless steel lining the wall behind my stove.




Clean up is a snap with a little bit of windex every now and then.
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Great project - and() just one more that I have added to my list for fun but useful upgrades to my 5er. The wall behind our stove - is getting stained, so this will work just fine.

One question - I didn't see how you attached it to the wall especially with that porous paneling behind the stove which might have some embedded grease?
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Nice fix to a messy problem.
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Great project - and() just one more that I have added to my list for fun but useful upgrades to my 5er. The wall behind our stove - is getting stained, so this will work just fine.

One question - I didn't see how you attached it to the wall especially with that porous paneling behind the stove which might have some embedded grease?
Its hard to see, but there's 8 screws with stainless steel trim washers in the outer corners on the back and side that are driven directly into the camper's wooden frame.

I matched them as best as I could to the sheet metal on the wall so that they'd be near invisible.
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Its hard to see, but there's 8 screws with stainless steel trim washers in the outer corners on the back and side that are driven directly into the camper's wooden frame.

I matched them as best as I could to the sheet metal on the wall so that they'd be near invisible.

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Yep - they are invisible as far as what the photos are showing

I can't easily do that on mine, but there are some very good 2 sided tapes available, s-o-o-o-o
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Yep - they are invisible as far as what the photos are showing

I can't easily do that on mine, but there are some very good 2 sided tapes available, s-o-o-o-o
You could actually screw anchor it to the wall even if studs aren't available, simply install a set of the metal drywall anchors into the paneling (There's a specific type that has a screw down the center of it that when tightened causes the anchor to spread and snug down to the wall from behind) where you want to screw the sheet metal down and you'll be just as secure.

Personally, for sheet metal, I wouldn't trust 2-sided tape. If I was to glue it, I'd use either a good 3M adhesive spread with a notched trowel or at minimum a good coating of polyurethane adhesive spread in a similar fashion.

2-sided tape with something as big as a sheet metal back splash would pop loose after several trips down the road, plus, you can't get it as flush to the wall.
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You could actually screw anchor it to the wall even if studs aren't available, simply install a set of the metal drywall anchors into the paneling (There's a specific type that has a screw down the center of it that when tightened causes the anchor to spread and snug down to the wall from behind) where you want to screw the sheet metal down and you'll be just as secure.

Personally, for sheet metal, I wouldn't trust 2-sided tape. If I was to glue it, I'd use either a good 3M adhesive spread with a notched trowel or at minimum a good coating of polyurethane adhesive spread in a similar fashion.

2-sided tape with something as big as a sheet metal back splash would pop loose after several trips down the road, plus, you can't get it as flush to the wall.
What about good old contact cement like used to make counter tops? Little on metal and little on wall...let dry till tacky and get it right the first time because it isn't comeing off!
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What about good old contact cement like used to make counter tops? Little on metal and little on wall...let dry till tacky and get it right the first time because it isn't comeing off!
The "Get it right the first time" bit is why I normally don't recommend contact adhesives, with the poly or the 3m, you can scoot it around a bit and clean up any excess before it hardens without needing to race like you're working with 30 second epoxy.
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But you can't forget the holding power of the contact cement especially when you are around the heat of the stove. Seems like the others will dry out and lose there grip sooner.
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But you can't forget the holding power of the contact cement especially when you are around the heat of the stove. Seems like the others will dry out and lose there grip sooner.
I've stuck my hand against the wall when the oven (The greatest heat source the range can make and the closest discharge to the wall) and it has never felt any warmer than the surrounding air. Now, newer rigs, perhaps the ranges are closer to the wall, but if the heat wasn't enough to cause the vinyl coating on the walls to come loose, then its very unlikely marine grade adhesive (3M) is likely to let go, the polyurethane might if you use the wrong type of construction adhesive.
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