Fasade ceiling FAQs
1. How do I need to prepare the ceiling before I install the glue up tiles?
2. What can I use to cut the ceiling tiles?
3. What kind of adhesive do I need to install the glue-up panels?
4. If I choose to use the Tube Adhesive, how much do I need to purchase?
5. What is J-trim and do I need to use it?
6. Can the ceiling panels be cleaned?
7. Can I get samples of the ceiling tiles?
8. What tools will I need to install the ceiling tiles?
9. During the installation of my ceiling, some of the adhesive dried on the finish side of my panels. How can I remove that?
10. Do I need to install regular acoustic panels behind the lay-in panels?
11. Can I nail-up the ‘glue-up’ ceiling panels?
12. What paint should I use for the paintable white panels?
If you are planning to install glue up tiles to your ceiling, you need to make sure your ceiling is clean. We recommend that you apply a fresh coat of primer or paint on the ceiling before the panels are installed. Also, be sure to clean the back of each panel with rubbing alcohol before applying adhesive. Acceptable substrates are drywall, plaster or clean, smooth tile (glazed, porcelain type tile; not porous or textured). Any damaged, loose or uneven areas must be repaired, patched, leveled and primed. Fill cracks and irregularities with wallboard compound or spackling, then sand smooth with fine-grade sandpaper. Any porous material like highly textured drywall, plywood (or any raw wood without primer), and wallpaper unless removed, sanded and primed, will result in adhesive failure.
To cut the ceiling tiles use a utility knife, scissors or a tin snips.
The preferred method for installing Glue-Up ceiling panels is to apply the adhesive directly to the back of the panels. Then use use a notched trowel (1/4″ x 1/4″ x 3/4″) and spread the adhesive evenly on the panel. ACP, the manufacturer of Fasade recommends using Loctite PL Premium adhesive. Do not use double-sided tape to install ceiling panels.
When gluing up the ceiling panels, you will need 1 (10.5 oz) tube for two 2’x4’ tiles.
J-Trim is a 4’ piece that is available to you to use along the edge of your ceiling. The trim is not required, but does give your ceiling a nice, finished look. The trim pieces are available in the same colors as the tiles.
Once you have your ceiling installed, the tiles can be cleaned with warm soapy water. Any harsh abrasives or chemicals will damage the finish on the tiles.
Yes, samples are available through our sample request form, or call us at 1-800-434-3750.
To install your ceiling panels, you will need the following:
- Tape Measure
- Tin Snips or Scissors
- Caulking gun or 1/4″-notched trowel
- Utility Knife
- Steel Straight Edge
- Adhesive (Loctite PL Premium)
- Permanent Marker
If some of the adhesive has dried on the finish side of the panels, you can use mineral spirits to remove it. This is the only solvent that can be used that will not damage the finish on the tile. It is best to remove any excess adhesive immediately using a damp cloth. Allowing excess adhesive to dry on the finished side of the panel may harm the finish.
For 2’ x 4’ Fasade lay-in panels, if sag or lift is an issue, we recommend that the panels are installed underneath a mineral board ceiling tile or some other material. You can use old mineral board tiles or purchase an economical mineral board tile for this purpose. THIS IS NOT A REQUIREMENT.
Yes, as long as you are using the glue-up ceiling tiles you are able to use finishing nails. We recommend spacing the nails every 6 inches to avoid a ripple effect. Please note that the nails will be more noticeable when used with certain styles and finishes.
|Manufacturer||Paint||Preparation1||Preparation 2||Application Type|
|DTM Bonding Primer
|Brush, Spray & Roller (for specific type, see data sheet) https://www.nysdot.gov/divisions/engineering/technical-services/technical-services-repository/details/acroltech.pdf
|Signature Interior or
|Plastic Primer Spray
|Premium quality roller,
Polyester Brush, or
Latex or Oil Paint
|Fresh Start Primer
|Latex or oil paint: nylon/polyester professional brushes or shed-resistant professional roller covers|
|Pratt & Lambert
|Scuff Sanding or TSP Cleaner
|Supreme Interior /
Exterior Multi Purpose
|Brush: Nylon or Polyester
Roller: 3/8” nap cover