How Do You Prepare a Wall for Peel and Stick Tiles?

Peel and stick wall tile is an easy way to update your home without the hassle of messy glue or grout. You can install it yourself in just minutes, so there's no need for a contractor. And if you ever decide you don't like it, remove it – no damage will be done to your walls! Plus, peel and stick tiles are available in every size imaginable – from small accent pieces up to full-wall coverage. So whether you want something subtle or dramatic…you can find what works best for your space with ease.

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Preparing the installation surface is very important. A poorly prepared wall can harm peel and stick tiles, so it's best not to skip this step! Prep by cleaning off any dirt or grime from around where we will be installing our new design before starting work with peel and stick tiles. But, If you have a non-recommended surface, you have some effort to make.

Do you want to prepare walls for peel and stick tiles but aren't sure how? You're in luck. This Commomy blog post will give you the necessary steps to prepare your walls for this easy installation process. Not only this, but we will also tell you which surfaces are recommended and which are non-recommended for peel and stick tiles. And how to prepare the non-recommended surface. We're going to walk you through the steps of preparing your walls to peel and stick tiles so that when the time comes, you'll know exactly what to do. So, let's start!

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Recommended Surfaces on Which You can Install Peel and Stick Tiles:

Peel and stick wall tiles or backsplash stick tiles that can be easily removed and replaced are ideal for any clean, unblemished surface. A non-textured wall or backsplash is ideal for peel and stick tiles since the tiles will have great traction. Here are some of the most common surfaces for peel and stick Tiles:

  • Painted gypsum wall
  • Mirror
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Glass tiles
  • Linoleum wall
  • Wallpaper
  • Flat panels

On a clean surface, no further preparation is required. Tiles will adhere to your kitchen or bathroom backsplash for as long as you want if they are properly cleaned.


Non-Recommended Surfaces for Peel and Stick Tiles:

Some surfaces are better for peel and stick tiles than others. Here's a list of common wall types that should be avoided or tested first before installing them:

Porous and Dusty Surfaces:

Don't risk peeling and stick tiles on dusty, porous, or crumbling surfaces! These walls will only create more problems for you by causing the tiles to stick before bonding completely. The peel and stick variety won't hold up well in this kind of scenario; they'll likely fall off onto kitchen or bathroom floors upon the slightest provocation. Here is a list of dusty and porous surfaces:

  • Stucco wall
  • Brick wall
  • Stone wall,
  • Unfinished wall (gypsum or plaster),
  • Unpainted plywood.

The self-adhesive wall tiles are great for most surfaces, but if you want them to stick well on your porous surface, then be sure to give it some extra preparation.

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Uneven Walls and Surfaces with Reliefs (textured or raised)

It is also not recommended to install peel and stick tiles on a dented, damaged surface or with reliefs. With these types of surfaces, you have to be careful about the aesthetics because if there are large recesses in your backsplash that need covering up, then it can get difficult when installing peeling tiles at first glance.

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Preparing a Recommended Surface for Peel and Stick Tiles:

The surface of the tiles needs to be level, clean, and flat. A surface that has a lot of seams or bumps will not work for peel and stick tiles. If you don't prepare the peel and stick to the tile's surface, the tiles will not adhere well to the backsplashes or walls. Here are the steps how to prepare a recommended surface for peel and stick wall tiles:

1.Cleaning the recommended surface:

The first step in preparing a surface for peel and stick tiles is to make sure that it is clean. Cleaning is key! Make sure to go over the area with a cleaner/degreaser and wipe it down completely. This will ensure that the tiles adhere well and look good for many years to come - so do not skip this step! You want your wall as clean as possible before you begin.

Dirt, splatters, and dust will prevent peel and stick Tiles from sticking permanently to your wall. A spotless surface is required for optimum adhesion! Hot water and soap now do the trick. This will help remove any residue left over from your last tile job so you can have a fresh start.

Moreover, To create the best installation possible, use a damp sponge to wipe your wall in one direction. This will take off any dirt or dust and ensure that your tiles stick well. You can also use a TSP (trisodium phosphate) solution if you have it on hand.


2.Allow the area to dry completely:

Allow the area to dry completely before applying peel and stick tiles. It will help ensure that the surface is free from any moisture for the peel and stick tiles to stick appropriately. It is best to wait for almost some hours before applying peel and stick tiles.

3.Ensure that your walls are slightly textured so the adhesive on the back of your tiles will stick:

The third step is to ensure that your walls are slightly textured so the adhesive on the back of your tiles will stick. You can take a sheet of sandpaper and lightly sand any plaster or paint until some texture is created. This will create more friction for the adhesive and make sure it sticks to the wall better.

You can also run your finger in a circular motion over the wall to create more texture. Once you have done this, you are ready for the next step.


4.Mix the spackling paste, joint compound, or drywall mud with water until it has a thick oatmeal consistency:

Mix the spackling paste, joint compound, or drywall mud with water until it has a thick oatmeal consistency. Too much water will result in a runny mixture that will not dry and is difficult to work with. Too little water will cause the adhesive to set before the patch can adhere properly and may leave an uneven surface.

5.Apply it over the entire surface once dry:

Apply it over the entire surface once dry. Use a putty knife to ensure that it is distributed evenly and wiped off any spills as they happen. The joint compound will not turn hard and crusty if applied too thinly and left to air dry instead of applying it to a surface dampened with excess water.

6.Apply peel and stick tiles:

Once you have prepared your surface for peel and stick tiles, it is time to install them.

7.Press down on each tile

The last step in preparing a surface for peel and stick tiles is pressing down on each tile. Make sure that all of the individual tiles are firmly pressed into place.

If you are looking for an easy way to spruce up your walls, peel and stick tiles might be the answer. With some cleaning, drying time, and a little bit of elbow grease on your part, these tiles will transform any room into something fresh and new!


Preparing a Non-Recommended Surface for Peel and Stick Tiles:

You should always prepare a non-recommended surface before you install peel and stick tiles. Preparing a non-recommended surface is just as important when installing peel and stick tiles. Wall surfaces that are clean, smooth, dry, free of grease or oil, have no coatings, or old flooring stuck to the top layer must be prepared before installation. It is very important to prepare the wall correctly to install peel and stick tiles to your non-recommended surface successfully.


Non-recommended surfaces include rough, bumpy, flaky, and contain old flooring and walls that have been previously painted or papered. You must also ensure you don't install peel and stick tiles on a surface with old caulk stuck to it, as this may damage the tiles.

Preparing a Stone or Brick Wall:

Peel and stick tiles are perfect for installing on a brick or stone backsplash wall, even if painted. The only way to get them up against this type of surface will be by putting another panel down, which provides complete adhesion, so there's no need to worry about unsticking later!

Sticking tiles to brick or stone walls will be difficult, as these materials are porous, and the adhesive may not work well. You should install an acrylic panel from a nearby hardware store first, then adhere your peel and stick tiles to that instead. Finally, use screws to attach the panel into place, so it doesn't crack easily.

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Preparing a Plain Gypsum or Plaster Wall:

Preparing for the installation of Peel and Stick Tiles is easy with just a few simple steps. First, you need to level your surface and fill holes before priming with an appropriate product designed specifically for this task. It would be best if you made it smoother before applying primer. The filler must be applied on the entire surface to make it smooth, and even a plastic knife or spatula. After that, let it dry for half an hour. Then, apply the primer carefully by using a roller or paintbrush. Let it dry for about 8 to 10 hours or until there is no visible moisture on the surface. You can proceed to the next step and install peel and stick tiles when it has dried completely.

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Stucco Wall Preparation:

Stucco walls are not good for peeling and sticking Tiles and harm the adherence of peel and stick tiles, so they must be prepared before installing. Look at your surface closely; whatever kind there may be stuccos like that need to remove any texture for you to install Peel & Stick tiles successfully! This step is more complicated if dealing with a different type than what was mentioned above but can often work out well enough depending on how careful one wants their finished project to look when all said done.

Brushed walls are marked by delicate reliefs that aren't thick. To remove the texture, these surfaces must be sanded and primed before properly installing peel and stick tiles. A primer must be cured completely for installation purposes- otherwise, one might find themselves in an unfortunate situation like this!

When dealing with thick stucco, you must remove all the surfaces so that there is no residue. Scraping or spatula is best for scraping off any leftover pieces and making sure your walls have a uniform appearance before priming them.

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Paint and Primer Advice:


If you'd rather paint your wall, that's completely fine. However, you should apply a primer first. In addition, you'll need to wait at least 21 days after the paint has completely dried before putting the peel and stick tiles in place.


If you want to install tiles on your wall but first need some help with the prep work, waiting for it all to dry out before installation is a breeze. If not? No problem! Primer will do just fine as well as giving an extra layer of protection where needed most.


Primer is the first step in the preparation of walls for your peel and sticks tiles. Primers help make surfaces like gypsum, plaster, or wood uniform so you can install tiles with ease! When the primer has been applied, it takes 72 hours for all parts to dry before installing these beautiful products on walls.

Why is Wall Preparation So Important for Peel and Stick Tiles?

Preparing walls for peel and stick tiles is more than just slapping some grout on the surface. There are several reasons why good preparation will provide you with better results.

If the wall's other coating isn't properly removed, it may cause peeling of the tile once it has dried. Remove the wall's existing coatings by using a paint remover that is designed for this use, or you can wait until they've worn out naturally over time.

Wall texture that isn't smoothed out will also create problems. The new tile must also be allowed to bond with the wall before you place anything on it. A good rule of thumb is to wait a day after the tile has been installed before placing items on it.



Peel and stick tiles are a more modern way to decorate your walls without spending too much time or effort. If you're sick of the same old backsplash ideas, then these wall tiles can help you achieve a fresh look in no time at all! Whether your style is classic and elegant, fun and funky, or rustic and casual, there's a style of these tiles available to help you bring it all together. Here is the top 10 best peel and stick wall tiles in 2021 for you. 

Preparing the surface of your walls for peel and stick tiles can be a tricky task. The key to doing it right is preparation before installation. Use these tips when preparing your wall surfaces so that you get the best results possible with minimum effort! For more details, contact us at Commomy today! And you can get more information from The Spruce.