Cutting Alusplash

Discussion in 'Kitchen Fitters' Talk' started by mackie, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. mackie

    mackie Member

    Hi guys,

    I am looking at installing Alusplash panels in the kitchen Part of this will involve some cuts which (as they will be visible) I want to get spot on. Looking on the Alusplash site it says to use a suitable blade (not really helpful). Their video shows a Plunge Saw being used, I don't have one the nearest I have is a Cordless 165mm, 20mm Bore. Can anyone recommend a blade for this? Any Advice?

    And before any comments I don't want run the risk of cutting off any pinkies, they are invaluable in my day job as it is very hard to be a pen pusher if you cannot hold the pen in the first place.
  2. xednim

    xednim Active Member

    tct blade, but rpm in here is crucial
  3. metrokitchens

    metrokitchens Well-Known Member

    I fit loads of the stuff - soft as turds. Sharp, decent blade. Ultra slow and steady, low RPM if your saw has it. Set up a sacrificial board on trestles to work on. Light rub over the cuts with a decent fine file.

    It is really soft and scratches really easily. As in don't slip with that file. The best bit is during cutting there are metal slivers everywhere, stuck both sides of the board, and if you move / slide the workpiece it gets scratched. After every cut dust of the work area.

    Good luck ;-)
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  4. Not-a-Decor8r

    Not-a-Decor8r Member

    Im looking at Splashbacks at the moment and alu is an option.

    Whats the benefits over glass with this stuff?
  5. metrokitchens

    metrokitchens Well-Known Member

    Cheap. Cut & fit on site. No delay for templating.
  6. mackie

    mackie Member

    Fitted the first piece today, quiet pleased with the results. Just took it slow and steady (at my seed I would never be able to do it as a job, too slow). Couple of things I did to make it easier:

    1) Made a frame between too trestles using 38 x 63 PAR covered in duct tape (I you look at the Alusplash video this is what they did). This supported the whole piece and made it easier to measure / mark / cut.
    2) Used the cardboard that came with the product between the frame and the work piece.
    3) Used my Cordless Circular Saw with a brand new 32 teeth blade. Set the blade to the shallowest setting I could to go through the Alusplash and the first surface of the cardboard.
    4) As you suggested Metro kept the area clean, between cuts brushed / vacuumed.
    5) I used the pre-formed corners they supply, was not confident enough to try the Router and bend method they show on their video.

    As I say quiet pleased with the result, the rest of the pieces I have to do should be quicker as apart from one there are no tricky cuts to make. Even more of a bonus the missus is really happy with it.

    Now, time for a shower and too take the dog for a walk, with the weather as it is today it might even involve having a cool beer in the Local Pub Garden........

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  7. metrokitchens

    metrokitchens Well-Known Member

    Looking good. Well done.
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  8. glob@l

    glob@l Member

    Is the upstand okay to be run behind the gas hob?
  9. kitfit1

    kitfit1 Well-Known Member

    No, it's not unless it's a natural stone worktop and it mackie ?

    For DIY the Alusplash looks good. As a fitter though i would 100% expect to be called out for the cuts around the wall cabs either side of the hood. The cut outs for the sockets look 100% spot on though ;)
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  10. gac1967

    gac1967 Member

    Looks good :)
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  11. mackie

    mackie Member

    Quartz worktop and upstand
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  12. glob@l

    glob@l Member

    Ah, bullet proof then!
  13. CGN

    CGN Well-Known Member

    Expansion ;)
  14. metrokitchens

    metrokitchens Well-Known Member

    Looks like quartz ...
    I would usually fit the wall decor ends after the Alusplash.
  15. goldenboy

    goldenboy Well-Known Member

    That Alusplash looks good stuff.

    Just seen it on Wickes website and it seems a reasonable price.
  16. metrokitchens

    metrokitchens Well-Known Member

    Your a small member.
  17. mackie

    mackie Member

    One thing they don't advertise is that the 3m lengths come with a strip of edging as well. Dont know if the smaller sizes come with any.
  18. metrokitchens

    metrokitchens Well-Known Member

    The 600x800 and 900x800 come with two 800 long strips in the box.
  19. goldenboy

    goldenboy Well-Known Member

    Great info to know

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