SOLI Freeform Metal tiles are a new direction in architectural surface design - combining the organic look
of pebbles with modern metal for an innovative mosaic tile. These spectacular tiles are created by exposing
stainless steel to titanium block and nitrogen at high temperatures, resulting in beautiful colors. The large
sheets are then molded and filled with ceramic polymers. The resulting meshed interlocking tiles create a
beautiful seamless surface.
The Metal Freeform Mosaic tiles are lightweight and do not oxidize or easily scratch or discolor. The tile
hardness can be over 80RC, while the luster can last for more than 20 years. This collection is designed for
almost any commercial and residential interior application, including floor accents, walls, ceilings, water features, countertops, backsplashes and more.
Installation of Metal Freeform Mosaic tiles should be done by qualified technicians, especially when
electrical work is being done around the metal mosaic. Special attention is required for areas where the
mosaic tiles will be subject to high temperatures, such as fireplace surrounds, behind cook tops and kitchen
ranges not equipped with a back guard. Metal Freeform Mosaic tiles are not recommended for high traffic
floors, or any areas that may be subject to heavy impact, heavy abrasion, and areas where temperatures
can exceed 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
SOLI Metal Freeform Mosaic tiles can be installed around gently curved surfaces. Some manipulation of the
tiles may be required in order to create uniformity between each sheet. This look can be achieved by
replacing larger individual units with smaller ones and vice versa.
All substrates should be firmly fixed, flat, clean, dry and free of contaminants such as dust, oil, paint,
sealers etc. to ensure proper adhesion. Painted surfaces must be scuffed or sanded for the product and
adhesive to bond correctly. Wet areas need special attention and require appropriate substrates, e.g.
concrete, cement boards (compressed sheet), and/or treated plywood. The use of reinforced waterproof
membranes is suggested.
Cuts can be done with a wet-saw and high quality diamond blade suitable for cutting stainless steel. For
certain applications cuts may not be necessary due to the absence of straight lines in the design of the tiles themselves. When approaching a straight edge it is recommended to remove and replace pebbles
individually to avoid cuts and continue the freeform look.
Cutting must be performed slowly at all times to avoid the buildup of high temperatures, which could
discolor the metal surface.
ADHESIVEFollow the adhesive manufacturer’s instructions carefully. We do not recommend one brand of adhesive
over another. Please check with your local tile supply store for alternative and comparable products. The
manufacturer's literature will explain if the adhesive product is suitable for interiors and/or exteriors, as
well as walls and floors. Most thinset mortars (multi purpose and polymer modified thinsets) are adequate
for installing the Metal Freeform tile.
A cement-based adhesive is generally suitable on masonry substrates where no movement is anticipated.
Where slight movement could occur through thermal or pedestrian loads, a modified cement adhesive
should be used as a minimum. A 1/8” notch trowel is recommended for most applications. To make sure
there is 100% coverage you can firmly press the tiles into place, do not use any hard objects to tap down
the center or edges of the metal pebbles.
IMPORTANT: Since Metal Freeform tiles are very sensitive to scratching, a modifed non-sanded grout is recommended.
Installation professionals may select non-sanded grouts containing a latex additive. Different types of
epoxy or gel based grouts may also be used and will prevent excessive scratching caused during the
Grout should be suitable for joints up to 3/4" in width and designed for external or internal conditions which
ever may be the case. Sanded grout is generally recommended for any grout joint larger than 1/8”. For
optimum results, we recommend the repetitive use of a firm sponge. A sanded grout, if applied harshly, can
scratch the tiles; carefully float in the grout to avoid abrasion.
Although stainless steel mosaics do not require sealant, it is recommended that some type of sealant be used
in order to protect grout joints.
CARE & CLEANING
Metal tiles must be regularly cleaned and maintained to extend their life and beauty. Most dirt and stains
can be cleaned with a mild detergent and soft cloth or sponge. Fingerprints, streaks and watermarks can be
removed with olive oil. When using stainless steel cleaner, avoid direct contact with grout as it may
discolor. Do not use abrasive cleaners, powders, scouring pads, steel wool or sandpaper. Do not let soap,
bleach or other cleaning solutions set on the surface.
For removing light scratches, we recommend a stainless steel polisher applied with a steel wool pad.
Gently rub in a circular motion first, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.