Question: Do you produce a printed catalogue?
Answer: Sadly no. As you will have noticed Benporium has one of the largest collections of tile transfers available on-line and this collection is growing by a new addition each day. This means that a printed catalogue will be out of date very quickly as these new additions would and could not be included. Have a look at the DOWNLOAD section for PDF files which may be of help.
Question: Why should I decorate a tiled wall with transfers instead of normal decorative tiles which are permanent ?
Answer: One of great advantages of using transfers is that you can cover the wall area with standard plain white tiles the most economical way of doing so and turn it in to the most flexible of wall canvases. It removes any clinical or utility look taking the pain out of plain and changing the decorative finish requires little more than simply scraping off one image and water sliding on its replacement. Who knows it could become the most desirable tile type to have with an ever changing decorative effect.
So no need to rip out the existing plain tiles and accompanying mess, get tile adhesive, grout, tile spacers, tile trimmers, etc or even employ expensive labour.
Question: Are the transfers easy to apply ?
Answer: Yes with advanced preparation and care See instructions on how to apply.
Question: Will the transfers damage the tiles ?
Answer: No the transfers are surface mounted on to glazed tiles
Question: Do I need special equipment ?
Answer: No just an inch of clean water in a shallow bowl or container large enough to contain a single transfer, some paper tissues or kitchen towels and possibly some scissors.
Question: Do you sell plain tile transfers?
Answer: No just decorative. If you want to blank out an offending tile/s specialist tile paint is available from hardware stores and DIY sheds.
Question: If they're not permanent how do you protect them ?
Answer: A couple of applications of clear spray varnish or polyurethane (available at all good hardware stores and useful for other jobs) will protect the transfers from most abuses. Serious abuses even normal tiles can't handle.
This protection is needed if you intend to place the transfers on tiles used as a splash back and areas that need to be wiped clean reguarly.
Question: Are the transfers easy to remove ?
Answer: Yes and no they can be scraped of with steel wool and a little water or if varnished some varnish remover may be needed but not if the transfer decals are looked after as with normal decorations..
Question: Are the transfers permanent ?
Answer: No they are applied to the surface and are not fired and glazed over in to the tile.
Question: Can I put the decal/transfers anywhere ?
Answer: Indoors should be fine but ideally out the direct sunlight as the colours like all colours may fade. This is not a unique fault of the transfers its the effect that sunlight has on a large number of colour pigments. Transfer/Decals can be used out doors but need added protection such as varnish and colours may fade.
Question: How do I care for the transfers ?
Answer: Once applied they can be lightly wiped over with a damp cloth to keep them clean but ideally they should be sealed with varnish or polyurethane to protect the image.
Question: Do I need any glue to stick them down ?
Answer: No they will adhere themselves to a clean smooth ceramic tile.
Question: Can apply the transfers to any colour tile ?
Answer: If the image of the tile is all black then it can be applied to colour tile except black. However its recommended that pastel shades are more effective than strong colours as they provide contrast. Colour Images can only be applied to plain white tiles.
Question: Can I steam clean the transfers?
Answer: No it will seiously damage your transfer unless its well protected behind a good coating of a clear protective coating of varnish or polyurthane and then great care is recommended.
Question: Can I fire the transfers on to a tile in a kiln ?
Answer: No They are not suiable for that purpose.