Kitchen reno

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Blog entry by RADickson posted 09-11-2019 06:10 PM 385 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I realize this isn’t necessarily a woodworking question, but I just need some advice. I am renovating my kitchen and installing a mosaic tile backsplash. Can I use sand based thin set mortar or should I use a polymer based thin set? I’m confused by all the different names/types like, Mortar, Mastic, Adhesive, Thin set, Polymer… Sigh… Thanks

-- Ross, AZ; Saw dust makes you fat!

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#1 posted 09-11-2019 07:23 PM

im not a tile guy so to speak but ive always used mastic for tile on walls and thin set for floors,so far after 30 years no failures yet! there are many how to videos on you tube that im sure will help you.

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#2 posted 09-11-2019 07:53 PM

I’m no tile guy either, but the beautiful thing about the backsplash is that no one is going to be walking on it…hopefully!!!

You can use just about any kind of adhesive/thin set for backsplash. When we do a kitchen, we grab the white adhesive and it serves us well. No need to make too much of a mess with thinset etc. Careful when you do a floor, only use thinset recommended for tile size/floor. Backsplash? The sky is the limit…but adhesive on old wall board/gypsum has never let me down over dozens of kitchens.

-- Jarrett

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