Here's the deal, we get A LOT of questions about tiling shower walls...so today I share which thinset we like best for ceramic and porcelain on walls and floors. First things first...why do we like thinset better than mastic? Mastic doesn't have the bond strength of a modified thinset. PLUS: mastic is petroleum based and can discolor certain tiles like marble. Which companies do we like when it comes to thinset? Ardex, Mapei, and Custom Building Products. When it comes to hanging ceramic and porcelain tile on walls we belive Ardex X77 is the way to go. This thinset is excellent for holding large format tiles on the wall in showers. You can also use it on floors and for DITRA installation. It is considered a modified thinset and therefore can be used between DITRA and wood subfloors. Because Ardex X77 has phenomenal bond strength it helps prevent large tiles from sliding and causing issues with mosaic accent tiles. Watch the video to see if you agree or disagree with us. https://youtu.be/XiC23mBF-L4 AND please tell us which in the comments which thinset you like using.
How to spread thinset for tile. Ceramic, porcelain, marble, travertine or any kind of tile need to be installed on an even well applied bed of thinset. To achieve this there are a few steps that I find helpful to always get a suitable bed of thinset for the tile. First all debris contaminants etc. must be removed from the area to be tiled, in other words the area must be clean. It is always important to "key" the thinset into the substrate; this is achieved by using the flat side of the trowel to press and spread the thinset into the surface. This does make a difference and this step should not be skipped. Once the thinset is keyed, it is time to spread the thinset to cover the area to be tiled, first just spread the thinset out over the area, do not at this point try to get an even coverage of thinset, and just spread the thinset over the area. Once this is done, it is time to "Comb" the thinset to an even, consistent, uniform bed. The trowel lines should always go in the same direction without swirls or comb lines crossing. This may seem unimportant, but a uniform bed of thinset with lines all going in the same direction will help achieve maximum coverage on the back of the tile. All tile installed by Sal DiBlasi, Elite-tile Company, in the Boston North Shore area Youtube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/saldibs?feature=watch Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elite-Tile-Company/56681633342 Website http://www.elitetileco.com/
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