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Old 02-22-2018, 12:43 AM   #1
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How to hide thinset under tile at drywall transition

A bathroom wall has half inside the shower wet zone and half outside. The half inside would be tiled and the half outside would be drywalled.

I plan to polish the edge of the marble tiles to avoid using trim profiles. Looking towards the shower at the edge of the tile would reveal the thinset underneath the tile. How do you hide the thinset between the tile and drywall?
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Old 02-22-2018, 05:04 AM   #2
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Color matching caulk or grout.
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I use grout.
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:47 AM   #4
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Theoretically, it's a change of plane so an argument for flexible sealant could be made.

That said, I use grout almost all the time and have looked at jobs years old that showed no signs of cracking or other deterioration. I'd do it in my own home and that's saying something...I'm fussy.
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To minimize that joint, we like to use pencil liners. X2 on the silicone vs. grout, it WILL crack.
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Thank you all for the advice!

Do you leave the edge of the tile free of thinset to allow room for grout or caulk? I always make a mess with thinset so I assume it is advisable to tape off the drywall to keep the thinset off it?

Can you reduce the thickness of the thinset towards the drywall side so the tile rests (nearly) flush on the drywall?
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Something with a "hollow" or curved middle could turn at a radius and be backfilled with adhesive similar to this ceramic if you could fabricate it.
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