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Old 03-27-2010, 12:00 PM   #1
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I tried using Simple Mat

I tried using the Simple Mat for putting up a tile backsplash. I used 1" glass tiles with the net backing. The instructions said you could work at it a little at a time. I didn't grout my project right away because I wanted to make sure the tiles would stick. They did not. Now, I'm trying to remove this mess, and am not having much luck. I've tried Goo Gone and a wire brush without much success. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-27-2010, 01:12 PM   #2
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Welcome, Becky.

Over what substrate did you apply the Simple Mat?

I've found that the stuff (the backing) can be removed from glass by soaking in water. You might get a spray bottle and try keeping yours wet for a day or so if your substrate can tolerate that.

Those one-inch tiles are the smallest recommended, as I recall, and should stick if firmly pressed into the glue. The first sample boards we saw before the product was released had glass tiles that size and there was no question of them coming loose.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 04-13-2010, 04:37 PM   #3
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Angry SimpleMat Disaster

I'm a DIYer and was sceptical about SimpleMat, but decided to use at a sales/assistent encouragement. Total DISASTER!!! SimpleMat went up nicely but when I attempted to attach my 1x2 & 1x1 glass & slate tiles they initally stuck securely (and I pressed each tile on very hard) I was only working a 17" x 44" backsplash wall area. The next day we moisened the paper backing and a large # of tiles just fell off the wall I couldn't get them to stick again. Then over the next 6 hours a few tiles fell off the wall each hour. I am totally furrious at all the time I spent preping the wall to get it just right. I am ripping all the SimpleMat off and am considering putting up 1/4" backer board so I don't have to spend another 5-10 hours preping the walls again. SimpleMat is a wonderful concept that may work on larger tiles, but I'd never consider using it on small tiles. I going back for a refund!!
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:08 PM   #4
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Not sure what your problem might have been, James, but I've seen tiles that size stuck to that mat and they weren't going anywhere. That's the minimum size the manufacturer recommends, but I didn't see any trouble with it on test boards we fooled with.

That stuff (Simple Mat) has a lotta limitations, but not bein' sticky ain't one I've identified.

The stock might be gettin' older by now, and that could be a consideration. Don't know if there's a manufacturer date on the boxes or not. Maybe I'll get out some of my original stock and see if it's still sticky like when it was new.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:34 PM   #5
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Nothing beats a good thinset and a proven way.

I highly doubt the sticky gets stale. Getting it dusty could be its nemesis.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:04 PM   #6
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Have you all seen this new stuff, available at Lowes. Just spray it on and set your tile...

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Old 04-13-2010, 06:08 PM   #7
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And that pertains to using Simple Mat just how?
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It doesn't really. Except maybe you could spray it on top of the SimpleMat to make those tiles stick to it. (just kidding about that folks)

Actually, the marketing of these products is geared to the DIYer. Maybe the spray adhesive works, it might even work better than the SimpleMat
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:38 PM   #9
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I also used the 1" square tiles. In November they went up fine. It was so EASY. Now its April and half of them have came off. Slowly in a chain reaction at first. I went to Home Depot and was told too bad so sad. Now not only do I have to redo splash board, but I don't know how to get the grout off of the tile so will have to buy new tile. I also was talked into the mat by Home Depot employee. GRRRRR All I can say is I'm glad it worked for some of you and am very sorry for the rest.
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Old 04-27-2010, 08:02 PM   #10
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All I can say is I'm glad it worked for some of you and am very sorry for the rest.
I don't think its been around long enough for anyone to say it "works". I think the best anyone can do is say its "working so far...".
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Sue,

What type of tiles (porcelain, glass, stone, etc.)?
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OMG i can not believe what they are selling these days.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:56 AM   #13
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TYW created some test boards a while back using "SimpleMat" and various sizes and types of tile.

In addition, at least one TYW pro used SimpleMat in an actual tiling (backsplash) situation.

So far as I know..... the completed test boards and backsplash still indicate that "SimpleMat" remains a viable DIY tiling option during specific tiling situations.

DIY User Terry (tcinsatx) is planning to use "SimpleMat" in the near future and promises to supply pictures and some narrative results to this forum.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:27 PM   #14
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I just saw this product today while poking around Custom's website on phone hold trying to get help with their C-Cure Epoxy...and had to come on here and see what this stuff was all about. Just noticing that the two negative posts are from people who have only one post apiece..and the post/register date are the same....just sayin'. Does seem a little "As Seen on TV" to me though.
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Site gets as busy as ours it makes a pretty big target, Mike. Lotta trollin' goes on and it's difficult to tell if the posters are legitimate sometimes.

I think you're likely correct about both the ones you see on this thread.
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