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06-23-2008, 01:24 PM
Several years ago I completed a terrific bathroom remodel job that could not have been done without the help of this forum. I constructed and entire tiled shower unit, using Kerdi, and it came out terrific with all your help!

Now I move on to tiling the kitchen backsplash area of my son's newly remodeled home. The cabinets are in and so is the granite counter top. I would appreciate any tips on how to proceed with a mosaic tile install!

Thanks again guys and girls!

- Dave Zemens
Rochester, Michigan

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06-23-2008, 02:13 PM
us giving you tips....that list could be endless.

probably better if you asked us a question on something you werent sure of.

06-23-2008, 02:14 PM
I know what you mean, Brian. What I was really looking for was a tip or two that might relate to doing tile on a backsplash in a kitchen --- not generic advice about tiling, but something that might be peculiar to that area.


06-23-2008, 02:17 PM
what type of tile are you using on the backsplash ?
is there a granite 4" installed ?
do you have painted drywall back there now ?

06-23-2008, 02:18 PM
I have new drywall in place. There is no 4" granite backsplash.

The tile type has not been determined yet, but likely to be tumbled travertine.

06-23-2008, 02:23 PM
"Measure twice, cut once."

"Never argue with SWMBO."

"Cold is on the right, Hot on the left, $#!+ flows down hill." (That last one is on the plumber's test. May not apply to your backsplash, though...:D

06-23-2008, 02:28 PM
I have new drywall in place. There is no 4" granite backsplash.
but likely to be tumbled travertine.
I will start with saying to use a modified white thinset to set the travertine.

tight joints (1/8") and sanded grout will fill the joints and the holes in the tile.

seal prior to grouting and after with a sealer.

06-23-2008, 07:57 PM
"Never argue with SWMBO."

what is that??

06-23-2008, 08:18 PM
She Who Must Be Obeyed !

06-23-2008, 08:22 PM
when sealing tumbled travertine, do you mean seal before setting the tile and again afterward? If so, what sealant(s) would you recommend?

06-23-2008, 08:27 PM
you can do it before, but most install the tile and then apply a sealer.
then after you grout and final clean you can seal it again with a stone enhancer or a penetrating sealer.
there's a few types of finishes so you'll have to decide which you like.

you can look into AquaMix (, Miracle Sealers ( or Dupont StoneTech (