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PhilWA 05-25-2021 10:54 AM

Tan Tub to Blue Shower Remodel
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Here's my photo journal of my DIY project:
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PhilWA 05-25-2021 10:58 AM

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Work in progress...

I want to add mosaic tile to the right wall (behind toilet and to function as vanity backsplash), up to around 4ft height. Trying to figure out how to trim the top edge of the mosaics before setting them.. These mosaics are only about 1/8" thick.. Any ideas?

Meanwhile, I'm working on grout and finishing drywall.

ss3964spd 05-25-2021 11:37 AM

Welcome, Phil, looks pretty nice from here. I like the shower wall tile.

For finishing the top of the mosaic, have you considered one of the tile trims? Schluter makes a bunch.

PhilWA 05-25-2021 12:28 PM

Hey Dan,
I had to lookup on schluter's website to check, but they do have 1/8" height schiene profiles (L-shaped) listed. At the local stores, I've only ever seen the 1/4" height trims at the smallest. I do cringe at the thought of UPS shipping a couple 8 ft lengths of flimsy trim; maybe ill see if the local stores will order it for me.

BIGPHIL 05-26-2021 02:32 PM

Looking good, Phil! I too like those wall tiles :tup2:

PhilWA 06-15-2021 10:16 AM

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So I used some Mapei Mapesil T Plus 100% silicone at the bottom corners of my shower and along my glass door, but after a couple days it doesn't seem to be hardening/solidifying? The material seems to have a 'silly putty' consistency? Is this normal? When I've used clear/white silicone they seem to harden almost completely within a day..

I called mapei and they said to squeeze some out on board for a few days. After 20 hours, I scraped up some of the squeeze out and balled it up and mashed it; here's a photo of what the material looks like at this point (in my 72F house). I'll test again tomorrow.

Should I scrape this stuff out and try to source some regular Mapesil T (no plus)? I've used the 'siliconized' acrylic from 'Custom' brand in my other shower remodel, but that stuff has degraded after 3 years and needs replacement. The silicone color match products seem hard to find in local stores.

Jason@mapei 06-15-2021 03:50 PM

Do you have a picture of the Tube?

PhilWA 06-15-2021 04:06 PM

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bought these from lowes

PhilWA 06-16-2021 12:41 PM

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After installing a sliding shower door, my heated towel rack looked like it would be too close to the door, so I ended up cutting a hole in the drywall to relocate this box 3 inches (further) away from the shower door. Now there is just barely 22" clearance between the open sliding door and the towel rack, hopefully that's enough?

PhilWA 06-16-2021 12:48 PM

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Here's the photo of the Mapesil T Plus after 2 days. It looks like the 'warm grey' color is curing faster than the 'pearl grey'. The pearl grey seems like its taking too long to cure? I don't want to tear it out if I don't have to, so I'll give it another week while I work on the vanity tile backsplash.

nicksfan3780 09-05-2021 09:09 PM

Hey PhilWA, running into the same issue with the silicone (Mapei Mapesil T Plus ) you did. Did you end up tearing it out and doing another product or did it eventually dry (estimate please?)

PhilWA 09-06-2021 09:37 AM

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I ended up just leaving the stuff in place. For complete dryness on my test squeeze-out on a board (suggested by mapei), it took the 'warm gray' about 3 days, and the 'pearl gray' took 6 days. Drying time for the product installed in between my tiles took about twice the time (I think because it's less exposed to air than the testing samples). So, based on my limited sample of two tubes of different colors, I'd expect dry time in ballpark of one to two weeks (after installing into tile). Peeling the samples off the backer board gave me some confidence that the product would adhere to the tiles, and it seemed to also have some toughness.

This product doesn't seem to be performing per-label and I 'd try to find another brand of color-matched grout/silicone next time and only repurchase this brand if there was no other option.

PhilWA 09-06-2021 09:48 AM

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Forgot to post the finished project photo:

smifwal 09-06-2021 10:32 AM

I have used mapesil T on every shower I have done in the last 5 years and never experienced what you are. Though I have never used the Plus. The regular T is tenacious

Your bathroom looks great BTW

BIGPHIL 09-17-2021 11:47 PM

Nice work, Phil! Looks great from over here. Is that white curb top the slabs they sell at Lowes? If so, how wide is it?

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