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Unread 04-03-2006, 12:55 PM   #16
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Unread 04-03-2006, 06:01 PM   #17
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funny you say this but tec do have an adhesive grout combo.
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Unread 04-06-2006, 01:36 PM   #18
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Lightbulb 40+ colors and one of the FASTEST ways to set/grout mosaics.

This is good for a very wide assortment of situations including: pools, exterior work, ect.

Make sure that the substrate is clean, structurally sound, and free of any dirt, oil, grease, paint, sealers, form release agents, or curing compounds.
Clean the surface with a damp sponge just before installation of the tile.

This installation requires that the same mortar mix used to set the glass mosaics while grouting the tile at the same time.
This is commonly referred to as the One-Step Method.

LATICRETE Tri-Poly Fortified Sanded Grout (1500 Series) – available in 40 Colors mixed with LATICRETE 4237 Latex Thin-Set Mortar Additive is an ideal combination for this installation. (I haven't tried other manufacturers grout)

Place each sheet of glass mosaics face down and work a small amount of the mortar into the back of each sheet with a rubber grout float or the flat side of a trowel.

Remove excess mortar from the back of the mosaic sheets with the straight edge of the trowel of float. This should fill all of the joints and leave a thin, wet layer of mortar on the back surface of the sheet.

For sheets with varying thickness of glass mosaics then level grout to the thickest tile on the sheet.

Key the mortar into the substrate using the flat side of a trowel to initiate a bond coat. Using the appropriate sized V-notch or small square notch trowel (e.g. 3/16” (4mm) square notch), add more adhesive and notch the mortar in a horizontal, straight pattern.

The freshly prepared sheet of glass mosaics is placed onto the fresh combed mortar on the floor or wall. After each sheet is placed, a flat wood block or rubber grout float is used to beat the face of the tiles and firmly embed the tiles into the mortar.

A minimum of 95% coverage of mortar to tile should be achieved after the beat in.

Check to make sure that a flat, uniform surface is attained.

Have some fun!

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Unread 04-07-2006, 03:15 PM   #19
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Nash-- Years ago my father used to have me do that for repair jobs, so it was a quick in and out kind of thing, and for that, it was fine. But I don't know if I'd want to do an entire installation like that. 4237 is so sticky, that it's next to impossible to keep from dragging grout out of the joints with the sponge, and also, it seems to provide for some extreme shrinkage!!
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Unread 04-10-2006, 06:36 PM   #20
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Shrinkage.

I haven't experienced shrinkage with 1500 and 4237.

I've done quite a bit just letting the grout/thinset smush through mozaics on non-paperfaced.

I just sort of squeegee the joints flush with an epoxy grout float, and the dress them lightly with a slightly damp sponge. As I go.

It does work.

I will say that the joint is slightly darker than the grout card.

It's an oldy, but a goody.
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Unread 04-10-2006, 06:47 PM   #21
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Quote:
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It's an oldy, but a goody.
That's a fact!! My father's the one who showed me that trick (after HMR showed him), and that was back in the early 80's when colored grouts were first coming out!!
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