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Old 05-03-2018, 11:57 PM   #1
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Master Bath complete renovation

Hello fellow DIYers and Pros. Iím a very detail oriented DIYer that may have bitten off more than I can chew. My project is a master bath to include laundry with a 3x5 shower (installed Dreamliner Slimline acrylic base in mortar bed). Iím planning to cover the floor with a 12x24 porcelain tile using 1/2Ē trowel. Over my 1 1/2Ē plywood subfloor I installed Mapei Floor Tile mortar mixed with latex additive under my fiber cement board (Allura brand) and used proper screws to secure. I have taped my seams between panels with alkali resistant mesh tape. Iím also planning to install a Suntouch radiant heat floor mat. Should I have put a waterproof membrane down before my FCB? Or should I do it now, use Redguard, before installing tile? Hoping I didnít commit a big mistake. Thank you for reading my 1st post, have a great day!
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Old 05-04-2018, 04:54 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Michelle.

Are you wanting to waterproof the entire bathroom floor? If so, for what purpose?

It's not typically needed, but if you were to waterproof it, it would go on top of the cement board.
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Thank you, Kman! I wasnít sure if it was necessary or not in a wet space. I wasnít planning on using a waterproof grout so thought it might be needed. Iím also putting 3x6 tile in the shower and that has Goboard as the waterproof material. Iíve never tiled a shower before so Iím even more nervous about that. If I am using a glazed ceramic tile on majority of space but want a marble accent stripe about 6í up & marble pencil edge, which product will be my best bet for adhesion? I have white Flexcolor CQ for grout.
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A decent quality modified thinset in white is good for marble. Look for something around $15-20 for a 50lb. bag. That may be higher, depending on your location.
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Advice for Mother of Pearl Backsplash

I originally thought I would install these small mother of pearl mesh backed tiles with a combo adhesive/grout unsanded product. Can anyone advise on the least dulling products to keep tiles shiny? Should I use 511 Impreg before I adhere? Helpful info welcomed.
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Specifically where is the backsplash? Do you have a link to the mother of pearl tile you plan to install, or a picture?
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:45 PM   #7
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Kitchen backsplash

The MOP tile is very thin.
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Not sure why my pic is upside down 🤔...my range will be placed in the opening under the microwave. The adhesive/grout product I found is made by TEC.
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Iím also considering placing this MOP in a niche in the shower.
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Does the MOP manufacturer have installation instructions?
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Manufacturer recommends a premium penetrating sealer on stone for natural look. Doesnít make a recommendation for shell. Specifically says to not allow sealer to dry on shell though.
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In such instances we try to get a written statement from the tile manufacturer. A phone call or email usually does the trick. If they refuse, you are sort of on your own. Asking other MOP manufacturers or grout/sealant manufacturers would be the next step.
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I'd make a sample board to experiment with. Then you'll know exactly what to do on your back splash.
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