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Unread 01-24-2019, 02:26 PM   #1
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Advice for tiling backsplash

Hey All,

Got a lot of great advice here when remodeling my master bath and using a Kerdi system for a third of the room shower.

Stepping into my next tiling adventure and had a quick question. Our house was built in '69 and we just got granite counter tops installed. We are installing a backsplash on a 2'x4' section above the cooktop. Currently, there is reversed wood paneling there where the rough back is on the outside.

How would you guys recommend adhering ceramic subway tiles? I'm trying to add as little depth as possible. Can I do something as simple as using mastic or construction adhesive? I have a good amount of Kerdi membrane left over, should I somehow adhere the membrane to the wood paneling and then use regular thinset to attach the tiles?

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Unread 01-24-2019, 03:04 PM   #2
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Post some pics. How sound is the coating on the wood?
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Remove the paneling and install a proper substrate.
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Thanks for the replies. Here is a picture. There’s not really a coating. Since it’s the reverse side of the paneling it’s just raw wood. There’s some adhesive residue on there that will be scraped off prior.

It’s only about 4 sq ft. If possible I’d like to just attach it to the paneling. Would like to avoid removing. I don’t need the absolute best solution, just something that would work alright. I could possibly just screw in some 1/4” cement board on top of it.

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Welcome back, Dan.

It'll help if you'll attach your photo from storage on your computer so it will appear in your post and remain a permanent part of your thread.
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Unread 01-24-2019, 09:32 PM   #6
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Thanks CX. Just attached it. Turned out upside down though.
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Unread 01-24-2019, 10:09 PM   #7
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I can fix that.

Just adding a quarter-inch CBU over what you've got might work OK, but you'd need to do something with the exposed edge you'll have on the left side of that photo (I think). Can't see it well and can't really tell what I'm looking at on the right side.

Ryan's recommendation is still the best idea, though.

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Unread 01-24-2019, 10:16 PM   #8
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That’s actually another piece of identical paneling, not a stud as it appears in the picture. On the other side of that edge is a finished wall. Would just use. A piece of trim to hide the transition whichever way I decided to go. I’ve got no problem with removing the paneling and replacing with backer board if absolutely nevessary. Was just hoping there’d be an easier adhesion solution considering there will be nobody walking on these tiles, haha.

Right side is just the same paneling going behind the fridge but painted already. Wouldn’t be messing with that part.
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Could use a Schluter piece on the left side to help hid substrate.

I am just not confident that tile would stay on the wood paneling. I agree with Ryan and replace the wood paneling.
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Two coats of oil base primer to seal the wood. Just primer. No top coat. Has to be oil based or the wood wont seal.
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I ended up just screwing hardibacker to the wall and tiling on that.
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