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Unread 10-11-2013, 08:51 AM   #1
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Kitchen Backsplash

Looking for some advice regarding the install of a (what I think is) a marble backsplash in my kitchen. The tile is 4x12 and has a matte finish but appears to be polished. I don't know any more about them because my wife got them at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. I'm thinking a white thinset and minimal grout lines are in order. Any suggestions? I have done tile work before, just not with this material. Thanks in advance.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 09:00 AM   #2
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Seal your grout

You have the right idea.

-use a modified thinset (a pre-mix will do)
-1/16" grout lines-Use UNSANDED grout.
-ensure you seal your grout by mixing with an additive like "AquaTight" sealer
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Unread 10-11-2013, 09:01 AM   #3
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Am I right that this is marble?
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Unread 10-11-2013, 09:26 AM   #4
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Take a picture of the backside Jack.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 10:15 AM   #5
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Here's the back side.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 10:57 AM   #6
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It is a real stone for sure. I would use white thinset as you mentioned as the setting material. Premixed or mastic might bleed through and appear to stain it.
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Thanks,

Yeah it's 1/2 inch thick, think it came out to something like .88 cents per tile. Does a 1/16th grout line sound appropriate? These tiles have a beveled edge on the finished side.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 02:30 PM   #8
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A 1/16" joint will look the best but,,,,,,,,,,, take a bunch of the tiles and lay them on their sides on something very flat. Then take a straight edge and lay that across them and see what kind of variation they show. Do this end to end also or just precisely measure a bunch of them. If the variation is more than your desired joint width you will probably have to go with a slightly larger joint.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 04:52 PM   #9
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Thanks Richard,

I have to go through all of them anyways since the blue variation in the first pic is scattered randomly in the lot. Thanks again for the advice. I'd still like to see if anyone knows what this stone is.
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Unread 10-12-2013, 09:34 AM   #10
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Looks like travertine to me, and that blue area in the first pic looks like fill.
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