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Unread 01-01-2005, 07:06 PM   #1
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Resin-backed Marble

Looking through the instructions for Versabond, I noted that it said that it
should not be used for resin-backed marble. The marble tile that I have (12x12 Giallo Riale) has a fiberglass mesh in the back --- does that mean
that it is resin-backed? Is there an easy way of determining if it is so?

I suppose I should use an epoxy-based mortar if it is resin-backed? I am planning to tile the fireplace surround and hearth with it (light use).

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Unread 01-01-2005, 07:18 PM   #2
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Hi Mukund, Welcome aboard.

I'm not sure what type of mortar to recommend. You can contact Custom Building Products support at: http://custombuildingproducts.com/Su...er=diy&lang=en

Not sure what their weekend hours are.

Mark Longfellow, Custom's marketing manager, is a member of our crew. I'll alert him to this thread.
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Unread 01-01-2005, 08:17 PM   #3
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It's likely that your marble is resin backed. If I remember Giallo Riale, it's a lot like the "Brechia" family of stones from Italy that require a fiberglass backing adhered to the stone with resin to prevent the stone from cracking during otherwise normal handling. Not much will stick to these tiles other than a product like this:


Although pricey, this product will work very well. Let me know if you'd like more info, or need help locating a distributor that carries this product.
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