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Unread 04-14-2004, 09:36 AM   #1
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Unhappy ?'s about tiling a stone backsplash

Looking for all kinds of help here...I'm new at this whole tiling thing...I am probably what you say a wanna be Jack of all trades...In the process of having my 1st house built...My wife and I would like to have a modern/contemporary kitchen and she would love a stone tile backsplash...I have been practicing on ceramic tile samples and I am gettin pretty good at that...I think I am ready to practice on the stone tiles...

1st question...Can I use the already premixed advesive for the stone tile that i used for the ceramic

2nd question...The base of the backsplash is going to be a 4 in high mosaic type stone set...so, I'm not sure on what to do w/the tile when I grout...I do not want to get the grout in the pores of the tile but I don't want to tape off all the little pieces of stone individually either

All replies are welcome...Thanx Bob
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Unread 04-14-2004, 11:04 AM   #2
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Although pre-mixed mastic can be used on backsplashes, we don't recommend it. Instead, use a cementeous thinset (comes in a bag and you mix it with water). Thinsets come in gray and white, get the one that will look best with your stones if you get some where it doesn't belong.

Please rethink the material choice. You backsplash will be subject to all manner of kitchen mishaps. Anything that gets into those crevices and pits will be difficult to clean out. Allowing the grout to fill the deeper ones will make you life a little easier, using something that doesn't have that problem will make your life a lot easier.

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thanx alot...appreciate the time...have a good day
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Unread 04-14-2004, 02:56 PM   #4
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Like BBcamp said, you should grout the entire backsplash, the one below is 4" tumbled marble, you could see right through some of them, not a good idea to leave all these pores open, unless you tape each tile and I have only once and they paid extra for it, no way to keep the grout out, believe me it looks great grouted, that's the look.

I also only use thinset for stone.
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Thanx for your reply...will maybe stay w/the stone look...i like the way yours turned out...what color grout did you use?
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The grout was Sand Beige by Super-Tek, they also have matching caulks for all their grouts.
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I agree to fill the holes, it'll still look good.

Nice job RD.
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Unread 04-15-2004, 06:21 PM   #8
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Thanks Davy, here's the rest of it, stupid electrician put in wrong color outlets, has to come back and change them all, they sure stick out now.
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Unread 04-15-2004, 06:34 PM   #9
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Yip, I have tryed to get them to put the plugs up under the cabinets but it's always too late by then, oh well.
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