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Unread 05-05-2008, 08:28 AM   #1
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Skim Thinset Over Entire Shower?

After Thinset & Mesh over all of my backerboard joints, I am unhappy with the smoothness, or lack-of, left behind. I have already used a grindstone to smooth some of the area, but I am considering skimming the entire shower area with a thin layer of thinset.

My question is... Will the layer of thinset be just as suitable for bonding with the tile as the backerboard would have been?

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Unread 05-05-2008, 08:43 AM   #2
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Yes, it would, Justin, so long as you kept the thickness under 1/4".

I'm not convinced that this is the easiest/best solution to your problem though. Could you give us more details?
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Unread 05-05-2008, 02:53 PM   #3
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I'm NOT a pro but I have done 2 showers so far. On the last one I skimmed on some thinset becuase I thought the wall was way out of wack. I ended up grinding much of it back off when setting tile. You might wait and see how the tile is going down before you spend the time fixing a problem you may not have. Dan
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Unread 05-05-2008, 03:47 PM   #4
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Dan's got it man. Use a bit more thinset when you set them, and go with it.
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Unread 05-05-2008, 04:02 PM   #5
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unless the tile is a 4x4.
which I hope not.

I would use a deeper trowel if the tile are big.

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Unread 05-06-2008, 07:45 AM   #6
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I agree with Dan. My backerboard joints were definitely less than ideal due to poor execution on my part (lazyness ) and I found that the thinset was accommodating. I ended up with very flat tile despite the joints not being flat.
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