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Old 05-03-2006, 10:16 AM   #1
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Help, pls - small slate tiles on outdoor porch stair risers

So glad to have discovered this great resource. We have bought small (6") slate tiles that we want to put on the stair risers and porch facing on our front porch steps.

What would we use to affix the slate? After getting the tiles on the risers, should we use a certain type of grout? I did a mosaic on my kitchen backsplash but I doubt I would use the same products outdoors.

Any help would sure be appreciated.

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Old 05-03-2006, 10:24 AM   #2
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Welcome, Sue! Where in Tennessee?

Is this a concrete porch and stairs, or wood framed? Big difference.
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Old 05-03-2006, 10:24 AM   #3
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Hi Sue,

I'm not a pro, but I've heard 'round here that stair risers and treads can be a pain -- they need to be very structurally solid. Add to that the fact that they're outside and you may have some serious prep to do.

Let's start with the structure -- what kind of stairs are they now? Wood? Brick?

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Old 05-03-2006, 11:34 AM   #4
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Thanks !

Sorry, should have mentioned that these are concrete. We're hoping to put the small slate tiles across the front 'edge' of the porch and on the stair risers. Thanks in advance for your help, Sue (in Nashville)
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Old 05-03-2006, 02:30 PM   #5
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forgot to mention: this is painted concrete

Guess that could make a big difference :-)
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Old 05-06-2006, 04:46 PM   #6
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using mortar to put up slate tiles on porch stair risers

A neighbor just suggested we use mortar to put up the small slate tiles across our painted concrete porch stair risers outside and then grout between them. Would that work?
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Old 05-06-2006, 05:28 PM   #7
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Get rid of as much of the paint as possible then set the tile with a modified thinset.

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Old 05-06-2006, 06:19 PM   #8
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Hi Sue,

Don's advice is best. You'll need to remove the paint for sure. There are a lot of different types of "mortar." You will need an adhesive mortar that we call thin set. A good, readily available modified mortar is Flex Bond, which is sold At Home Depot in 50 lb. sacks. One sack should do it.
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Thanks - but not sure on how to remove the paint

Thanks Don and John ! How do we "get rid of the paint" first ?

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Old 05-06-2006, 06:32 PM   #10
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Hi Sue,

I'm certainly no expert, but I've had to do paint removal before. You might try a wire brush disk which attaches to a drill. Another method is chemical. There are plenty of products out there that you simply spray on, wait 15 min. or so, and then brush off.

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Old 05-06-2006, 08:02 PM   #11
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Sue,

Do you have a 4'' angle grinder?

Equipment needed:

4" angle grinder
braided wire cup brush
leather gloves
safety glasses
face shield
dust mask or respirator

Depending on how well the step is painted, I would use the above equipment to wire brush the paint off. Rob has the right idea, but I have found the brushes that attach to drills are not stiff enough to get enamel type paint off. If you attempted a "strip-eeze" type product first, then that type of brush or a hand wire brush may be sufficient.

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Old 05-09-2006, 06:28 AM   #12
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Ready to go !

Brian,

Thanks! We sure appreciate your generous help. Will let everyone know how the project turns out. thx, Sue
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