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Unread 11-11-2004, 01:51 PM   #1
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Travertine over formica

I want to install 18X18 travertine tiles over a 10 foot square formica covered counter (in a business office). Would scratching up the surface of the formica and using mastic be preferable to thinset? Does the travertine need to be sealed after to avoid staining?
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Unread 11-11-2004, 02:29 PM   #2
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Mastic may stain through the travertine, so use latex or acrylic modified thinset. I would prefer that you install 1/4" backerboard over the formica, so your thinset will stick better. How do you plan to do the edges?

Yes, travertine needs to be sealed.
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Unread 11-11-2004, 02:51 PM   #3
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travertine over formica edges

Hi Bob,
Thanks for your advice about the backerboard, that's easy enough, I will do it. I haven't resolved the edge issue completely, do you have any advise? I don't have a grinder to bull nose them.
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Unread 11-11-2004, 03:02 PM   #4
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If you want bullnose, take them to a stone fabricator. You don't have enough there to invest in the tooling.

If you want a stone edge, you will need to screw a strip of backerboard to the edge of the countertop, then tape and mud it like the other joints (Did I mention that you should embed the backerboard in thinset when you screw it down? You should, you know.) You then can thinset strips of stone to the backerboard.

I suggest, however, that you use a wood edge treatment. I think something like oak or hard maple would hold up better in an office environment. You wouldn't need stone working tools to do it, either.
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Unread 11-11-2004, 03:15 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advise about the edges Bob. I think oak trim would be perfect. Would you glue it with some sort of adhesive or thinset along the stone edge? I'm grateful for all the mistakes you have probably saved me from. This is a very helpful forum. Thanks again,
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