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Unread 05-30-2013, 10:36 PM   #1
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Jen's Kitchen Backsplash

We've replaced our countertops in our kitchen (with MSI Toasted Almond Quartz). Now, we are looking for a backsplash. The drywall was damaged a bit removing the old backsplash; there are places that it was glued on, and the top surface of the paper came off.

I really, really like glass tile. And I think a backsplash is a nice place to use it. I'm about in love with Stone and Pewter Accents tiles in their Sumi-e and Tozen series.

I've never worked with glass and I've never used mastic. Just thinset and porcelain and granite tiles.

Is there anything we should keep in mind? With glass tiles, does the drywall underneath need to be all fixed first? Or can we fudge it with white adhesive? I've heard that your thinset or mastic needs to be done better to avoid ugly-looking tile ... is that right?

Anything we should beware of or be aware of? This stuff is *expensive* and I don't want to screw it up. We're still thinking. Thanks!
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Unread 05-31-2013, 06:22 AM   #2
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Hi Jen, you can patch the spots on the drywall with some drywall mud. Home Depot has Glass Tile Mortar that is sticky and non sag. You want to use thinset to install your glass tiles not mastic.
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What Mike said plus,

Some random glass tile tips;

1- Primer the BS with white latex primer to give the glass tiles the most vibrant color

2- Think about what happens where the glass tiles end. Does the edge look good? Will there be cut tiles exposed? Do you need something to edge the tiles with?

3- If you'll be cutting the glass tiles, practice first using the tools pictured below or a wet saw with a glass cutting blade.

4- watch this video

5- watch this video

6- as with all BS installations, keep a 1/8" grout joint (minimum) between the tiles and the counter, tiles and the cabinets, tiles and the tiles on the adjoining wal....
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Not to hijack...but I am doing a glass mosaic tile backsplash, also...and I was told on here that there was no need to prime. I did skim coat over my sheet rock and my thinset is going to be white.

Should I prime it anyway?
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It's not critical just a nice touch in case you missed a spot with the thinset

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