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Unread 04-17-2006, 02:26 PM   #1
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Is a latex modifeid thinset necessary for glass mosaic tiles?

I'm relatively new to installing tiles, so I need some advice. I'm installing a backsplash in my kitchen using 3/4 inch surface mounted glass mosaic tiles. Is it necessary to use a latex-modified thinset? I hear some people do and others don't with neither having problems. I'm only installing about 20 sq ft of tile, so I didn't want to spend extra for a latex additive such as Keralastic, if it's not really needed. However, I don't want the tiles falling off of the wall, either. Any suggestions?

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Unread 04-17-2006, 02:49 PM   #2
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mastic would work fine for a backsplash some people backbutter the tiles. i have used a 1/4 notched trowel' then i gently tap them in with a grout float' use a tooth brush and sponge for clean up.

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Unread 04-17-2006, 07:17 PM   #3
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mastic and glass tile... do not think so
glass calls for the highly modified thinset like megaflex or kerabond with keralastic. It is a pricy stuff but I wouldn't use anything else. And get it in white too. you are looking at 35-40 bucks a bag of 50# of this magic powder.
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i agree no mastic anywhere near glass highly modified for glass. pre grout the backs then stick them to thinset.
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Unread 04-17-2006, 07:53 PM   #5
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Hi Chris, welcome to the site!

Tec's Superflex will get you to town on this project. $32-$35 a bag.
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Hi Chris welcome! I agree with Bubba. TEC Super Flex out of the bag mixed with water. Make sure it's white.
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