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Unread 10-24-2016, 12:58 PM   #1
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drywall prep b4 tiling

I have a few questions. We tore out our old kitchen backsplash down to the studs. We have the new drywall on, and now we want to install a new ceramic tile. Can we just start applying mastic and tiles, or do we have to tape,mud, and prime the drywall first? Also, should we use mastic or thinset? One more, how forgiving is mastic/thinset when it comes to things like screws that are not completely countersunk?

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Unread 10-24-2016, 03:19 PM   #2
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You need to countersink all your screws. It would be best to tape and bed the joints to lessen movement, but in reality few probably are, thinset is superior to mastic, but for backsplash either will be fine.
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Are you setting stone like travertine or any type of marble on this backsplash? Mastic does not play well with them.
Very high probability that the oils in the mastic will be absorbed and leave permanent stains on the backsplash. Mastic is not a good choice for marble or natural stone.
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Unread 10-25-2016, 09:00 AM   #4
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I have countersunk the screws and will be taping and mudding my joints today. Better to be safe than sorry. My tiles are mosaic ceramic, and because I had already purchased thinset, I will use that.

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