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Old 07-25-2011, 09:43 AM   #1
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Glass Tile Backsplash - Prep work advice sought


Standard drywall, recently painted twice, 16" O.C. framing. Using the 12X12" Glass pieced sheets for this application. Question is - Is there any other method of prep and installation aside from 1\4" Hardiboard screwed and thinset?

I'm trying to minimize the projection. Glass with matting is about 9\32". I do have a 1 1\2" backsplash that it will rest on, but if I can, I'd like to keep as much reveal as possible.

Is there another acceptable adhesive possibly that would minimize the space that thinset will use up? Contact cement is a little risky as it is a vertical application in a cramped space and could require a bit of adjusting as it is set in place.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Put the tile on the sheetrock. No need for the hardiboard. Silicone caulk the 1/8" gap where the tile comes down to the counter.

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Put the tile on the sheetrock. No need for the hardiboard.
Agreed! Scuff the paint and go for it.

Thinset won't take much more space than anything else. Not all adhesives will work for glass tiles. In fact the tile maker should have a recommendation of which thinset is suitable to use.
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Thanks to both of you for the responses. I have the store (Depot) where my daughter bought her tile and will head over today to get the proper Thinset. It's heck doing a job thats 2 hours away. I definately want to have everything I need. Think I'll carefully heat strip the new paint. It's 4 new coats - total of satin latex. Might just peel off and leave me with the old painted sheetrock. Gotta get it into the heads of these youngsters - Think Ahead, it saves time and money.
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Thanks to both of you for the responses. I have the store (Depot) where my daughter bought her tile and will head over today to get the proper Thinset. It's heck doing a job thats 2 hours away. I definately want to have everything I need. Think I'll carefully heat strip the new paint. It's 4 new coats - total of satin latex. Might just peel off and leave me with the old painted sheetrock. Gotta get it into the heads of these youngsters - Think Ahead, it saves time and money.
It's super nice of you to do all this for your daughter.... I bet she would really learn something if you did it together
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