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stoked91 03-30-2013 07:06 PM

Kitchen backsplash
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Having a kitchen backsplash installed. The question is mastic vs. thinset. The tiles are small subway with a fiber backing. There are glass tiles, hollowed aluminum tiles, stone tiles. Heard many a story just wondered what the best bet is! The glass tiles have a white back so the yellowing of the mastic is irrelevant. The pictures are of the front and back of the 12x12 tile as well as the aluminum piece structure.
Neither the box or the tile package has manufacturers instructions or recommendations!

ToolSeeker 03-31-2013 06:59 AM

Either will work for a backsplash. Or you can use that new mat they have out less mess and less fuss and I am told they work quite well.

DannyT 03-31-2013 12:01 PM

did you try the manufacturerers website?

what about the place you purchased the tile?

Deja-vue 03-31-2013 06:51 PM

I woudn't use Mastic on Glass Tiles. Go with white Thinset.
Just my 2 cents.

ToolSeeker 03-31-2013 08:15 PM


Originally Posted by Deja-vue (Post 1149883)
I woudn't use Mastic on Glass Tiles. Go with white Thinset.
Just my 2 cents.

Why white thinset, white mastic. Mastic eliminates mixing and the worry about how thick the mud is. Remember this is DIY and there is always this

dunnhead 04-03-2013 10:51 PM

Use thinset. Since you're using glass tile, make sure to use a flat trowel, not grooved. You want the thinset to go on smooth. Otherwise, the thinset grooves would show through the glass.

Juliapeter 04-05-2013 05:56 AM

Re: Mastic. Vs. Thinest
Mastic is not the material to use in an area that might be submerged. It will eventually turn to a snot like consistency and lose most of it's adhesion. However, in my opinion, mastic is as good as thinset in applications where submergence is not a possibility and that includes shower walls.

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