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Old 03-30-2013, 07:06 PM   #1
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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!
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:59 AM   #2
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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.

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did you try the manufacturerers website?

what about the place you purchased the tile?
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I woudn't use Mastic on Glass Tiles. Go with white Thinset.
Just my 2 cents.
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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
http://www.bonderatilematset.com/pag...eAndAfter.html
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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.
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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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