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sullijos 11-08-2011 02:10 PM

Base Moulding vs. Bullnose Tile Surround
Hi All,

I hope I'm using the correct terms here but I am trying to decide between using base moulding or bullnose porcelain tile 3" by 12" pieces for the bathroom surround. Any suggestions? The floor I just installed is 12 x 12 porcelain tile.

If I do go with the porcelain tile, to save money could I just buy a case of tiles and do two 3" by 12" cuts so that I get a polished side on both pieces?

Lastly, what should I use as adhesive for the tile if I go that route? Will construction adhesive work, with grout to finish it off?

oh'mike 11-08-2011 04:00 PM

I like a tile baseboard in the right room. It's a look. So you must be the judge.

As to slicing up tile for the base---It usually looks bad. Most porcelain tile edges cant be polished

and those that can require tooling so expensive that only full time granite installers can afford it.

Simply buy bull nose and be done.---Mike---

sullijos 11-09-2011 08:14 AM

Thanks Mike, that was the way I was leaning. I've seen on websites that mastic is good for installing the tile trim. Will construction adhesive work just as well? Obviously, I will grout after.

jimmy21 11-09-2011 10:34 AM

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I bullnose my own tile but only some can be done. Mainly thru body porcelain and travertine. I use a diamond wheel for a 4" grinder and a polishing kit from harbor freight. Works great on this highly polished thru body porcelain that I've been using all over my house.

Doesn't work very well on granite. Granite just doesn't polish easily for a diy person

Blondesense 11-09-2011 10:34 AM

The thinset you used on the floor tiles would be your best bet. Mastic would be second choice, acceptable in a non-wet area. I wouldn't use construction adhesive.

Edited to add: Actually I have used construction adhesive for tiles. When we moved into this house we had several loose kitchen counter tiles. I just used the adhesive I had on hand because I thought replacing the counter top was near the top of our to-do list.
It didn't hold.
And it is still on our to-do list.

oh'mike 11-09-2011 04:30 PM

Actually,PL premium works well for base board tiles---Thinset is cheaper and easier to clean up---so the choice is yours.

sullijos 11-10-2011 09:43 AM

Thanks for all of the helpful info! This site has been an excellent resource for my bathroom project.

I was told by the flooring specialist at Home Depot to use mastic for the baseboard 3 x 12" tile. I cut the tiles as necessary so that the grout lines would all line up and I managed to get all the pieces up with 1/8" spacers off the floor. My question is, how long should I wait until I grout? I did not apply the mastic thickly in any particular spot, but I don't want to get over-aggresive and grout when the mastic hasn't dried.

jimmy21 11-10-2011 10:24 AM

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Usually wait overnight. You could do it immediately but there is a chance you might knock them out of place.

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