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Old 07-28-2010, 02:11 PM   #16
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Hi Abe,

Looks like you've got at least 4 threads going on this one project. You should not start a new thread every time you have an additional question. The threads will get separated and much of the background info will get lost.

I presume you're installing ceramic tiles. The tiles don't care about smooth, they care about flat and of course a stiff substrate.

I have no idea what you're installing onto. You can't just set it and expect it to last.

You need to start with a description and spec of the subfloor, how it's built and with what and what's on it now. Start there.

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Now to add one more voice--------------

Paint comes off of tile very easily--

I prime and paint the first coat---tile--install trim---caulk the trim--paint the trim--then the final coat.

So often a bit of stray thinset--or a caulking smear happens--I like to add that second coat of paint last.---Mike---
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NSo often a bit of stray thinset--or a caulking smear happens--I like to add that second coat of paint last.---Mike---
That's what I was afraid of
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What's the main differences between ceramic and porcelain tile?
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What do yall think of Skil?
http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1
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The definition of ceramic tile (the best one I found) is

Ceramic tile includes a wide variety of clay products fired into thin units which are set in beds of mortar or mastic with the joints between tiles grouted. Varieties include quarry tile, porcelain tile, terra cotta tile, and others.
www.flooringpedia.com/

Porcelain refers to a specific firing process that brings the moisture content of the clay used to make the tile down to a low level.

From Wikipedia:
Porcelain is a ceramic material made by heating raw materials, generally including clay in the form of kaolin, in a kiln to temperatures between 1,200 C (2,192 F) and 1,400 C (2,552 F). The toughness, strength, and translucence of porcelain arise mainly from the formation of glass and the mineral mullite within the fired body at these high temperatures.

Hence porcelain is a subset of ceramic.
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Will this come out good? I'm looking to do something easy for my first tile job, but fancier than one plain color.

These white tiles on the outer edge:


Then a row of these darker tiles:


Another row of white tiles.

Then for the rest, the darker tiles in the middle.

Similar to what this guy did but with different colors:
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The tiles should be fine as long as they are the same size (not all 12x12 tiles measure the same). Make sure that if you pick two colors you use the same manufacturer and series. If they are off by even 1/16 of an inch your grout lines will look funny. Also buy the same batch number for both colors. Skil saw should be fine...it's not heavy duty but will work for a few jobs. Porcelain is harder than ceramic and in my opinion easier to cut unique shapes and sizes.

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Porcelain is harder than ceramic and in my opinion easier to cut unique shapes and sizes.
Porcelain is easier to cut? I though ceramic would be easier.

Thanks for the tips!
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No...it's easier to cut unique shapes and sizes. It is not as brittle. It's harder on the blade to cut.

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