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Old 04-16-2015, 09:48 AM   #1
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I am going to be installing 12 x 12 mosaic tile in my kitchen as a backsplash. Do you recommend buttering the back or applying the mastic to the wall? Is it simply a preference or does one method have advantages over the other?

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Do both. Trowel with ridges in wall, butter back of tile with flat side of trowel.

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Thanks... What size growl do you recommend for 12 x 12 sheet tile? It's natural stone with pieces ranging from 2 x 2 up to 4 x 4.

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I don't know why you would use 12x12 for a backsplash.A backsplash is typically 16h-'18" tall.Are you planning on cutting the top and bottom course and having a 12x 12 centered or what.
Just does not seem aesthetically pleasing to me when there are many options.You can buy 8x8 or 9x9 or smaller with a center band to fit your situation better.Or these widths in different length.
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Wrong. The tiles are 2 and 4" mounted on mesh/paper to make sheets approx. 12x12". The size of the sheet is immaterial. You do NOT back butter mosaics unless it's a single piece torn off the mesh and that spot is missing adhesive. Use the correct trowel for the size and thickness of the tiles.

Note; Normally we would not recommend mastic to set tiles. I believe it's fine for a dry area such as this, and often easier too. BUT, you said it's natural stone tiles. Can you tell us exactly which adhesive you plan to use?

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Glad you came along.He said 12X 12 and I just assumed that's what it was according to his post.You never know around here.Figured maybe he had some left over from something.
Check out the guy with the shower problem.He could really use some help if you have the time.
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He did say mosaic.Guess I missed that.
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He did say mosaic.Guess I missed that.
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No problem Mako1. The mention of 12x12 was not necessary but he just wants to give us all the facts.

Now he needs to give us the mastic info.

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All the facts on this board.Are you nuts??
Have to respect a man for that.Or a woman.
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It's like getting blood from a turnip, usually. Isn't that what they say?

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That's what we say here in IL.Leraned it from my Grandmother and I miss her.
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I mentioned the various size smaller tile in my follow up. I'm not a complete noob but but iim no expert on the field either.

The mastic is Type I mastic made by TEC Incision, I believe. The label specfically said you could use it with natural stone. I hope this will work because I've already put everything up except for the pieces I have to cut.
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Ok then, if Tec says it's good for natural stone, that's good. No problem using mastic for kitchen backsplash, and it's easier cuz the tiles should not droop on you as they can with thinset if they're not supported.

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