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chipraynor 02-16-2013 08:29 PM

Shower floor?? Outside corner??
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Hello all,
New shower floor blue/grey onix mosaic, what's the best sealer prior to grout?

Next is the corner edge, I was thinking edge trim? Or overlapping one edge, but still leaving 1 edge exposed. I don't have the tools to bevel the edge..any ideas??

Thanks as always,

joecaption 02-16-2013 10:47 PM

Well that's one way to do it.
A real tile installer may have installed the bull nose first and the tile next so the cuts were all in the back corner.

Grout it then seal it.
The only time I would suggest sealing before gouting is with a really poris tile.

chipraynor 02-17-2013 08:03 AM

Thanks Joe..I have just been reading on other site about sealers and how not sealing prior to grout could cause problems..but they were talking about pebble tile. I would still like to seal, I can't see it hurting unless you can explain.....

And the corner edge...since I do have to cut the tile off...mitering could be an option, may take forever but I'm not in a hurry.. What do you suggest at this point ?
Thanks again

djlandkpl 02-17-2013 09:47 AM

I see some challenges ahead. The excess thinset in the areas not tiled is going to have to come out. You might loosen the edge tiles when you cut them off.

I can't tell by the picture. Does the drywall on the edge of the wall meet the the back of the tile or are you tiling around the corner too?

chipraynor 02-17-2013 10:15 AM

Ya I thought about he excess thinset, I don't think it will be that bad to remove..I use a small flathead or an old wood chisel...

And yes I was going to wrap the inside wall. From the inside shower to the 5inch wide (where the glass door will be)...and I was thinking to boarder the outside with 1tile... I'm open to ideas if you have any!

djlandkpl 02-17-2013 12:07 PM

It's probably worth the investment to get the tools needed to round off your cuts. I'm not sure which tool but I'm guessing an angle grinder. You'll likely need one to cut the tiles on the wall. I don't know about mitering. I'd bet the tile edge would crumble.

I would continue the brick pattern around the corner which means lots of cuts and edges to round over. Personally I would have the shower wall tile overlap the cut edge of the 5 inch wall. The 1 inch tile will help hide the cuts but with such a pronounced rounded edge, a straight cut will still look odd.

May not be an issue but I'd be concerned with the 5 inch wall being part of the shower area but not waterproof.

chipraynor 02-17-2013 05:20 PM

The tool I was referring to is a blade for the wet saw that puts a rounded edge on the tile. Other then a grinding wheel..that's all I know of.

I may just end up with the oil rubber bronze trim piece.. that's the shower trim and glass door trim.

Another idea from a pro installer was to space the tile on the 5inch side, and round the grout or angle it so it is eye pleasing.. If that makes sense.

NewHomeDIYGuy 02-19-2013 10:56 AM

Hmm interesting that you tiled all the way to (and past) the corner already, I guess you were planning on cutting them on the wall..? Anyway.. what I'd personally do is install a bullnose tile (you could maybe use a different tile), or maybe even just turned the small tiles vertically and installed them along the edge..? Depends on what looks better. As someone else said, the best approach would've been to start at the outside corner and tile in from there, and hide exposed cuts on the inside corner. At this point it all comes down to what looks best. I guess you ideally want to match the other way you ended the other side of the shower..

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