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Old 06-11-2010, 08:24 PM   #1
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very small mosaic marble tiles, no grout?


I saw some very small mosaic marble tiles on a mesh backing. They were approx. 3/8" X 3/8"that were butting against one another on a square foot mesh.

The guy said that they can be installed with no grout lines. There was a wall that was done like that, and it looked great. I really like the look.

Has anyone had any experience with this type of tile with no grout?
Any comments.

Bud, my darling, most handsome one, have you had any experience with these tiles before? I plan on only putting them behind my sink, 2 feet by 8 feet.

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Old 06-11-2010, 10:53 PM   #2
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If that wall is going to be splashed with water then those tiles would be a bad idea. The water will get into the cracks and stay there for a while eventually damaging the substrate if it is drywall.

You can use unsanded grout on that type of tile and then seal it but no real guarantees that will help.

Those tiles are better used in a totally dry installation.

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Thanks Bud for the info. If I go with it, I will use the unsanded grout and seal them.

Thanks again, you are the greatest!
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I have just read that if I put glass mosaic tiles on my bathroom wall, I have to smooth out the thinset, or else I will be able to see the ridges of the trowel through the glass tile.

Do all you experts agree with this? Should I smooth it out or should I just put it on with the notched trowel and then push the tiles in to flatten the ridges?

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Hi Yum!

Most of today's glass tiles have an opaque backer bonded to them as a component of the manufacturing process.

Others have a frosted back as if they had been sandblasted.

Some however are still made clear and can be seen through. Those are the culprits. You can spread some thinset and plant the tiles and see what happens. In most cases if you don't skimp on the thinset application the problem will take care of itself but not always.

I'm afraid it is going to be a trial and error beginning until you climb on board the small learning curve. Of course (as always) too much thinset will cause purging between the tiles. It seems to be a never ending battle of sorts.

White thinset would be the thinset to use by the way.

Let us know what happens!
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Thanks Bud. You are always so very helpful.

The glass tiles that I have seen have an opaque back. I can't see through it. So I assume that it would be ok, to just trowel it on.
Can I just spread it and make it smooth anyway?
Just to be sure, as I don't want to install them and then see the lines.

Then I would be very upset......
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The glass tiles that I have seen have an opaque back.
Well then...not to worry.

If you smooth the thinset (don't know why you would need to) then just be sure the tiles are "nesting" in the thinset. A small envelope of thinset around the (lower) edges of the tiles is best to lock the tiles in place.
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Well then...not to worry.

If you smooth the thinset (don't know why you would need to) then just be sure the tiles are "nesting" in the thinset. A small envelope of thinset around the (lower) edges of the tiles is best to lock the tiles in place.

Thanks Bud, you are the best.....

I am getting my tiles this week. It is a small job, only 16 square feet.
I should be able to do that, hopefully.
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HI

I just purchased these tiles yesterday, they are natural stone and will install it in my kitchen... they are interlocking but since it doesnt require grouting they are really tight in that mesh... when trying to add to sheets together its really hard to the point I am a bit scared to push it and break them... I am going tomorrow to home depot to get a nice rubber mallet to force them in... any tips or ideas on how to do this job easier and without breaking them?

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