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Old 11-04-2014, 02:01 PM   #1
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Stone Veneer Panels w/Thinset over Drywall?


Hi thanks in advance for anyone who can perhaps make this topic a little clearer for me. I have two walls in our house that we are going to be adding stone veneer to, it is a stack stone style, no grout joints, 6"x24" panels each approx. 10lbs. both walls are 8' tall. My challenge is both walls are drywalled and painted, I have read some comments suggesting that using thinset and applying the stone direclty to the drywall works fine, others suggesting mesh, scratch coat; I know friends who have done it with plywood and PL adhesive. I have seen the videos of guys using thinset direct over drywall.

Personally the mesh, scratch seems like a pain, the adhesive seems like unnecessary expense (fine if I am charing someone for it but it is DIY right?) -
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I believe you will be fine attaching the panels to drywall---scuff sand the paint--use a modified thinset---

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I put "Z Brick" in my first house,over a painted dry wall[just one wall in kitchen] Never had a problem in the 12 or so years I lived there afterwards.
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I am applying the same size stone (6x24), and was wondering how it worked going right on drywall without lathe? Does it matter if your stone is manufactured or natural stone? Thanks
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If you go by the industry standards, you can not apply directly to sheetrock, especially painted sheetrock. I have risked it with thin brick, but they are in a whole other class of wall coverings than thin/fake stone.

The correct way to apply thin stone over sheetrock is to screw (into the studs) 1/4" hardibacker and then thinset to that.
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