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Old 06-29-2020, 06:37 PM   #1
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Installing 8x24 ceramic wall tiles in the shower. I have been back buttering, I feel so rushed though, especially since it's only me doing it. I'm guessing it's not okay to do them all ahead of time and let them dry out?
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You can backbutter the tiles, but you still need thinset on the walls. Sometimes backbuttering can cause the tiles to not sit well, so use it sparingly unless you feel adhesion problems with just the thinset.
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You can backbutter the tiles, but you still need thinset on the walls. Sometimes backbuttering can cause the tiles to not sit well, so use it sparingly unless you feel adhesion problems with just the thinset.

Thank you for responding. I am putting thinset on the walls. From my understanding, isn't back buttering basically just filling in all the grooves and what not in the back to make it flat? If so, I thought it would be great to just back butter all of those first, sparingly.
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Yes, you should backbutter the tiles, and yes, it should be done basically just before you place the tile. You don't want either the thinset on the wall or the backbuttered thinset to dry out, or the bond they form won't be as good as if they're both wet.
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