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run2smiles 09-12-2010 07:51 AM

cultured marble
How do you tile a cultured marble shower?

oh'mike 09-12-2010 08:34 AM

Could you explain what you are trying to do?

Are you adding cultured marble sheets to a shower?

Are you hoping to tile over an existing cultured marble surround?

jlhaslip 09-12-2010 11:17 AM


How do you tile a cultured marble shower?
If the marble is already installed and you want to tile on top of it, you remove the marble and replace it with cement backer board before tiling.

run2smiles 09-12-2010 02:15 PM

Cultured marble
I would like to tile over my existing cultured marble shower surround.

run2smiles 09-12-2010 02:27 PM

cultured marble shower surround
Okay, well I am a GIRL, taking down the cultured marble, installing backerboard, etc is just a little bit too much of a task for me to take on. (I know, I know, I could hire someone, but I don't have the funds at the time so have to stick to the do-it-myself projects.) However, I can not seem to force myself to finish the other upgrades that I have started while thinking about upgrading the look of the surround as this would have to happen prior to the completion of the other projects as it will impact product choices. Did I mention that I now HATE the look of the surround with my new floor, paint, etc?

Isn't there a way to make the cultured marble secure enough to be able to tile directly on top of it? I have heard of it being done by someone who was selling and it worked, but who knows how long it lasted since he wasn't around to find out.

Please advise.

Bud Cline 09-13-2010 08:04 PM

Not the way to do it but...Oh Well!!!:)

Remove any lapping seam covers and soap dishes or shelves and then scuff the surface. Grind it with very coarse sandpaper and ruin the finish everywhere. Then use a modified thinset mortar to install the tile. If you chose porcelain tile it may take weeks for the thinset to cure enough to install the grout but that's what has to be done.:)

The post by jlhaslip is the proper way to do it and is what should be done.:)

dimebox 09-21-2010 11:41 AM

we are wanting to tile our shower as well, but we actually do want to remove the existing cultured marble walls first. what is the best way to remove them? Thanks!

Bud Cline 09-21-2010 12:39 PM


Please start your own thread so as to not hijack this one.


dimebox 09-21-2010 02:48 PM

I apologize for my mistake. I found my answer elsewhere. Thanks.

Bud Cline 09-21-2010 04:38 PM

Jheeeeezh! Are ya kiddin' me?:)

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