Correcting Our Peel and Stick Vinyl Square Nightmare

Old 09-02-02, 11:15 PM
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Correcting Our Peel and Stick Vinyl Square Nightmare

My husband and I moved into the Money Pit. To make a long story short, we were very low on money (and still are) so about the only thing we could afford to do to put new flooring in the kitchen was to buy the self-adhesive 12X12 vinyl squares and do it ourselves. This looked good for about two days and then they started to shift/slide pretty badly in the area in front of the cabinets and in front of the sink and the wood below is now visible. What, if anything, can we do for a temporary fix the gaps to make it look good enough until our money tree blooms again?
Old 09-04-02, 12:47 PM
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1'x1' square vinyl tiles usually stick very well, if the surface is even and cleaned thoroughly before tiling.
Edges are the hardest place to lay any tile, and I think your edges either have irregular surface or unclean surface.

You must have some spare tiles left after you tiled, right??

Remove the ones that are delaminated. Clean the area very well.
After all goop is out, clean it with rubbing alcohol. Dry well.
Fill cracks, voids with spackling. Let it dry.
Reapply the tiles; press firmly and let it cure.

I put those in my kitchen 3 years ago; I haven't replaced a single tile yet.
Old 09-05-02, 08:29 PM
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Floor prep is the key to a lasting floor!!!!!!!!!
It is the forgotten task in many flooring jobs and it always goes back to "cheap is not always the least expensive"

You needed to put down a 1/4" approved underlayment to bring the floor up to installation specs,
or at least primed and then skim coated with a polymer fortified skimcoating compund, such as ARDEX SD-F Feather Finish.

Anytime I get asked to install anything peel and stick. I use Henrys 430 VCT clear spread adhesive too. Follow the instructions on the side of the container! Don't set the tile into the adhesive while the adhesive is still wet.
Old 09-16-02, 07:18 AM
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same thing

that is exactly what happened to me. what no one told me is that the glue releases with mild heat - natural heat for where i live. i regularly let me house go above 80F - 85F in the summmer. i don't know if that applies to you - but i sure wish someone had told me that before i got them.

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