ceramic tile on kitchen walls


Old 09-09-04, 11:40 AM
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We are wanting to put ceramic tile on our kitchen walls - not a clue as to how to do this - can someone point us to instructions. Only doing tile from the top of the counter to the bottom of the cabinets.
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Old 09-14-04, 01:25 AM
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Use mastic for wall tile and unsanded grout. The most difficult thing will be cutting tile around outlets and light switches. You will need a wet saw and maybe some nippers.

Sand the walls with a coarse sandpaper so mastic will bond. Wipe walls with denatured alcohol to remove any grease or oil. Apply mastic to wall with flat edge trowel. Create ridges in mastic with edge of trowel. The existing backsplaxh on counter should support tile. If there is no backsplash, then you will need to put a temporary strip along bottom to support tiles. Press tiles in place & use a level to make sure the tiles are level. You can purchase spacers for wall tile to make sure all grout lines are even. Tape tiles in place with rubber mallet to make sure they adhere and there are no air bubbles behind the tiles. Follow mastic manufacturer's instructions for drying time. Drying time will very due to humidity levels. Allow extra time to be sure. Then you grout with pre-mixed grout or mix your own. Again follow instructions. Use rubber grout float to apply grout. After grout partially sets up, wipe with damp sponge. Take care not to remove grout from joints, but be sure not to leave any grout on tile. Once it dries, it's like concrete. Go back and level grout in joints with sponge. When grout is dry, rub tiles with old towel to remove any haze. Apply sealer to grout in 2-3 weeks.
Old 09-14-04, 09:40 AM
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Smile Ceramic tile on kitchen walls

Thank you so much for the information. We had tiled our upstairs floors - 3 bedrooms / 2 baths - what a project - we thought we might have to put hardi board - or something like that - on the walls. As long as we don't have to put that stuff on, I think we can do it ourselves - if we had to use hardi board - forget it - someone would definitely be hired to do this for us.

Again thank you so much.
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