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Old 08-05-19, 07:27 PM
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kitchen backsplash

I have torn the old backsplash off and in a lot of places the drywall paper peeled as well, not all the way to where there is no paper left though. Do I have to skim coat it before installing the mosaic tile sheets? Also, will I get a better result from thin set or the glue sheets like "smart mat"?

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Old 08-05-19, 08:45 PM
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I wouldn't think you'd have to do a skim coat but I'd highly recommend using the thin set installation. I'm not a fan of self sticking products especially in that application.

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Old 08-05-19, 08:51 PM
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I was thinking maybe a product like Gardz® Problem Surface Sealer and then thin set would be fine but wanted to ask before I make a big mistake.
 
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Old 08-05-19, 08:55 PM
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I'm not the tile pro so I was just replying to what I would do.
Hang tight for comments on the surface sealer.
 
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Old 08-06-19, 03:35 AM
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If your talking just minor paper and even some minor missing drywall you can simply mortar over that with no issues.

I also agree, mortar base is tried and true, a lot of thoes new products are to appease folks who think doing it the right way is difficult but they come with a price that they do not perform as well!
 
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I'm not a tile pro either but I would recommend a coat of Gardz be applied first. That should allow the thinset to bond better to the wall with no worries of the moisture in the thinset affecting the exposed gypsum.
 
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Old 08-06-19, 04:43 PM
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thank you guys, i plan to just thin set the tile and see how it goes. I am pretty sure all will be well but figured I would ask first
 
 

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