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  1. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    good evening everybody...

    I have some Encaustic Tiles to lay on a Bathroom floor. It’s been a while!

    Any advise would be gratefully received. If I remember correctly the last time I did these was a good ten years ago, and all I remember is that I used Stain Stop MN and kept the tile surface clean.

    Any advise on adhesive to use, sealer etc would be good. Also order of installation would be helpful.

    It’ll just be the usual 18mm ply overboarded with 6mm hardibacker, glued screwed and taped as per MI

    Here’s a pic of the tiles in question.....
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  2. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Burnley
    Super flat floor, 12mm trowel, standard set adhesive and back skim tiles, leave at least 48hours before sealing with stainstop... and I mean at least 48hrs
    (Lithuanian Bob would have you leave em a week ;)) and nothing darker than a medium grey grout :)
     
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  3. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Burnley
    Used exactly same tiles in March ;) IMG-20180315-WA0019.jpg
     
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  4. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Thanks. Did you seal before and after grouting and how many coats did it need?

    These things are really porous!

    12mm seems a lot! Any reason why? The grout in your pic looks really white!

    I did contact Ca’pietra asking for advise and they blanked me. :tearsofjoy:
     
  5. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Burnley
    The bases are heavily pitted and 12mm was giving a good solid bed.
    Sealed twice before grouting and once after, they do soak up sealer like a sponge, sure it was ultra titanium I used, about the only snicket of info I got was to not use a dark grout..
     
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  6. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Plenty plenty plenty of sealer! Work very clean
     
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  7. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    North East England
    Seal them as you take them out of the box, don’t touch the surface with your fingers.
     
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  8. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Not far off there, John
     
  9. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Just noticed there are two ways to do the star pattern. Either the way you did it or with a reversed three star like this:-

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    Much prefer your way, cheers.
     
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  10. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
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  11. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Burnley
    Looking good, prepared to go home tomorrow looking like casper, never known as much dust as these things kick out when cutting them, with the grinder anyway..
     
  12. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Cheers, Yeah fun day tomorrow. Get masked up and plough my way through.

    Debating whether the bath panel is going to be done.
     
  13. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Burnley
    Could be tricky getting the board on the panel to fix back far enough to accommodate the thickness of them, unless the legs are well out of the way.. Or spoze you could build a lip round the bath?
     
  14. Albert

    Albert Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
    I have cut a lot of encaustics by scoring on Rubi and snapping with pin hammer
     
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  15. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    These are 16mm thick, Albert. Would that still be possible? I hadn’t even considered it.

    @Andystiletiling@Andystiletiling I think it would be possible but I’d have to cut the mounting brackets back a bit on the Bath. Probably use a thick XPS Bath panel Board. I’ll probably cut the Foam board first and take a look. It would be an incredibly heavy removeable panel. I always have my panels removeable.
     
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