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  1. clack

    clack New to TilersForums.co.uk

    Location:
    south coast
    Hi there, I've been emailing tile companies and none seem to be able to offer me any advice on my query. So I thought I'd ask the experts in here!

    I'd like to tile the lid/top (hinged to access record player) and base of a hi-fi cabinet that I've renovated. As far as I could see it's either wood, or chipboard with a wood veneer. I've sanded and primed it with Ronseal all surface primer.

    I have black and white 50mm square porcelain tiles in a chessboard style on mesh sheets that I'd like to tile the top and base with. However, an email conversation with BAL said that normal tile adhesive will not work as the flexibility of wood will cause the tiles to crack/not adhere properly.

    Would you be able to offer some advice regarding how I can achieve a strong bond to the cabinet without the tiles failing? Other suggestions I have been given from are to use Evo-stik Impact contact adhesive or Sticks Like S*t grab adhesive to glue the tiles down. Some people at my workplace have suggested tiling onto backer board with regular tile adhesive but at 6mm in depth this would raise the profile of the lid/base and make it look a bit silly.

    As tiling experts, I’d really be grateful for some advice from you as I don’t know where to begin now and my nice tiles are just sitting unused on the floor!

    Thanks in advance

    Emma
    cabinet top.jpg cabinet base.jpg
     
  2. Localtiler

    Localtiler Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Hello, obviously it's not orthodox tiling onto that, but a no nails type glue, or sticks like rubbish as you said will deffinately stick them on.
     
  3. Bond

    Bond TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Highland
    Or the good old silicone sealant, degree of flexibility as well.
     
  4. Dan

    Dan TilersForums.co.uk Est.2006 Staff Member NOT a Tiler

    Location:
    Staffordshire, UK
    Score it and use BAL Fastflex. They won't guarantee it themselves but I will lol that stuff can be used to tile to a lawn if neatly trimmed lol
     
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  5. pdc

    pdc Living the dream..... Professional Tiler

    I assume the lid needs to stay up when it's open, have you checked that it will with all the extra weight on it?
     
  6. Albert

    Albert Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
    I tiled the riser's on my staircase at home and just stuck them on
    with silicone and grouted with flexi grout. IMG_2673.JPG
     
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  7. Phil Hobson

    Phil Hobson Master Craftsman Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Master Craftsman

    Location:
    oldham
    Hi everyone,not been on for a while, post again soon
     
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  8. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London

    Great to see you back Phil! :):thumbsup:
     
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  9. Phil Hobson

    Phil Hobson Master Craftsman Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Master Craftsman

    Location:
    oldham
    thanks for your help Marc and your kind welcome back , it was a tonic speaking to you and Albert today
     
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  10. Bond

    Bond TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Highland
    On the third tread, Brooke bond I presume.
     
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  11. Albert

    Albert Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Gateshead NE8, UK
    Nescafe :), I am surprised that there isnt a cup in every pic i take
     
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  12. Bond

    Bond TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
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    Brooke bond for me, best drink of the day. (Well some days anyway).;)
     
  13. 3_fall

    3_fall Administrator. Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    SW London
    Likewise Phil, always a pleasure mate.
     
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  14. clack

    clack New to TilersForums.co.uk

    Location:
    south coast
    Hi guys. Thanks for your advice. Just looked up the price for BAL Fastflex and it's about 9 million Pounds so looks like I'm going to go with either grab adhesive or silicon. Any preference over which one to choose? I think flexible grout may also be a good idea - which are good brands to look for and I assume I can get it in black? I have a Toolstation, Screwfix and the dreaded B&Poo near me.

    Thanks again!
     
  15. Bond

    Bond TilersForums.co.uk Addict

    Location:
    Highland
    I would go with the silicone, more flexible. general purpose clear would be fine. Flexible grout lots to choose from, you could also add some silver glitter, for a bit of bling.
     
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