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Discuss What size T spacers for metro style tiles (10cm x 20cm) in the DIY Tiling Forum area at TilersForums.co.uk.

  1. acaciaguy

    acaciaguy Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    coventry
    When are you starting?
     
  2. Graham

    Graham Active Member

    Location:
    London
    Friday morning :) Trim arrived today, tiles here too, adhesive, primer and tools also here. 6mm notch trowel, got a Rubi one for £4 from Screwfix which I thought wasn't too bad.
     
  3. acaciaguy

    acaciaguy Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    coventry
    Excellent. Any issues just ask
     
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  4. Graham

    Graham Active Member

    Location:
    London
    One more question actually - in terms of the Genesis profile trims I have, do they need to be all around the tiles like a frame? Or do I just do external vertical corners? What's the recommendation / what would a pro tiler do?

    The image in blue is the frames effect, perhaps OTT?
    The image marked in red is just the bottom and vertical external bits only.

    opt1.jpg opt2.jpg
     
  5. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    Horses for courses . Ie it's your choice but no need to do the bottom that should be a silicone joint .
     
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  6. Graham

    Graham Active Member

    Location:
    London
    Well, if a Pro Tiler / Top Contributor says no need to have a profile at the bottom, then that's good enough for me. I guess that means no need to have a profile at the top either, so I will simply use profiles (vertical) on the corners and that's that. :)
     
  7. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Gloucester
    I don't normally trim the top...
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    What thickness trim have you got..?
     
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  8. Graham

    Graham Active Member

    Location:
    London
    Trim is 8mm, the metros (measured with calipers) are around 7.3mm at their thickest part and at the outer edge (the bevelled bit), they are about 4mm.
     
  9. Waluigi

    Waluigi Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Mitre or trim the external vertical corners. Unless you know how to mitre tiles properly then I’d avoid doing this.

    The only question for me would be whether I’d pop a trim on the top horizontal section of the tiles. This depends on the tile choice and the trim choice. A flat trim is usually best.

    This one is chrome trim. Chrome trim on the horizontal on the top of tiles blends in better than you would think. The gap between Trim and wall is finished using decorators caulk.

    Good luck!

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  10. Graham

    Graham Active Member

    Location:
    London
    Waluigi - that looks beautiful mate! :) (As does Andy Allen's...)

    Really useful to see pics like that, thank you for sharing.
     
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  11. acaciaguy

    acaciaguy Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    coventry
    Unless specifically requested I tend not to trim the top edge of the tiles
     
  12. Graham

    Graham Active Member

    Location:
    London
    Morning all, I have some progress pics and some questions.

    First of, I think the finish is ok, but what you see below took me the whole of Sat to do. The tiling wall is reasonably straight too, but it just seems to be taking ages. :(

    I started about 9am. First, Mapei Primer G on the wall, diluted 1:1 (it's old plaster, wall was painted, scraped the paint off, water based paint).

    After several coats of Primer G, and about an hour of dry time, I mixed some Keraflex Maxi up and set about tiling the metros.

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    The image below shows the left corner. I chickened out in the end and used the internal corner trim I bought even though I didn't think I'd need to in the beginning. Because the metro tiles have a bevel around the perimeter, they look a bit weird when cut in half and butted up next to each other.

    My question at this point is what do I fill the gaps below with - trim? This is just below the wall units.

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  13. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    Normally tile . What's the measurement ; do you have pelmets going on
     
  14. Graham

    Graham Active Member

    Location:
    London
    We are talking something around 15 to 20mm in height in that space.
     
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