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Discuss What to use to tile onto plywood? in the Tiling Forum area at TilersForums.co.uk.

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  1. WDavison

    WDavison Active Member

    Location:
    Preston
    Just stripped out a tiled shower cubicle, the tiles were put onto plywood, and had an ok bond. Ive overboarded with Multipanel now but theres a half foot gap at the top that wants tiling with some porcelain tiles.

    I cant really replace it with cement board for various reasons.

    I have Primer G and Keraflex s1 already for the plastered walls as only seem to be able to get Mapei stuff around here.

    What can I use to securely stick these tiles?

    Cheers
     
  2. WDavison

    WDavison Active Member

    Location:
    Preston
    Its Keraquick s1 not Keraflex s1 that I have already, my mistake.
     
  3. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Preston, Lancs
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  4. WDavison

    WDavison Active Member

    Location:
    Preston
    Yes I know its not ideal but I have no choice. Theres no other way. So need to figure out what people use to do it well.

    The cubicle I had just ripped out was tiled by someone onto plywood over 15 years ago, and they wernt that easy to chisel off. Literally had to get the sds out in some places.
     
  5. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Preston, Lancs
    Your problem will be that 15 years ago, plywood was generally good with a decent thick top layer of hardwood.
    Nowadays it is so dodgy that it's just not worth the risk.
    Personally, I would never tile direct to plywood in any circumstances.
     
  6. RayTheTiler

    RayTheTiler Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Bedale
    the only ply that you could possibly tile on to is sp101 flooring grade ply used in the LVT industry
     
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  7. WDavison

    WDavison Active Member

    Location:
    Preston
    ive replaced what I can with Hardiebacker but theres still a 2m by 15cm strip to tile. This cant be replaced.

    Anyone used Mapei Eco Prim Grip or Primer S on plywood?

    I really need a way to make them stick with the best chance possible.
     
  8. WDavison

    WDavison Active Member

    Location:
    Preston
    its the same 15 yr old ply Im tiling on to. Just a small section of it.
     
  9. WDavison

    WDavison Active Member

    Location:
    Preston
    Got the plywood area down to 10 x 200cm.

    latex plus + keraquick

    plus

    Bal sbr if I can find it where I am, if not is there a similar primer to look out for?
     
  10. Brian the Tile

    Brian the Tile Professional Tiler

    Location:
    north wales
    If you are tiling onto ply nip into topps tiles and get some fibre plus adhesive they won't come up
     
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  11. Perfect Tiling

    Perfect Tiling Active Member

    Location:
    Elgin. NE Scotland
    Just a thought.......if your'e tiling in a shower cubicle why dont you tank the whole area first with a waterproof coating such as Ardex. I always tank shower areas with Ardex or Mapie aquadefence. These stick to absolutely anything and surely this will mean that your'e not actually tiling onto the plywood. Its always a good practice to waterproof shower areas anyway......
     
  12. Waluigi

    Waluigi Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    UK
    Too risky with ply nowadays. Just not worth it.

    Think of the cost to replace if it fails vs the cost to do the correct prep initially. Ripping up and replacing after installation is a whole world more money.
     
  13. Protiler 68

    Protiler 68 Professional Tiler

    Location:
    South east/kent
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