Hi, something of a connundrum,
I fitted about 30 of these pricey glass tiles (B&Q tile gallery, supplied by
Ceramic Prints ltd) as a decorative strip in a bathroom job.
They are a sheet of glass with a sort of paint backing to give the colour,
about 4mm thick overall.
The tiles needed to be brought forward to match the thicker surrounding
tiles so I set them on blobs of neutral curing silicone. When the cartridge
ran out I changed to an acetoxy silicone. Big mistake, three weeks later all
these failed, the paint layer peeling off as viewed through the tile. Even
previously unaffected corner tiles were ruined by contact with the silicone
Much acrimonious discussion with B&Q, eventually they told me to get lost
because 'I had not complied with the manufacturer's recommendations'.
Pointing out that they did not make any recommendations got me nowhere, they
knew full well that it was not economic to sue them, bastards.
Anyway I bit the bullet and pulled the tiles off, resetting them on a thick
bed of Granfix Radidset, a cement based product and as unsilicony as I could
Blow me, a month on and all these have failed, even worse than before.
So now I 'm really fed up and ring the manufacturer (no phone number on the
packaging, quite hard to find) and ask them for their 'recommendations'. A
very polite but obviously young and non-technical office girl read me an
internal report saying the product had been tested with two sorts of
adhesive and was ok, and that cement based adhesives would 'probably' be
The stuff they had tested was that air drying B&Q Value stuff which I think
will take ages to dry at the thickness I need.
When I do the job for the third time what do you think is a safe bet?
Neutral curing silicone? Can't get more of the original as it was a boot
fair buy of unknown type.
By the way, don't buy this product, and don't ever expect B&Q to behave
decently when they have the upper hand