Can anybody suggest what adhesive I should use to attach travertine
tiles to a plywood bath panel? I tried using regular unibond tile
adhesive and although it stuck very well to the panels, it did not
stick to the tiles at all.
ISTR Wickes sell some special Stone Tile adhesive (powdered) abt £17 a
bag I think.
Whether it's the best thing for attaching to plywood would be the next
question - should stick well to travertine tho and it's white so
should not 'show through' like grey can....
here it is and 'only' £14 a bag
no explicit usage guidance apparent tho......
As an aside, are you going to treat the other side of the plywood to prevent
warping? Blockboard might be a better base.
After being laughed at by some idiot of a tiler who insisted that one
could not fix travertine tiles to plywood I did it myself using Aredex
D30, recommended by a local tile supplier. It worked well and the tiles
are still there after 10 years or so.
This stuff is expensive, but it works:
You'll want the 'flex' version as the expansion rate of tile and ply
I would expect anything designed for underfloor heating and limestone
would also work.
On 2008-02-26 11:10:20 +0000, " email@example.com"
Yes. Talk to the technical department at Ardex.
I needed to bond some limestone tiles to a ply panel recently and there
are several issues to address:
- The panel must be absolutely rigid and braced
- A pale or white adhesive is needed
I used a two part epoxy bonding agent as a primer on the ply first.
This leaves a surface that remains tacky for several days and
deliberately so. Ardex manufacture this plus a complementary
adhesive that works for this scenario as well as being usable for the
rest of the room.
Presumably the travertine cost some amount of money. Ardex products
are not the cheapest, but they are in professional use and they do do
what is claimed. I think that it's worth the investment rather than
risking the whole project on cheap adhesives from DIY stores.
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