tiling job

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  1. kex66

    kex66 Read Only Funster

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    Have started tiling the kitchen area in our RV and thought I would share some info.

    I contacted Thor Motor Coach (The RV builder) as I was unsure if the wall covering needed to come off first. No was the answer. The wall covering in most motorhomes is not the same as wallpaper in the home and the adhesive used to attach it is much stronger. The only wall prep I have done is to remove the border paper, sugar soap the wall to remove any grease and lightly score with a Stanley Knife.

    I have used mosaic tiles as they seem more suited to flexible walls and are a lot thinner than standard tiles making them lighter. Also, they do not stick out too far at the edge of the wall and around the thin window casing.

    Normal ceramic tile adhesive is out (Even tile on wood adhesive) so have gone for a flexible grab adhesive (Sikaflex EBT).

    I have used a Dremel tool with a standard cutting disc to cut the tiles with (See photo).

    I have applied the adhesive to the tile rather than the wall as this makes sure each individual tile will have adhesive on it.

    Once the tile sheet is pressed on the wall with the palm of the hand, each individual tile has been pressed in the centre to make sure it in place.

    I removed the extractor (6 screws) but went around the outline first to show where to tile up to.

    I have used a brown tile sheet to match the wood work and a contrasting border to match the appliances (See photo). The border has been made by cutting a large sheet of mosaic into strips of three rows.

    Tiles - Brown - TOPPS Tiles - £2.38 per sheet
    Black/ grey - Wickes - £6.90 per sheet (Only two sheets needed)
    Sikaflex EBT - Screwfix Direct - £7.99 each

    Total cost for the job - £35 approx

    I will take more pictures when the job is grouted and complete
     

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  2. Snowbird

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    I did my Rockwood the same using Sikaflex and never had any problems with it. By the way you have done a good job,it looks well and is much easier to keep clean.
     
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    Just cos I'm idly curious - is there such a thing as flexible grout too?
     
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    in a word NO

    however you can use a flexible sealant like sikaflex or a high quality silicon so it flexes without leaking
     
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    If you mix grout with PVA (the white wood glue) type stuff then it stays in place very well :thumb:Or you could simply use Painter chaulk :thumb:-squirt in wipe off with damp cloth,it also is very good to stick tiles on with :Wink:
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    I'm using a polymer modified grout:

    http://www.screwfix.com/p/mapei-buildfix-flexible-wall-floor-grout-ivory-2-5kg/80426


    Anything that can handle the expansion and contraction of underfloor heating should be OK. Don't use on 90 degree angles such as the join at the wall/ work surface or the internal corner. Use white silicone instead (preferably with an anti mould agent). I'll detail everything when finished and of course you can always PM me and I will attempt to answer any questions.
     

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