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Hi,

I'm looking for a bit of advice to help me salvage a DIY glass mosaic tile installation. I've done a bit of standard format wall and floor tiling in the past and always achieved a fairly decent enough finish to be satisfied with it so I have braved a glass mosaic in our new kitchen extension.

Quite frankly it was a mistake and I didn't have the experience to take on the job, can't be learning on the job with something like this.

The glass mosaic is circa 3-4mm thick held together on clear self adhesive sheets on the external face that are removed after the adhesive has set. Problem is I've used the wrong size notched trail and the adhesive has entered the grout tracks. Couldn't clear it as the installation progressed because of the clear adhesive sheet. I thought I'd be able to remove the clear adhesive sheet after a few hours whilst the adhesive was still soft enough to rake out. This wasn't possible because it pulled the mosaic off the wall so I had to leave it!!! Now it's set hard obviously and going to be a mission to remove.

I have used the correct adhesive Mapei adesilex P10 in brilliant white.

Do you reckon I'd be ok to use this product to grout with or not? Appreciate it's not it's intended use but i'd be interested to hear a few opinions on this as it would salvage the job.

Thanks in advance
 
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Apologies photos attached to show the problem. Question is still the same though. What is the general opinion about using the Mapei adesilex P10 adhesive to grout with? Other than it not providing as smooth a finish as grout is there any other technical reason why this would be a no go?

Thanks for the replies.

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Tom Astley

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I think that a pro tiler could grout that and it would look excellent......... A DIY 'er will probably make a town halls of it.
 

Albert

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Apologies photos attached to show the problem. Question is still the same though. What is the general opinion about using the Mapei adesilex P10 adhesive to grout with? Other than it not providing as smooth a finish as grout is there any other technical reason why this would be a no go?

Thanks for the replies.

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It should grout. Try grouting a small section and see what you think.
 
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It was onto a painted surface but the white stuff is adhesive not paint. Complete pig to get off stuck like sh** to a blanket! So much so it was splitting the glass! Won't be doing that again.
 

impish

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It was onto a painted surface but the white stuff is adhesive not paint. Complete pig to get off stuck like sh** to a blanket! So much so it was splitting the glass! Won't be doing that again.
Appearances can be deceptive then! My bad!
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You could get away with using BAL Whitestar and a mosaic trowel.
Much easier!
 
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Notched trail for the adhesive is where it all went wrong. Not enough research done....... Luckily tiles were very cheap end of line. If I'd have paid the RRP I'd be extremely gutted.

Think I'd be ok if I tried again with the correct tools but can't warrant the cost of the glass!
 

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