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Making a backsplash from different thickness tiles

I am using a combination of granite tiles and a mosaic accent of 2x2 ceramic tiles.  The 2x2 tiles are about 1/8" thinner than the granite. How do i build up the ceramic tiles so the surface is even?  I can't find "hardi-board" or cement-board that is thin enough.  Thanks for the help

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Posted 2013-06-07T23:46:13+0000  by Canzanofamily Canzanofamily

Hey Canzanofamily,


Thanks for your question and welcome to the community!


I would first mark or denote where the 2 x 2 'thinner' tiles will be located. Next, use whatever mastic or thin-set adhesive you want for your backsplash and apply a buttered, or thick smooth layer at 1/8" thick. Once this layer has dried, you can apply a second coat of your adhesive, which will now butt-up exactly flush with your granite tiles.


This is an old trick that pro tile installers have used for years, and it works great. Just make sure the 1st buttered smooth coat is dry before applying your tiles, and measure the depth to ensure the tiles will be flush with one another.


I hope this information has assisted you, and let us know if we can be of further assistance.



Posted 2013-06-08T21:24:02+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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