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Tile on laminate

Posted by JT on December 30th, 1997 01:31 AM
In reply to Tile over Laminate Counter Tops.... by JS on December 8th, 1997 12:11 AM [Go to top of thread]

JS, this one slipped by me. As Bruce says, the tile
job will only be as good as the laminate bond, but
that may be quite good, you'll have to judge. If
you go this way it requires abrading the laminate,
and use of expoxy thin-set (very expensive). Adding
additional substrate material over the laminte is a
good option, but here I have to disagree with Bruce.
Plywood is never a good substrate for tile, and on
a counter where water is prevelent, it is particularly
bad unless you want to cover it with a waterproofing
membrane. Two reasonalbe options are: 1, leave
the laminate as a waterproofing membrane and cover
wiith 1/4" cement bd. or 2, leave or remove the
laminate and cover with 1/4" Dens-shield (which
has an integral waterproofing membrane. In either
of these options latex modified thin-set is fine (much
cheaper than epoxy).

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