Back splash tile on formica

Discussion in 'Ceramic & Stone Sales and Installations' started by Daris Mulkin, Mar 25, 2013.

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  1. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    If the powers to be want to include this in the other back splash thread be my guest.
    Anyway I have Formica back splashes from counter-top to cupboards. Wife wants new tops of stone or similar. I was thinking of tile for back splash. Would I have to remove the Formica or can I adhere the tile[glass?] to the Formica. Under Formica it is plastered wall. I did the Formica about 15 years ago. Nothing is written in stone yet.

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    Daris
     
  2. Taurus Flooring

    Taurus Flooring Over 30yrs Experience

    Yep, Formica got to go Joe! The glue will have to also.
     
  3. Floored by Newman

    Floored by Newman Floored by Newman

    But if you were to secure the formica and prime, why not mastic? :hmmm:
     
  4. Kman

    Kman Tile Expert I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    Best way would be to cut out that part of the wallboard and replace it with new sheetrock to make for a nice, flat surface for your new tile.
     
  5. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    plaster board is thicker that most drywall and it is not even in thickness. That would leave me with a lip from the top cupboards.
    Can the finish be scratched up for a bond of mastic of some type?

    :old:

    Daris
     
  6. Kman

    Kman Tile Expert I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    How thick is it? There is 5/8" sheetrock out there.
     
  7. JIII

    JIII Pro Member

    pure silicone will work to stick tile to almost any non pourus surface have done a bunch of 12x12 on face of coolers in gass station. only concern would be the formica letting go from the wall.
     
  8. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Minimum of 5/8 sometimes thigker. Makes it real interesting when having to patch.

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    Daris
     
  9. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Administwative Asst. Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    They say "confession is good for the soul", so here goes.

    Twelve years ago my wife decided she wanted stone on the counter, after pricing I said :ohno: !!

    This was the compromise....and it went over laminate. I used a sander with 16 grit to rough it up, troweled on mastic, let it set for a week so the mastic could dry throught the gaps, then grouted. Not one crack, chip, or bit of grout disintegration.

    What is my punishment for confessing?:(
     

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  10. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Years ago when I did formica counter tops and back splashes we used ceramic glue for the back splash. So why wouldn't it hold tile to formica also? That way we could move it around and not have to be exact. I don't remember if that is what I did on my own or not. Probably not as the upper cabinets weren't in yet when I did them. Just asking?

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    Daris
     
  11. Cude36

    Cude36 Pro Member

    If you want take the easy road remove the cap and cove metal, if there is any, and take a palm sander to the Formica. Mastic will stick to Formica. It's still better to pull the Formica and skim coat the wall with sheet rock mud.
     
  12. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    Actually the backsplash has been done now about 5 or 6 years ago with tile, marble and glass. I got my feet wet and did them myself. The formica that was one the walls when i did them there was no metals of any kind. I scribe fit everything with just a small amount of caulk to seal the corners. Love the tile and couldn't be any happier. Tile was another part of the trade when i started.
    So was Congo wall if anyone remembers that stuff.

    :old:

    Daris
     
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