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Glass Mosaic Tile Sheets 12 x 12 Seafoam Green Bathroom Kitchen Backsplash New color: Seafoam Green Pearl
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How to Install Paper-Backed Glass Tile
Glass mosaics are frequently clear and often see-through. Therefore, they cannot be mounted on the mesh used to hold together many other types of mosaic, such as stone or ceramic. Instead, brown craft paper is used to mount the mosaics into sheets. Rather than the paper being on the back of the tiles, like the mesh of other mosaics, it is installed on the front of the tiles. When you hold a sheet of paper-faced glass tiles, you are actually looking at the backs of the tiles, and the part that you will place against the wall.
Lay out the sheets of mosaic either on the area where you want to install them or in an area of equal size and shape if installing on a wall. Examine the sheets of mosaic as you lay them out; the paper should stop just short of the edges of the tiles on the sides of each sheet. This will enable you to see where each sheet ends and gauge how far apart you want to lay the sheets from one another.
Cut the paper between the sheets to trim them down to fit the edges of installations. If you need to cut a row of mosaics to get the sheet to fit, cut the paper to the nearest row, then use glass tile nippers to clip the individual tiles to fit.
Spread a small amount of latex additive thinset mortar onto the area where you will install the tiles. Spread only as much mortar as you can lay sheets of mosaic on in a five minute time frame. After keying the mortar with the grooved edge of the trowel to the correct thickness, smooth out the trowel marks with the flat edge to create a smooth surface. This will help prevent any mortar from seeping up...
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