Tile halfway up bathroom wall

Old 06-02-16, 08:17 AM
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Tile halfway up bathroom wall

I'm looking to tile 4 feet up all four walls of a half bath. Is the existing drywall good enough to tile over or do I need to prep the drywall first? Each tile is 10X20 with 3X13 bull nose on top.
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10 x 20 is an awfully large wall tile, but it is doable. Set your bull nose on a perfectly level line and work down. That is why I would balk at such a large tile. As long as your walls are outside the "wet" area, then the sheetrock will be fine. If it is painted, that is a plus.
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Assuming the walls are painted with enamel I'd scuff them up first with 80 grit sandpaper.
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Up front I'll say that I have never installed 10"X20" tile on a wall. However, if I were to install tile that large I would start at the bottom simply because of the weight. I would think that a tile that large probably weighs at least 5-6 lbs. I would be afraid that it would slip before the mortar set up. I would start from the bottom and use tile spacers instead of eyeballing it.

One of the tile guys probably has the right answer.

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