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How to mix and apply tile adhesive

How to mix and apply tile adhesive

Here, we show you how you can mix and apply your own wall tile adhesive.

Before you start mixing, ensure your surfaces are ready for tiling.

You can find more information on this in our wall priming guide.

The manufacturer's instructions on the packaging will detail which types of tile it can be used with, as well as how much water you need to use when mixing.

Always pour the water into your bucket first to avoid unmixed powder.

Wear protective gloves, eyewear and a face mask, as the cement-based powder can cause irritation.

A mixing paddle is essential for this next step. You can find one at most good DIY stores.

Stir the adhesive, making sure to reach into the sides and base of the bucket.

Keep mixing until you have a smooth consistency, with no more powder or lumps.

You’re now ready to apply the adhesive to your walls.

Adhesive can set quickly so when spreading onto the wall, stick to a small area to begin with. This way you won’t waste too much of your mixture.

Use a notched trowel to create channels, as these create a texture with more grip.

Push your tile into the adhesive and give it a slight twist. This will bed it securely onto the wall and reduce the air that can sit between the tile and wall surface.

Repeat this with the next tile, using spacers to separate the tiles as you go.

Once you have tiled your wall and allowed the adhesive to set, it’s time for grouting.

To find out more about this subject, read our comprehensive guide to mixing & applying tile adhesive & work out how much you need.

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