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Old 10-18-2011, 07:40 AM   #15
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Mirrors are what I'm wanting to replace. Your right they do brighten up the room, however with their close proximity to the stove they are hard to keep clean and spotless.
That's the reason it's called a backsplash.

Tiffin had a mirrored backsplash as a standard feature, but we asked them NOT to install the mirrors when we ordered our coach. I agree tile of some sort would look better, but we have just the vinyl wallpaper behind our sink and stove, and so far it has held up well for almost 6 years of full-timing.
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Here are some pictures of the process we used. Others have had success using this method of attaching the tiles. Tile Setting Mat by Custom Building Products-SM10R1 at The Home Depot it's a lot less messy and seems to do a good job. One of the folks I know has had it up for over a year with no problems. Another advantage id it't a lot ligher than backerboard.

Mine has been up over two years now with no grout falling out or any loose tiles.

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Here are some pictures of the process we used. Others have had success using this method of attaching the tiles. Tile Setting Mat by Custom Building Products-SM10R1 at The Home Depot it's a lot less messy and seems to do a good job. One of the folks I know has had it up for over a year with no problems. Another advantage id it't a lot ligher than backerboard.

Mine has been up over two years now with no grout falling out or any loose tiles.

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Thanks for posting those! Great job you all did! I love the choice of tile you used. The color is dark enough to be less likely to show dirt (face it, dirt happens) yet light enough to brighten the room. The size is perfect. Not too small to look busy (I hate those tiny tiles that are so popular right now) yet not so big as to look clunky. The pattern is simple, yet elegant. It breaks up what could have been monotonous without looking too busy.

What kind of mastic did you all use to attach the tiles to the mat and the mat to the wall? What kind of grout?
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This is not Dick, but his wife Marilee replying (I'm sneaking in on this post with an aside: If the primary goal is to keep the backsplash area clean and right now it is all mirrors, I discovered this summer that waxing mirrors does an awesome job of making them sparkle and makes them easy to keep clean. I was polishing the wood cabinets with "Behold Furniture Polish" and accidentally oversprayed onto some of the mirrored wall and when I went to wipe it off it left behind this amazingly smooth, clear, streak-free gleam. I have since used it to polish all the mirrors and windows in the RV and the house and am just so JAZZED at how much cleaner and clearer they are, and I enjoy being able to wipe spots off, often with just a dry cloth. Now, I'm still glad to have the tile backsplash because there was just too much mirror in the coach and I like the way the tile looks, but for cleaning the mirrors, try Behold or some similar WAX spray. It doesn't work with any oil-based polish spray, but Behold is really awesome for this purpose - easier to apply than paste wax too because there's no dust residue to deal with... )
To answer your questions about grout and mastic, we went to the Home Depot and got their house brand, pre-mixed quick-set mortar and sanded grout: Nothing very special but they were rated for below-freezing temperatures and have worked out great.
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This is not Dick, but his wife Marilee replying (I'm sneaking in on this post with an aside: If the primary goal is to keep the backsplash area clean and right now it is all mirrors, I discovered this summer that waxing mirrors does an awesome job of making them sparkle and makes them easy to keep clean. I was polishing the wood cabinets with "Behold Furniture Polish" and accidentally oversprayed onto some of the mirrored wall and when I went to wipe it off it left behind this amazingly smooth, clear, streak-free gleam. I have since used it to polish all the mirrors and windows in the RV and the house and am just so JAZZED at how much cleaner and clearer they are, and I enjoy being able to wipe spots off, often with just a dry cloth. Now, I'm still glad to have the tile backsplash because there was just too much mirror in the coach and I like the way the tile looks, but for cleaning the mirrors, try Behold or some similar WAX spray. It doesn't work with any oil-based polish spray, but Behold is really awesome for this purpose - easier to apply than paste wax too because there's no dust residue to deal with... )
To answer your questions about grout and mastic, we went to the Home Depot and got their house brand, pre-mixed quick-set mortar and sanded grout: Nothing very special but they were rated for below-freezing temperatures and have worked out great.
I used to use Glass Wax on glass that was slightly etched or scratched. It did wonders for the glass but cleaning up the dust from the dried haze was a hurt in the donkey. I'll have to get some Behold and give it a shot.

Ok, I took a closer look at the mat you linked and it appears to be just a thin sheet with strips of adhesive on it. The picture on the box shows the mat being already on the wall and the tiles just being pressed to the mat without grout. The pictures of you posted shows the tiles being set in what you said was thinset onto a substrate even thicker than the tile. I'm confused.
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