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Old 11-11-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
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Smart Tiles from Home Depot

Has anyone used the peel and stick Smart Tiles from Home Depot? Supposed to look like ceramic tiles behind counters in kitchens and baths. Just wondering do they really have holding power or are they cheesy looking? Sure would save on adding weight to the rig versus using the real tiles. I went to Home Depot to see them, am told they can only be ordered online.

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Old 11-11-2012, 04:24 PM   #2
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With the movement of the unit I believe they would not adhere well.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:41 PM   #3
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With the movement of the unit I believe they would not adhere well.
Can't you add some extra adhesive? Although if it is just behind the vanity sink and the kitchen counter, that area is pretty small. Would you really save enough weight to make it worth the risk of poor quality - short lifespan?

It would probably not be much more work to put in actual tile. Seems scary but actually fairly easy, and lots of fun! Home Depot has brochures and booklets that tell you exactly how to do it.

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I have been trying to decide between the two tiles also. The thing about doing the real tiles is you have to add a cement backer board for the ceramic tiles and that stuff is very heavy. Also I wonder about the grout used on ceramic tile if it would not crack and fall out with movement of the rv.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:20 PM   #5
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Yes, we installed this product in our kitchen area, above the counter, last winter. It looks great, we've had zero loosen, they are light & easy to cut, shape and install. I heartily recommend this product. I'll see if I can get a picture posted tomorrow. We have a 38RL3 DRV.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:30 PM   #6
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i think it is a great idea, just be sure and clean the wall good toremove grease/oil build up
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:56 PM   #7
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I did the Home Depot Fasade PVC Decorative Wall Tiles. Mine is the Wave style in copper.
PVC - Decorative Wall Tiles - Wall Decor - Decor*at The Home Depot
I only needed two of the 18x24" panels and 3 pieces of trim. I did it over the summer and I used teacher sticky stuff - looks like a pack of gum that you roll up, soften, and stick - but it stopped being effective when cold weather came. Will redo with double-sided tape.
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I have been trying to decide between the two tiles also. The thing about doing the real tiles is you have to add a cement backer board for the ceramic tiles and that stuff is very heavy. Also I wonder about the grout used on ceramic tile if it would not crack and fall out with movement of the rv.
Just wondering why you would need a backer board? We didn't use one and so far so good
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:42 PM   #9
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You could use 1/4 " Hardibacker, not that heavy, mastic not thin set & sanded silicon caulk instead of grout. Then you would have real tile with a little flex to avoid cracking. I used it on my 38' sail boat, no problem. Haven't remodeled moho galley yet.
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Thumbs up Photos of our Smart Tile Installation

Attached, I think, is a photo of the kitchen in our camper. What we liked about the Smart Tiles was that they are flexible, the adhesive is very sticky, they are light, they look a whole heck of a lot better than the original wallboard and there is no chance that the mortar between the tiles will crack during transport. We're very satisfied and would use this product again.
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Attached, I think, is a photo of the kitchen in our camper. What we liked about the Smart Tiles was that they are flexible, the adhesive is very sticky, they are light, they look a whole heck of a lot better than the original wallboard and there is no chance that the mortar between the tiles will crack during transport. We're very satisfied and would use this product again.
Looks Great !! Good job !! I'll keep this in mind for ours....
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It looks great! I've been trying to decide what to replace our border with, and after seeing how good yours looks, I made the plunge and ordered Smart Tiles today. Two questions: Did you do any wall prep before installing them, and did you use extra adhesive or just peel and stick?
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Just wondering why you would need a backer board? We didn't use one and so far so good
I also installed real tile in my kitchen and did not use backer board, 1 year and 4000 miles, they are holding up snug as a bug
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Attached, I think, is a photo of the kitchen in our camper. What we liked about the Smart Tiles was that they are flexible, the adhesive is very sticky, they are light, they look a whole heck of a lot better than the original wallboard and there is no chance that the mortar between the tiles will crack during transport. We're very satisfied and would use this product again.
What did you use to dress up that exposed curved edge?
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