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RECOMMENDED INSTALLATION

This document contains only guidelines for the installation process. A professional installer should always be consulted to discuss the specific parameters surrounding your project.

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This collection is designed for almost any commercial and residential interior application, including walls, ceilings, backsplashes and more. Marquis glass mosaic tiles are not recommended for areas that may be subject to heavy impact, heavy abrasion, most exterior applications, areas where temperatures can exceed 130 degrees Fahrenheit. This product is also unsuitable for any wet applications, including fountains, pools and showers.

SUBSTRATES
All substrates should be firmly fixed, flat, clean, dry and free of contaminants such as dust, oil, paint, sealers etc. to ensure proper adhesion. Painted surfaces must be scuffed or sanded for the product and adhesive to bond correctly. Wet areas need special attention and require appropriate substrates, e.g. concrete, cement boards (compressed sheet), and/or treated plywood. The use of reinforced waterproof membranes is suggested.

WATERPROOF MEMBRANES
Waterproof membranes prevent leakage of water through to the sub-floor framing and/or habitable spaces below. Particular attention must be paid to: carrying the membrane up the wall, outside shower boxes, installation of bond breakers, and sealing around penetrations. It is strongly recommended that membrane systems be used in all wet areas. Some systems may involve the use of a primer.

CURVED SURFACES
Marquis glass mosaic tiles can be installed around gently curved surfaces. Some manipulation of the tiles may be required in order to create uniformity between each sheet.

CUTTING
If you need to cut the individual glass piece, it’s best to do it by hand using a glass cutter and a straight-edged ruler. Simply score the face of the glass, flip over and snap. If you must use a wet saw, use a good quality diamond blade ( glass blades have smaller diamonds than ceramic and a continuous rim) such as DeWalt DW4762 or MK215GL or Makita 724-950-8V.

IMPORTANT: You are working with glass. Tiles may have sharp edges and precautions should be taken when handling and installing tiles. Be sure to wear proper eye protection and gloves.

 

 

ADHESIVE

Follow the adhesive manufacturer’s instructions carefully. We do not recommend one brand of adhesive over another. Please check with your local tile supply store for alternative and comparable products.

The manufacturer's literature will explain if the adhesive product is suitable for interiors and/or exteriors, as well as walls and floors. Most thinset mortars with a latex additive (multi purpose and polymer modified thinsets) are adequate for installing mirror pebbles. A cement-based adhesive is generally suitable on masonry substrates where no movement is anticipated.

Apply thin layer of white ceramic tile adhesive or thinset to wall using 3/16” V-notch trowel. Please note - if the tiles you are installing are transparent, it is necessary to use flat side of trowel to smooth notches into consistent setting bed with no trowel marks. This step is important to avoid seeing trowel marks through glass tiles. Firmly press tiles in place. Rub the front of each sheet to make sure all individual tiles lay flat and are firmly embedded in the adhesive. Wait for adhesive to dry fully, usually 24 hours, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation.

GROUTING
Grout should be suitable for joints up to 3/4" in width and designed for external or internal conditions whichever may be the case. Sanded grout is generally recommended for any grout joint larger than 1/8”. Grouts are ordinarily a water mix but where some flexibility may be needed, a latex additive or similar product should be used. It is important to wait the interval recommended by the adhesive manufacturer before grouting to minimize dirt ingress between the mirror pebbles and avoid the opportunity for dislodging.

A sanded grout if applied harshly can scratch certain tiles; carefully float in the grout to avoid abrasion.

SEALANTS
Marquis glass mosaic tiles do not have to be sealed but we strongly recommend sealing the grout after installation to help prevent it from absorbing stains.

CARE & CLEANING
Marquis glass mosaic tiles must be regularly cleaned and maintained to extend the life and beauty of the tile. The tile can be cleaned with a neutral mild detergent, or glass cleaner. Any spills should be cleaned quickly to lessen the degree of the stain to the grout. Do not use abrasive cleaners, powders, scouring pads, steel wool or sandpaper.

 

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