Tile a wall yourself


A wall can be tiled relatively easy. When a high-performance putty is properly mixed and applied, the work is similar to sticking. Some proven tricks provide for precise adhesive patterns. Borders, mosaics and very small tiles can already be mounted on nets.

Prepare wall

Any reasonably "healthy" wall can be tiled easily. As with other wall coverings, sometimes some preparatory steps are required. Uneven or heavily absorbent substrates must be primed. Cracks and holes should be filled, with minor damage being filled by the putty.

Ceramic single tiles and wall panels in rectangular shapes can be easily aligned individually. Borders, mosaics and patterns of small items are available on nets.

How to tile your wall

  • tiling
  • primer
  • putty
  • grout
  • silicone
  • painting tool
  • spatula trowel
  • notched trowel
  • rubber joints
  • spirit level
  • silicone cartridge
  • Tile cutter and pliers
  • tile crosses

1. Purchase material

Obtain the required number of tiles plus a reserve of at least ten percent. According to demand in square meters for the plane and in running meters for the joints, buy grout, primer and silicon.

2. Prime the wall

According to the condition, prime wall according to manufacturer's specification.

3. Apply tile adhesive

Apply the tile adhesive mixed according to the manufacturer's instructions to an area that you can handle during the pot life. As a guideline is one square meter in half an hour. For top-limited tiles, start with the top horizontal end row. Pay attention to a lower edge height that can be divided by the single tile height.

4. Tiles

Glue starting in the middle and using a tile cross on each tile corner. If you measure accordingly, you can limit blanks to one side of the surface. After the finished top row, place a vertical tile row. Fill in the areas on the right and left of this row. Cut the final row.

5. Grouting

Grout you can spread after mixing according to the manufacturer on the joints and press in with a rubber joint. Wipe the tile surfaces damp.

6. sealing

End and corner joints fill with silicone from the cartridge.

Tips & Tricks

Lay the tiles completely on the floor before tiling and, if necessary, rearrange decors. For monochrome structureless tiles, you may be able to sort out faulty tiles in this way.

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