Step 2: Apply mastic

Apply mastic
Photo by: Shaffer Smith Photography
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• Scoop some tile mastic or thinset out of the bucket with the edge of the V-notched trowel.
• Holding the trowel at a slight angle to its long edge, use a sweeping motion to spread the mastic across the wall, covering only an area large enough for eight tiles.
• Look for any bare spots and fill them in with mastic.
TIP: Check with the tile dealer to make certain you’re using a trowel with the correct-width notches for your mastic.
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    Tools List

    • two-foot level
      2-foot level
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • rubber float
      Rubber grout float
    • tile nippers
      Tile nippers
    • 3/16-inch v-notched trowel
      3/16-inch V-notched trowel
    • caulk gun
      Caulking gun with tub-and-tile caulk
    • bucket with sponge
      Bucket and sponge
    • tile cutter
      Score-and-snap tile cutter
    • wet saw
      Optional: Motorized wetsaw,
      rents for about $45 to $70 a day, plus blade rental, is invaluable for notches and other complex cuts

    Shopping List

    1. DECORATIVE TILE

    2. LISTELLO TILE

    border



    3. CERAMIC FIELD TILE

    4. BULLNOSE TILE

    5. UNSANDED TILE GROUT

    6. ACYLIC TILE MASTIC

    1 gallon for every 50 to 60 square feet



    7. CLEAN CLOTH

    8. 80-GRIT SANDPAPER

    9. CANVAS DROP CLOTHS

    to protect floor and countertop