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chuckster 09-08-2008 05:46 AM

Ceramic Tile on Counter
 
When I built my oven I included a prep counter and just poured it with concrete dyed terra cotta color. The top surface is fine, but the sides should have been vibrated more during the pour and have voids and holes.

I've been thinking of covering it with ceramic tile. I'm located in North Carolina, so it can get a bit cold and frozen - no roof over it. I've had no problems with the decorative tiles I set in the stucco on teh exterior of the oven.

Any comments about tile on an outside counter? Installation comments (what did you seal it with? mastic or quickset? ETC. )?

Thanks,
Chuckster

Les 09-08-2008 06:58 AM

Re: Ceramic Tile on Counter
 
Chuck,

I was told by a few people to avoid ceramics and even granite, if itís subject to freeze. I went with porcelain and added latex into the thinset. Been through one winter so far with no problems.

Les...

chuckster 09-08-2008 08:42 AM

Re: Ceramic Tile on Counter
 
Les,

What width grout line did you use? Regular grout or the polymer stuff?

Chuck

Les 09-08-2008 09:08 AM

Re: Ceramic Tile on Counter
 
Chuck,

I used 1/8 in. grout. The grout was Mapei Keracolor. They claim it's freeze resistant. I bought it at Lowes.

LesÖ

chuckster 09-08-2008 09:24 AM

Re: Ceramic Tile on Counter
 
Les,

Right, thanks! What a helpful site;)

Chuck

JamesRao 02-01-2009 10:43 PM

Re: Ceramic Tile on Counter
 
I was told to avoid ceramics as itís subject to freeze. I went with Granite Countertops with no problems.

JAG 02-02-2009 09:22 AM

Re: Ceramic Tile on Counter
 
Chuck,
I am preparing to do a concrete prep surface on my oven also. During my research on the subject some had mentioned that if there are voids in the surface to mix a thin mortar of the same color (or contrasting color if you are looking for notable color variation) and trowl it on filling in the voids, then polish. The photos I saw of this process gave the counter a very cool look.

This may be a good option if there is any reserve using tile to cover the concrete.

John

gjbingham 02-02-2009 06:44 PM

Re: Ceramic Tile on Counter
 
Chuck,
As suggested above. Small voids can be filled with a portland cement and tint material. Keep it moist for 3 days. Sand or polish it after 7 -10 days. For bigger voids, add fine sand to the mix. If you're polishing the concrete, you can screen sand with larger gravel in it. Give that a minimum of 10 days before going at it with a wet grinder.

If you find that you missed a spot or two, re-do it a second time. Two times was the most I ever had to do.


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