ADHESIVE SELECTION GUIDE

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TILE TYPE

TAL RECOMMENDED ADHESIVE*


Glazed Ceramic Wall Tiles

Tile Characteristics:
Biscuit body, glazed
     

    

             TAL Flex  or TAL Professional


Glazed Ceramic Floor Tiles

Tile Characteristics:
Biscuit body, glazed

   

  

                        TAL Professional


Clay / Terracota Tiles 

Tile Characteristics:
Biscuit body, unglazed


   

 

                        TAL Professional


Extruded /  Split Tiles  

Tile Characteristics:
Semi-vitrified / Vitrified, 
glazed or unglazed


   

      Tal Goldstar 18

            TAL Goldstar 6 or TAL Goldstar 12 or Tal Goldstar 18


Concrete Tiles 

Tile Characteristics:
Dense body, unglazed


   

      Tal Goldstar 18

               TAL Goldstar 6 or TAL Goldstar 12 or Tal Goldstar 18


Porcelain Tiles

Tile Characteristics:
Fully vitrified, low porosity


   

    Tal Goldstar 18

             TAL Goldstar 6, TAL Goldstar 12
                        or TAL Porcelainfix or TAL Goldstar 18 

 

Dark Coloured Marble & Granite Tiles 

Tile Characteristics:
Porous body, unglazed

 


   

      Tal Goldstar 18

             TAL Goldstar 6 or TAL Goldstar 12 or TAL Goldstar 18


White or Light-Coloured Marble /
Travertine Tiles

Tile Characteristics:
Porous, unglazed


     

        

                             TAL Marblefix


Dark Coloured Natural Stone eg.
Sandstone, Slate 

Tile Characteristics:
Natural products with variances
in composition, density, porosity


   

     

                         TAL Goldstar 6 

Large Format Floor Tiles 

Tile Characteristics:
Facial area greater than 350cm2, or a tile
with the length of at least one edge greater
than 600mm


   

   

                         TAL Goldstar XL


Fusion-Type Glass Tiles & Mosaics

Tile Characteristics:
Very dense body with
reflective characteristics


   

     

             TAL Marblefix + TAL Bond
              or TAL Marbleflex TAL Bond


Resin-Backed Glass Tiles & Mosaics

Tile Characteristics:
Very dense body with
reflective characteristics


   

      

            TAL Fine Epoxy Mortar & Grout


Resin Bonded Listellos

Tile Characteristics:
“Dust” bonded with epoxy resins


   

      

             TAL Fine Epoxy Mortar & Grout


Terrazzo Tiles

Tile Characteristics:
Dense body, unglazed


 

      Tal Goldstar 18

             TAL Goldstar 6 or TAL Goldstar 12 or TAL Goldstar 18

 

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* Adhesive selection also depends on background to be tiled onto and service conditions. Above recommendation is for tiling onto interior rendered walls and screeded surface beds.

NOTE:

TAL BOND must replace the water in the adhesive and grout mix when tiling suspended applications, exterior/exposed applications,   “wet” areas, heavy traffic areas, and areas where
   building movement or thermal expansion and contraction is expected.
• It is important that the tile selected is suitable for suitable for the application, preferebly against a written Supplier’s specification. Factor such as  water absorption, irreversible
  moisture expansion, MOR and PEI ratings, chemical resistance and overall stability of the product need to meet the requirements of the service conditions.

The backs of all tiles must be clean and free from dust and contaminants.
Friable or powdery products (such as natural stone) must be primed with a coat of TAL KEYCOAT Slurry prior to the tiles being fixed. (This coat must still be TACKY when the tiles are bedded into the adhesive.) 

Natural stone products must also be tested for inherent delamination prior to fixing.
• All “wet” areas, such as showers or balconies, should be waterproofed using TAL SUPERFLEX or TAL SUREPROOF waterproofing compounds prior to commencing tiling.

 

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