Bisazza is a beautiful mosaic tile that has a variety of applications. It looks great on walls, floors and anywhere else you may wish to install it. As with all tile, the installation is the key to a satisfactory appearance. Careful preparation of the wall or floor surface can ensure proper installation. Make sure the surface is clean, smooth and solid before beginning installation. The Bisazza comes in two-box kits, with all the necessary tools needed to install it. The critical ingredient not furnished is experience.
Things You'll Need
- Bisazza mixing kit
- Mixing paddle
- Mixing bucket
- Straight edge
- Notched trowel
- Bisazza float
- Utility knife
Mix the Bisazza Start and Up materials to create the initial skim coat. Refer to the exact mixing instructions on the containers and the size of the job to mix correctly. Use a plain trowel and spread on the skim coat evenly and smoothly. Let the material dry for 12 hours before continuing.
Check the skim coat surface to make sure it is totally dry. Lay out three of the mosaic sheets on the floor, leaving the same gap between the sheets as the gap between the single tesserae, or small squares of stone. Measure the width of this three-piece layout and transfer it to the surface to be tiled. Take the vertical and horizontal measurements and use a straight edge and marker to draw out the placement grid on the surface.
Mix the Bisazza setting material to create the foundation for the first nine tile squares. Use the smooth side of a notched trowel to apply the first heavy coat as your base. Use the notched side to apply a second coat. Use the teeth of the notched side to comb in a smooth, consistent ribbed mounting surface for the tile.
Install the first tile at the premarked position on the surface. Lay it on one edge, mesh side down, and gently roll into place while holding the other edge up off the setting material, then push the final edge firmly into the base material. Repeat this process until all squares are in place.
Use the Bisazza float to gently tap the tile into the setting material, adjusting any gaps as you go before the setting material begins to harden. Use a utility knife to cut and adjust the tesserae as needed.
Allow 24 hours for it to dry. Remove any excess setting material. Mix the grout and apply to the joints. Use the trowel to add small amounts to the grout float as you work. Work diagonally from bottom up, then down. Make sure all joints are filled. Before the grout hardens, apply the Bisazza shine and clean the entire surface.
- Photo Credit Mosaic wall as backgroud image by TekinT from Fotolia.com bathroom image by Gina Smith from Fotolia.com coloured pens image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.com kacheln image by Ewe Degiampietro from Fotolia.com
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