How to Use Liquid Nails on Tile

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Things You'll Need

  • Surface cleaner (optional)

  • Paper towels (optional)

  • Tile

  • Rubber gloves

  • Liquid Nails Clear Small Projects Silicone Adhesive

Tiles can be glued in place with Liquid Nails.

Liquid Nails manufactures many kinds of adhesive, including one designed to be used on tile. Tiles cannot be nailed, screwed or stapled in place because the surface must remain unbroken, so adhesive is the only way to attach tiles. Using Liquid Nails to mount tile is not difficult, but it can be time consuming because the adhesive on each tile needs time to vent. Set aside plenty of time to tile a bathroom or kitchen.


Step 1

Ensure that the back of each tile and the surface that you are gluing the tiles to are clean and dry. If not, clean with a surface cleaner and paper towels.

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Step 2

Put on a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands.


Step 3

Screw the tip onto a tube of Liquid Nails Clear Small Projects Silicone Adhesive.

Step 4

Apply a bead of adhesive around the back edge of the first tile.

Step 5

Press the tile in place against the wall or floor, sliding it back and forth slightly to spread the adhesive.


Step 6

Clean off any adhesive that oozes out with a rag dampened with mineral spirits.

Step 7

Pull the tile off and let the adhesive vent for two or three minutes.

Step 8

Press the tile back against the surface.


Step 9

Repeat this process for each tile.

Step 10

Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 to 48 hours, depending on the relative heat and humidity in your area.



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