LATAPOXY® 300 Adhesive or equivalent:
Apply the adhesive to the wall with scraping motion, using the flat side of a 3/16” x 5/32” v-notch trowel. Ensure good adhesive contact with the substrate. Use the notched side of the trowel to apply the adhesive to the substrate in one direction. Firmly press the Slimline panels into the fresh adhesive using the flat side of a clean steel trowel or grout float to ensure the Slimline panels are fully embedded in the epoxy. Do not apply more epoxy than can be covered while it is still wet and tacky. Periodically, lift and check tiles to verify that full adhesive coverage is being achieved. Allow the installation to remain undisturbed for a minimum of 24 hours at 70 degrees Fahrenheit / 21 degrees Celsius. Excess epoxy must be cleaned from all surfaces with a clean, wet cloth or sponge, while it is still fresh.
Laticrete 254 Platinum Thinset or equivalent:
Use a ¼” notched trowel to ensure proper bedding of the Slimline panels. Work the thinset into the substrate and comb with notched side of trowel. Firmly press the Slimline panels into the fresh thinset using the flat side of a clean steel trowel or grout float to ensure the Slimline panels are fully embedded in the thinSet. Spread only as much thinset as can be covered while the mortar surface is still wet and tacky. Allow installation to set until firm. Clean thinset from the Slimline panels.
It is very easy to sand the edge of the Slimline panels. Using a fine grit sandpaper and a sanding block, sand the edge paper thin. This will only take a few swipes. A router set at a 45 degree angle could also be used. Set the corner panels together using the adhesive, epoxy or thinset that was used to set all the panels. Tape the corners for 24 hours and then remove the tape. This results in an attractive corner with a minimal seam line visible.
EDGES AND END PANELS
When the installation is complete, we recommend applying a bead of exterior, waterproof polyurethane caulk along the edge of all end panels that butt up to another surface, such as soffit’s and around windows. This will assure water tight panels. Use a clear or colored caulk. It is best to leave a 1/16” gap between the last Slimline panels that are installed and the adjacent surface. This will allow for deflection of the wall due to wind and weather.
COLD WEATHER NOTE
The curing of installation materials is retarded by low temperatures and finished work should be protected for an extended period of time. Typically, for every 18 degrees Fahrenheit below 70 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius below 21 degrees Celsius), installation materials take twice as long to cure. Heavy Water Exposure Applications (Waterfalls, etc) Must use an Epoxy adhesive for installation ONLY. Sealers and maintenance: All stone and tile products, even porcelain tile, benefits from sealing. There is a broad range of elements that can penetrate or hold to the surface. Sealers can be water-based or solvent-based. Most water-based sealers cannot be used outside. Many products on the market have been designed to beautify and “protect” the surfaces of stone, tile and grout, including sealers, finishes, color enhancers and waxes. As the name implies, sealers actually seal the surface tight against chemicals, water and other contaminants. There are many manufacturers of topical, penetrating and color enhancing sealers. Just find the sealer that reflects your installation (Backsplash, floor, fireplace, etc.) and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.