Tile mastic is the ideal tile adhesive for setting Ceramic wall tile. It's a smooth and creamy premixed tile adhesive that's easy to use. It instantly grips your Ceramic wall tile and holds it in place, with no sagging.
Tile Mastic is an organic tile adhesive, made from a sticky resin that comes from the mastic tree. It contains either a latex or petroleum base and a carrier that evaporates and leaves a bonding agent stuck to the tile.
But if Mastic is ever submerged in water, it loses the strength of it’s adhesive.
Which brings us to using Mastic tile adhesive in moist areas, Because of the obvious reasons stated above, Never use Mastic in areas that will be regularly exposed to water.
Mastic is an excellent tile adhesive for setting kitchen wall tiles, kitchen backsplash tiles, and even bathroom wall tile as long as it's the dry areas of the bathroom wall. But for the wet areas better to use Thinset Mortar to install bathroom wall tile to a tub surround or for installing bathroom shower tile.
If you were to use Mastic tile adhesive to install your bathroom shower tile, It would probably work out fine as long as your tiles are properly sealed and the grout never experiences not even the tiniest of a crack. Because this is all, it takes for moisture over time to make it's way to the back of your bathroom shower tile.
You not only risk the chance of the Mastic's adhesive breaking down But also a good chance of mold and mildew silently growing right behind your bathroom shower tile.
Mastic tile adhesive can make for a professional looking wall tile installation, even for first-timers, because it gives you more control over the tiles staying where you place them. it makes for quick and easy work of installing Ceramic kitchen wall tiles, kitchen backsplash tile or bathroom wall tile.
You simply spread the creamy paste onto the wall, Press in your tiles, install your spacers and your good to go! The tiles stay where you put them, and there's no sagging of the tiles and as an added benefit Mastic cures quickly.
On the other hand, Thinset Mortar tile adhesive cures very slow. But at the same time, it provides a durable, water resistant barrier between the tiles and the tile underlayment. And this is why Thinset mortar is a better choice for not only floor tiles and countertop tiles, but also bathroom wall tiles applied to a tub surround, bathroom shower tile. And installing Natural Stone wall tile.
Even though Mastic tile adhesive does an excellent job of installing Ceramic Wall tile, it should never be used as a tile adhesive for setting Natural Stone tiles. There are chemicals found in Mastic that will cause Stone tiles to Bleed right through tiles.
There are many all-purpose tile adhesives made from latex, And in many cases, they'll work just fine for your floor tile installation.
However, many types of non-mortared tile will require a different Mastic for different installations.
An example of this would be, If you were to install Vinyl floor tile to a basement floor, you would not use the same Mastic if you installed the same tiles on Plywood.
Another example is with Carpet Tile. It can be set with either a permanent Mastic adhesive or with a release Mastic, which allows you to remove any damaged tiles.
Mastic For Cork floor tiles are fortified specifically for its natural characteristics, While a Parquet Floor tile installation will last longer with a rubber base or a similar tile adhesive that allows the wood fibers to expand and contract.
So when shopping for a Mastic tile adhesive, it's always best to find out from your tile supplier exactly what Mastic will work best with your type of tile.