Best adhesive to glue metal to no gloss tile.

10 May 2009
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United Kingdom
My situation is this:
I have a toilet roll holder that I wish to secure to a tiled wall and I’m trying to avoid drilling the tiles.

The toilet roll holder comes in 2 parts, the arm itself and a conceal fitting bracket. Normally the bracket attaches to the wall with 2 screws but instead I was hoping to glue it in place.

The bracket is metal and has a good flat surface area of approx 2cm square that makes contact with the wall, so plenty of space to apply the glue.

The tiles are ceramic ones from B&Q called Sicily and they have an awkward finish. Rather then a glossy finish they have a matt that seems to be kind of porous and always feels dusty even when they’re clean.

Anyway I also tried suction cup fittings but they don’t stick to them either and I recently tried 2 part epoxy which didn’t hold.

However the epoxy didn’t stick to the metal bracket either which made me suspect I hadn’t mixed it well or it was just very poor quality. It was literally possible to wipe it off like hard chewing gum.

Should I try to glue the metal bracket to the tile again with better 2 part epoxy? Or is there a better adhesive I should be using, or some kind of preparation I should perform on the tile first in order to help it take.

Any help is appreciated thanks.
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plug an screws or a free standing bog holder..
my mate tried doing similar a while more nails.and a few other things,spent a fortune but kids kept pulling it off the wall lol
ended up with a free standing one. :LOL:

somebody might be along with better advise mate
best of :D
Thank you both, not the news I wanted to hear but I appreciate the help.

Looks like I will have to borrow my dad's tile bit :(
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they are ceramic tiles mate, no need for a tile bit, a simple masonary bit will do the job.
you could actually drill into the grout lines with a narrow bit, you would only catch the edges of the tile and small screws, then if you ever have to move the toilet roll holder,its just a case of a bit of grout.

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