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How to fix a mirror splashback onto tiles help please

Discussion in 'Tiling' started by Invicta, 9 Apr 2015.

  1. Invicta

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    I want to put a mirrored splashback on the tiled wall above the hob in the kitchen.

    The space is 60cm wide x 80cm tall.

    I have had two prices from a local glass merchant.
    Cost for mirror splash back in 6mm mirror par
    supply only £64.20
    Alternative price in 6mm toughened back painted par
    £126.50 supply only

    Which option is best to go with as it seems to be a big jump in cost for painting the back of the mirror?

    If possible I don't want to have holes/screws/screw caps on the splashback so how do people fix these to tiles?
    Or do I need to take the tiles off?
    (I hope not as the space is surrounded by wall units/extractor unit).

    And what is "par"?

    Thanks for looking,
    Bern
     
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    One piece splash backs are often "glued" to the above the worktop wall - they are also supported, in effect, by sitting on the work top.
    However, rarely would they be glued to a tile backing.

    Use a tube of quality/expensive construction adhesive, and leave a base gap for silicone.
     
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  3. Invicta

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    Thanks Ree,

    I did wonder if best practise was to fix the splashback to the wall then tile around it. But as the kitchen was built before we moved in I'm having to work with what I have.

    Here's my thoughts.
    I'll take some of the inner tiles out and build up the resulting hole with filler then use the construction adhesive.

    I'll also add a small length of beading with a small lip along the top edge where it cant be seen to help the splashback stay in place.

    Bern
     
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    No need for all that just go ahead and glue the s/back to the in-place tiles (but only if they are firmly fixed).
    Wait and see if the s/back remains stable and in-place?
     
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  5. Invicta

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    Thanks Squeakey,

    The link is much appreciated.

    Bern
     
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    word of warning some sealants / adhesives react with mirrors ask the mirror supplier for mirror adhesive then you know it will be fine
     
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    Chippy5,
    Thanks for the warning,
    Bern
     
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    PAR means Polished All Round.

    The price difference is likely that one is toughened glass & the other (cheaper) isn't.

    Toughening usually has a cost per piece element which can make small pieces expensive.
     
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    PAR - Thank you for this.

    I tried a piece of mirror acrylic to test the effect.
    Because acrylic is so flexible it took a while to stop laughing as it was like being in a "hall of mirrors". Our kitchen either looked like a cavern or a matchbox.

    Bern
     
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