Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 101
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Thermistor Easy to Use
So, a couple of do-it-yourself tile books I have talk about thinset in almost mystical terms as how hard it is to mix, get the consistency right, and have good adhesion.
I poked around the net, and found someone who measured out a 50# bag of versabond, cup by cup. The magic ratio is 11 cups thinset to 4 cups water. I used this ratio, and my very first batch was absolutely perfect. I was laying 16" tiles, so I could put down about 6 tiles (I was using a 1/4 x 3/8 notched trowel) before I had to mix more. The key was that the troweled peaks did not sag, nor were they gritty (too much water, too little, respectively).
I checked adhesion and it was fantastic.
If you follow the mix ratio above, you get slightly less than 1 gallon of thinset. I was able to easily mix this in a plastic pail with an 18V Dewalt. I have also used the pre-mix thinset, but wanted to try the Versabond because it is so much less expensive. I'm glad I did.
The picture below is Montagna Cortina, carried by Home Depot, along with Hardiebacker. Over the past few years, I've completed two baths, a backsplash, and some decorative tiling with this combination.
January 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Greg Tile and thinset tips and tricks
I’ve used this thinset for years on different projects and have had very good success with it. It is easy to mix and spreads well when applying it. I use this thinset for both tile work as well as a jointer for hardie backer. Long term, this thinset holds up quite well and provides an excellent bond. Your tiles will feel stable and secure and won’t break loose over time. I’ve learned a few tricks on the best way to work with this stuff and I hope this helps you on your next tile project.
Get the mix right. What you want is a consistency similar to peanut butter. I use a 5 gallon bucket to mix this in. I’ll pour however much mix into the bucket as I think I’ll need for the work I’m doing over the next hour or so. This is usually about ½ a bucket of thinset mix or less. Use your garden hose to add some water to the mix. Be careful not to add too much. Typically, you want just under 1/3 as much water. Use a paddle mixer and drill to get things going. Don’t spin the drill too fast either, just keep it slow and steady until the water is all mixed in and the thinset mix is nice and smooth. The consistency needs to be such that you can spread it easily on a surface and the troweled ridges will continue to stand up on their own. It still needs to be pliable enough though to maneuver the tile in place. While setting tile, if the thinset mix starts to dry out, you can always add just a bit more water and re-mix it to get it back to the right consistency.
Don’t apply too much thinset at once. Remember that this stuff will start to dry out once you spread it, so don’t apply more that you can work in about 20 minutes.
Twist the tile just ever so slightly when setting it. This will help to get the bond right. I also use a rubber mallet to tap the edges of the tile to ensure I get a good bond. You may also need the mallet to work on getting the corner heights to match up. Remember that setting tile isn’t just the square and making sure the grout lines are straight. You also have to make sure the tile lays flat and the set height is even with the surrounding tiles. I tend to use tile spacers to line up my spacing.
Have a large putty knife handy as well as the trowel. I use a 4” putty knife probably more than the notched trowel itself. This is handy for cleaning up tile edges, “buttering” the backs of tiles (when you get into those corners) and scraping up unused thinset off the floor.
A hammer and cold chisel works well for getting up dried thinset off the floor. Sometimes at the end of a long day, you may forget to clean an area of thinset off the floor at the edge of a tile you just laid. This will dry and in the morning you’ll have to get it up before you can lay more tile there. Not to worry, just take a hammer and cold chisel to it and it will come right up.
June 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CoupleofDIYers Easy install of a beautiful new bathroom
Easy to mix and held tile in place very well on floor and on walls. We are not professional tile setters - just a working couple taking on a bathroom renovation by ourselves. The end result is beautiful and, most importantly, we're still talking to each other!
February 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Installer Use this all the time.
I use this thinset on almost every tile job I do. I used it in all the photos I've attached. It's my go-to for laying ceramic or porcelain tile.
June 16, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SD cost effective alternative for a large job
I had a 1000 sq ft tile job to do and was dreading the cost of thin set at over $30 a bag. I read some reviews and decided to give the versa bond a try. It was easy to use and the results were great.
July 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by kbcoch Great product!
This thin-set worked great for our tile project. We used the orange plastic product for underlayment and everything was beautiful!
March 12, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by glass tile layer
Works great. and fairly easy to install. will buy again if needed.
July 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jake Worked As Expected
It's under the tiles so your really don't see it, but after a week all tiles are solid. I did about 240 sq ft of porcelain and was really tired late one day and let the motar get a bit dry. Between that and not back buttering I learned a valuable lesson about large tiles. I ended up having to take up 12 (12"x24") tiles, chip out all the motar and reset them. I then made sure to err on the wetter side and back buttered every tile. Solid as a rock now.
July 14, 2015