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VersaBond White 50 lb. Fortified Thinset Mortar

$16.47 / each
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$14.82 / each
  • Cost-efficient, all-purpose mortar
  • Reliable and easy to use
  • Polymer-modified to provide good bond strength

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The Custom Building Products VersaBond 50 lb. Fortified Thin-Set Mortar is a professional formula, all-purpose mortar, polymer-modified to provide good bond strengths. VersaBond cures quickly and adheres to most surfaces. Suitable substrates include interior and exterior floors, countertops and walls.

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  • Cost-efficient mortar
  • Polymer-modified high grade mortar
  • Reliable and easy to use
  • Sets quickly even in cold weather
  • Meets ANSI A118.4 and A118.11 specifications
  • Dries in 24 hours
  • Covers up to 100 sq. ft.
  • Meets ANSI A118.4 and A118.11 specifications without the need for additives
  • Add water and mix to apply

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can i use versabond to set 8"x48" plank tile over 3/4" plywood o do i need to use hardibacker first ?

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IMHO, I would never install a plank tile over plywood (especially one 48" long) without beefing up the surface with 1/2" Hardibacker. Flex is your enemy here. Imagine laying out one of those tiles on a normal-pile carpet and then stepping on it. Guess what would happen? Laying tile is like packing a parachute -- you can get away with less for awhile, or maybe even longer, but eventually shortcuts will Read More
IMHO, I would never install a plank tile over plywood (especially one 48" long) without beefing up the surface with 1/2" Hardibacker. Flex is your enemy here. Imagine laying out one of those tiles on a normal-pile carpet and then stepping on it. Guess what would happen? Laying tile is like packing a parachute -- you can get away with less for awhile, or maybe even longer, but eventually shortcuts will catch up with you. Read Less
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I would use the hardibacker first and remember to water wash it first with clean water
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No but I would put a coat of primer on the wood so it doesn't soak up all the moisture from the thinset so it cures properly
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April 25, 2016
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Plywood will absorb all the moisture, must seal plywood first or use something such as hardy backer board.
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April 25, 2016
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yes for flooring, sure. For a wall depends on the area, if is a big area I recommend hardbacker, always use common sense. Maybe is little cheaper, If is an existing plywood you can use Steel Lath. Good luck!!
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April 25, 2016
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A large format tile mortar like VersaBond-LFT can be used to install plank tile over Exterior Grade Plywood (interior residential and light commercial dry
areas only). For further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786 option 2
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Can I use this for inch thick heavy slate tiles (6x24) on a painted drywall surface? 90 inch high flat wall.

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I agree with BuyerBeware22 -- that's just too much weight to put on a 1/2" (assumedly) sheetrock panel, and maybe even too much weight on the studs behind it. Work the math on this one: you're talking about almost 100 tiles on a 12-foot long wall (90" high). If each tile weighs 15lbs (a conservative guess), that's 3/4-ton of weight not counting the mortar. At a minimum, I'd use 1/2" Hardibacker, Read More
I agree with BuyerBeware22 -- that's just too much weight to put on a 1/2" (assumedly) sheetrock panel, and maybe even too much weight on the studs behind it. Work the math on this one: you're talking about almost 100 tiles on a 12-foot long wall (90" high). If each tile weighs 15lbs (a conservative guess), that's 3/4-ton of weight not counting the mortar. At a minimum, I'd use 1/2" Hardibacker, well-screwed, and seated on the joists at the base. Or, alternatively, you could look for something thinner, and more suitable for wall use such as a faux stone panel of some sort. Read Less
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There is no way I would. First its painted and its not going to adhere well to paint and if it did it would only be as strong as the paint is stuck to its layer. Next is it in a wet area? If it is I always use cement board. If its in a bathroom use greenboard or blueboard at least. I very rarely trust that the person that went before did it correctly. It is always easier to do it right the first time Read More
There is no way I would. First its painted and its not going to adhere well to paint and if it did it would only be as strong as the paint is stuck to its layer. Next is it in a wet area? If it is I always use cement board. If its in a bathroom use greenboard or blueboard at least. I very rarely trust that the person that went before did it correctly. It is always easier to do it right the first time than go back and redo a short cut or live with bad results. Especially if the short cut results in mold. Read Less
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May 5, 2016
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You probably can, but I think I would screw and construction adhesive some 1/4" Hardie backer board on the wall first then use the versabond to stick the slate to the backer board.
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Yes but I rather wire and mud the wall rather than thinset directly on drywall.
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I wouldn't put that tile or, at that thickness, stone veneer, on a painted drywall surface with any mortar. The drywall's probably too weak to handle it over a large surface area, especially if it's 70s-80s-vintage drywall cheaply installed with ring-shank nails and the liberal use of construction adhesive. The paint will also invariably weaken the bond with the tiles. In an interior dry setting, would Read More
I wouldn't put that tile or, at that thickness, stone veneer, on a painted drywall surface with any mortar. The drywall's probably too weak to handle it over a large surface area, especially if it's 70s-80s-vintage drywall cheaply installed with ring-shank nails and the liberal use of construction adhesive. The paint will also invariably weaken the bond with the tiles. In an interior dry setting, would replace the drywall with cement board, preferably Hardiebacker 500 screwed to studs with 1 5/8" corrosion-resistant screws. I'd use premium construction adhesive to glue the stone to the CBU.
You're probably talking about a LOT of weight here. Make sure your wall and floor supports can handle it.
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Can I store versabond white in covered bucket to use later? If so, how long?

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Not if it has already been mixed. If you mean un mixed just to get rid of the bag then there is no limit to how long it can be stored if properly sealed.
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Maybe a couple hours
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No, you cannot mix up this product or its gray variant and store it in a sealed container for later use. This stuff will cure (albeit poorly) underwater and with no exposure to oxygen. That's its main attraction as a tile-setting material. If you're asking what the pot life of the mixed-up product is, you'll get varying answers from users who are willing to accept different ranges of product consistency. Read More
No, you cannot mix up this product or its gray variant and store it in a sealed container for later use. This stuff will cure (albeit poorly) underwater and with no exposure to oxygen. That's its main attraction as a tile-setting material. If you're asking what the pot life of the mixed-up product is, you'll get varying answers from users who are willing to accept different ranges of product consistency. I generally work to use up the entire product I mix up in one batch in four hours. Covering the bucket will not help much. Your mileage will vary.
Various premixed tile adhesive mastic products will last months or even years if you store them in a sealed bucket. Real mixed cement-based polymer-modified thinset like this will not. Read Less
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May 2, 2016
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VersaBond Fortified Thin-Set Mortar has a " Best if used by" time frame of approximately 15 months from the date of manufacture. For further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786 option 2
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A few hours. Not over night.
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tile removal

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I set some glass tiles in versabond a couple of days ago and want to remove those tiles now. Am I in for a lot of work removing these 2x4 glass tiles? It is just one strip of tiles used as an accent. Thank you.
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Yes its already hardens probably.
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Unless you live in a really dry climate, my guess is that the mortar wouldn't be 100% fully cured by that time. And, I'm assuming that for a 2x4 tile you went "light" with the amount used. What you might try would be an oscillating tool (Item # 62279) that Harbor Freight sells for under 20 bucks. Since this is just a strip, I'm assuming that you can get flat access to the top edge and just work the tool Read More
Unless you live in a really dry climate, my guess is that the mortar wouldn't be 100% fully cured by that time. And, I'm assuming that for a 2x4 tile you went "light" with the amount used. What you might try would be an oscillating tool (Item # 62279) that Harbor Freight sells for under 20 bucks. Since this is just a strip, I'm assuming that you can get flat access to the top edge and just work the tool blade under the tile. It's generally not too hard on the wall behind, even though some of the mortar will be left as residue once the tile pops off. Dealing with that will be an topic for another time. Read Less
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Using a 1 inch cold chisel is a good idea on small areas. After two days, the mortar won't be fully cured. You should be able to get under small tiles and lift them out.. For larger areas, use a 3-inch floor chisel. I've picked up entire bathroom floors of 12x12 tile with only a floor chisel. But if you've got to take out a floor or shower stall of well-laid tile floated in thick-bed mortar some time in Read More
Using a 1 inch cold chisel is a good idea on small areas. After two days, the mortar won't be fully cured. You should be able to get under small tiles and lift them out.. For larger areas, use a 3-inch floor chisel. I've picked up entire bathroom floors of 12x12 tile with only a floor chisel. But if you've got to take out a floor or shower stall of well-laid tile floated in thick-bed mortar some time in the early 1900s, your best friend will be a rotary hammer and you will gain a deep appreciation for a bygone era of tile installation craftmanship. Read Less
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roto hammer
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March 10, 2016
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The glass tile would have to be mechanically removed. For further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786 option 2
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 186 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Our go to product Versabond is our go to product. As professional rehabbers we use it practically every time we do a tile project. June 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Guest Bathroom remodel What a difference all the products I purchased at Home Depot - my bathroom is impressive now!! May 31, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by It sticks, just like it should Mortar--it sticks tile down. Perfect. Not much to say beyond that. July 26, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by excellent product excellent product for floors, walls and and bathroom July 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good product It mixes easy and is easy to work with and sets up and holds great July 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great product I live in Texas, all my tiles guys prefer Versabond. While in Charleston redoing home, the tile guys were using another product from Lowes...I picked up Versabond and told them , that is what everyone in DFW area, that has done work for me uses....well..they were amazed what a superior product it is...and everyone of them said they would never go back to the other product they were using....so guess you could say we were "pleased". December 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great quality product. Works as described. Great quality product, easy to use, works as described. July 14, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Versabond Great products to used for tiles Three bags worked July 19, 2016
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