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    Tile install on fiberglass pool

    I found a pool we like at fair price 10 x20, the manufacturer want $800 to do a tile waterline boarder in tile.

    Sounded a bit high in cost.

    As an avid DIY having done a lot of floor and bath tile over the years I think I can do it easily.

    Question is what do I use to adhere the tiles to the glass, and what kind of grout.

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    Re: Tile install on fiberglass pool

    Use a silicone based tile adhesive and a silicone based grout (more like caulking than grouting).
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    Re: Tile install on fiberglass pool

    Ok, that simple,

    tks

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    Re: Tile install on fiberglass pool

    You can also use epoxy grout and thinset. It is NOT easy for a first timer and I would not suggest it over the caulk but I thought I would mention it is available.....usually installed by a professional.
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    Re: Tile install on fiberglass pool

    I've worked with thin set before but on fiberglass???

    Are you sure?

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    Re: Tile install on fiberglass pool

    Are you sure?
    Yes. EPOXY thinset.
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    Re: Tile install on fiberglass pool

    Wow found it online, learn something new everyday.......

    3 gallons about $75

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    Re: Tile install on fiberglass pool

    Nova13,

    I just tiled my fiberglass pool about a month ago. Here is a link for the job that I did. new-pool-proj-flagstoning-around-and-on-my-fiberglass-pool-t40996.html

    I purchased the tile as a kit from this company http://www.fiberglassswimmingpooltiling.com/ , but I would guess you could do it buying the supplies independently. They do offer a great "how to" FAQ and a list of what is required. It is just basic pool tile, silicone adhesive and silicone grout. The silicone they sell is labeled as being specifically for pool tile install but I imagine a high end silicone from an H.D might be comparable. The grouting process is pretty cool. I would have never guessed that putting a little dish detergent on the scrubby pad would allow you to clean it so easily and mike the finished surface so smooth. It really locks the tile in there very tight as well.
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    Re: Tile install on fiberglass pool

    Nice, I like your skimmer box too.

    Did those tubes of silicone give any manufacturer or part number?

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    Re: Tile install on fiberglass pool

    I will check tonight and let you know.
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    Re: Tile install on fiberglass pool

    Nova13,

    I have two different type of silicone from the install and they are labelled:

    A. Adhesive Sealant (Acetoxy Cure)
    B. Grout (E-Z odor, Natural Cure)

    Both are branded by R&R. Neither has any part numbers on it. There is a phone number for R&R, 858-621-9021, as well as for the company that I bought mine from, F.S.P. 352-746-6115.
    6000 gal inground fiberglass
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    Re: Tile install on fiberglass pool

    thanks

    found this on Acetoxy
    As the name suggest, the by-product of cure is acetic acid. Most people carrying out DIY work on showers, baths and kitchens are familiar with acetoxy cure silicone sealants that give off the characteristic odour resembling strong vinegar. This family of sealants dominates the world of silicone sealants because of their extensive use as construction sealants in buildings in such applications as expansion joints, window installations, etc. However, the formation of acetic acid places a restriction on their use in applications where non-corrosion is a prerequisite.

    Found it for $10 a tube http://www.inyopools.com/Products/00...FQ45nAodh18AIA

    Not sure what the other company sells it for that U bought from.

    Looks readilly avail.

    I wonder if I can use any type of tile not special pool tile?

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    Re: Tile install on fiberglass pool

    In regards to other types of tile, the feedback that I had seen on that question is that if it is not designed for use in a pool then there is a decent chance that freezing and thawing could cause the tiles to break.
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