Tile Adhesives

Fixing Large Format Heavy Tiles

There are many factors that will affect the installation of Large Format Tiles such as environmental, tile type etc.

Bonding Moisture Sensitive Tiles

Thin layer natural stone (and also man-made versions) tile finishes are becoming more popular and are used in many varying situations under a variety of climatic conditions within residential and commercial constructions.

Smoothing and Levelling over Tiled Surfaces

This application only applies to internal tiled floors and is not suitable for external tiled areas and decks. It also does not apply to applications in ‘wet areas’ such as bathrooms and kitchens with floor wastes.

Installation Sand-Cement Screeds for Tiling

This bulletin describes the process of installation of a self-supporting unbonded screed.

Effect of Ambient Conditions on Handling Dunlop Products

This Technical Bulletin outlines some weather related product issues that have been the subject of inquiries to DUNLOP Technical Advice hotline, but also observations by the Research & Development Department of the manufacturer of DUNLOP products.

Differential Movement in Tile Finishes

Differential movement is that expansion/contraction and or deformation movement that occurs at different rates, and often in different directions, between materials in a structurally sound building.

Tiling Adjacent To Fireplaces

In this bulletin we will look at some of the issues that need to be considered when tiling in this situation.

Issues with Pebblecrete Surfaces

A common question DUNLOP Technical advisors receive concerns the application of levelling products, membranes and ceramic tile adhesives over ‘Pebblecrete’. In this bulletin we shall briefly discuss the surface preparation required.

Application of Dunlop Adhesives over Plastics

The adhesion of tile adhesives on over rigid surfaces made of polyester resin, phenol or urea-formaldehyde, acrylic or Lexan® sheeting or similar surfaces is problematic, and in this bulletin we shall briefly look at this application.

Application of Ceramic Tiles over Cork or Vinyl Flooring

In this bulletin we will discuss the procedures that are necessary to achieve a long lasting installation.

Bonding Tiles onto Existing Tiles

In internal applications it is possible to apply ceramic tiles over existing or in-situ tile finishes. This bulletin discusses some of the issues with this method of laying tiles that will assist in achieving a satisfactory result.

Tiling over Painted Surfaces

How to prepare painted surfaces prior to the application of ceramic tiles when renovating is essential. In this bulletin we will highlight the necessary preparation required for a successful project.

Creating Falls, Building Levels or Smoothing before Tiling

Creating falls, building levels and smoothing the surface prior to tiling to ensure a sound surface can easily be achieved with Dunlop products prior to the application of tiles. This bulletin outlines each product including the right mixing ratios.

Preparation of Compressed Fibre Cement Floor Sheets

In this bulletin we will look at the surface preparation required to obtain a good bond for ceramic tile adhesives and membranes.

Laying Large Porcelain Tiles

Correct installation of porcelain tiles requires a few specialised techniques to ensure that a good quality installation results and this bulletin gives some guidance to achieve this.

Causes of Grout Colour Issues

There are so many reasons for why grout discolours. In this bulletin we look at these many causes and determine the best ways to overcome them.

Tiling over Metal Surfaces - Dunlop Adhesives

In some situations tiling may be done over metal surfaces. Examples of this are ship decks, metal fittings on wall cappings or stair treads and in this bulletin we will look at the issues involved in this application.

Tiling onto Stair Treads

In this bulletin we will examine some challenges and look at possible solutions to the problems of tiling onto stair treads.

Water Chemistry Conditions in Swimming Pools

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide an initial understanding the effect of some of the chemicals used in swimming pool water have on cement based adhesives and grouts used with ceramic tile finishes.

Problems with Rock Lath Tiling

A type of natural stone facing has come onto the market which is composed of typically 20- 30mm wide by 15-30mm thick laths of cut rock, bonded together with an engineering type adhesive such as an epoxy, as determined suitable by the stone manufacturers.

Fixing Stacked Stone Tiles Loadings

This bulletin provides some guidelines regarding the suitability of substrates to accept mechanical fixing devices and a mechanical support system is discussed.

Tiling over Autoclaved Aerated Cement Panels

This bulletin details the best tiling techniques over lightweight material (AAC panels) including or excluding waterproofing.

Problems with Resin-Mesh Backed Tiles

This bulletin discusses how poorer quality stone is reinforced using hard plastic resins, with or without a reinforcing mesh embedded in the resin.

Tiling on Timber Floors with Dunlop Tile Adhesives

The key to success, when installing DUNLOP tiling adhesives is to achieve a good bond between the sheet timber substrate (i.e. particleboard) and the floor covering. Proper preparation of the surface is the most important factor in achieving this bond.

Tiling on Universal Shower Bases

This Technical Bulletin has been prepared to provide guidelines for the installation of tiles to pre-fabricated UNIVERSAL shower trays marketed and distributed by Universal Shower Base Pty Ltd.

Tiling of Pool-Copers and Waterline Tiles

Tiling a in a pool has its challenges whether it be a fibre glass or concrete pool. In this bulletin we look at the best ways for bonding a coping tile and also tiling at the waterline of the pool.

Modern Vitreous Porcelain Tiles

Today’s vitreous porcelain tiles have been fired at higher temperatures with faster firing times resulting in a higher glass finish. It’s important to use the right tile adhesive that have a high polymer content to ensure the best adhesion.

Ten Common Myths Debunked

This Bulletin uncovers the myths associated with surface preparation using primers, waterproofing membranes, smoothing cements & waterproofing membranes, premixed tile adhesives over membranes, tiling on blueboard, adding extra water to the mix and more.

Ceramic Tiling Fibre-Cement Sheeted Timber Flooring

A common industry practice has been to cover timber floor sub-strates with fibre cement sheet underlays prior to adhesive fixing of ceramic tile finishes.

Quick Checks for Natural Stone Tiles - Dead Loads and Environmental Stability

When natural stone tiles are recommended for an installation, commonly the properties of the tiles are not fully considered. Two of these properties, are moisture sensitivity (marking and deformation) and tile dead load on a square metre basis.

Application tricks with Dunlop Easy Clean Epoxy Grout

Applying Epoxy Grout is easy with Dunlop Easy Clean Epoxy Grout and it is just as hardwearing, stain and chemical resistant as traditional epoxy grouts. Read about the application tricks with Dunlop Easy Clean Epoxy Grout.


Not All Membranes Are The Same Application

In this advice we will have a general overview of membrane types and general recommendations for tile adhesives.

Applying Dunlop Waterproofing Over Tiles

Reinstatement of Shower Recesses

The reconstruction of a shower recess consists of four distinct stages and each stage is detailed separately in this bulletin.

Differences Between Sealers & Waterproofing Membranes

The following discussion gives our opinion and attitude to the use of sealers and whether they are applicable to be used with Dunlop tile adhesives.

Repairs to Dunlop Waterproofing Membranes

The purpose of this bulletin is to outline the procedures recommended by DUNLOP for the reinstatement of DUNLOP liquid undertile waterproofing membranes which have been damaged.

Floor Levelling

Levellers for Smoothing Timber Floors

One of the most common problems in renovation and remodelling of existing buildings is the levelling and smoothing of wooden subfloors to receive hard floor coverings, floating floors, and carpet.

Substrate Preparation For Dunlop Products

The key to success when installing DUNLOP products, is to achieve a good bond between the base surface (called the substrate) and the leveller or topping, the flooring adhesives, waterproof membrane and tile adhesives as well.

Magnesite Removal From Subfloors

In this Technical Bulletin we shall discuss the issues relating to Magnesite and similar flooring materials.

Installation of New Sheet Vinyl over Existing Vinyl or Tile Coverings

This bulletin covers the issues of the installation of new sheet vinyl over existing vinyl and tiles, and highlights the things to consider to ensure a successful outcome.

Application of Dunlop Floor Smoothing Cements on Concrete

This bulletin discusses the mixing and general applications principles for laying DUNLOP flooring smoothing cements including DUNLOP MULTIPURPOSE FLOOR LEVELLER and DUNLOP ARDIT FLOOR LEVELLER.

Application of Dunlop Smoothing Cements over AAC Panels

Installation of DUNLOP self smoothing cements is an effective method of providing a smooth flat surface over this substrate for the installation of carpet, vinyl or strip timber flooring in dry internal applications.

Dunlop Floor Levellers Misused as Feature Floors

As cementitious feature floors are becoming more popular as a “polished concrete” look, this bulletin looks at why floor levellers can’t be used as a finish or wear floor.

Issues with Sand-Cement Screeds Resilient Flooring

This bulletin discusses some of the issues and problems with this substrate when used with vinyl floor coverings.

Dealing with Asbestos Containing Substrates

This bulletin discusses some of the issues that can be encountered in refurbishment of old buildings containing these materials.

Green Concrete Moisture Suppression

This bulletin describes a moisture suppression systems for green slabs based around DUNLOP DAMP-PROOF.

Rain Damage Floors

In this short bulletin we will look at two problems areas, timber floors that are rained on or flooded, and new concrete rained on before cure.

Old Adhesive Residue

The question is whether you need to remove the old adhesive or glue before applying a ceramic tile adhesive or a floor leveller.

Old Adhesive Residue

The question is whether you need to remove the old adhesive or glue before applying a ceramic tile adhesive or a floor leveller.

Subfloor Preparation - Sources of Moisture and Damp Slab Problems

How to prepare the subfloor correctly when there is moisture and dampness in new and existing concrete. Is the concrete slab sound? Is there a leaking pipe or building elements?

Cleaners, Sealers & Polishes

Staining Sealers Grout Rubber Based Adhesives

This technical bulletin discusses an effect that has been observed where solvent based sealers have been applied onto grout which overlies rubber modified tile adhesives (using black rubber crumb).

Notes on the use of Sealers with Stone & Masonry

This bulletin looks at different types of sealers, such as film forming or penetrative sealers, and what affects they have on stone, masonry and grout, how to remove sealers etc.