Everything you need know about Maison Surface's
installation guidelines and maintenance.
Apply a crack insulation membrane over substrate per the membrane manufacturer's instruction.
Using a flat side of a trowel to initiate the bond coat, firmly apply the setting material to the substrate.
To achieve a uniform surface:
Glass and small mosaics = tap lightly using a rubber grout
Large pieced mosaics = use a wooden beating block and hammer
*To unify transitions, tap from one sheet to the next.
Use grout mixed per manufacturers instructions. When grout joints are 1/32" or less, use a non sanded grout. Apply grout with a rubber float, forcing grout into joints until full.
If the mosaic contains both stone and glass (or metal), expect the grout to dry and set faster around the stone. Due to the impervious nature of glass and metal, grout will take longer to set than with more porous materials such as stone.
With additional setting materials, use a 1/4" x 1/4" V-Notch trowel, comb horizontal, full notches in one direction to establish the proper depth of the setting bed.
*Only necessary if there is translucent glass
Using the flat side of the trowel, flatten the notches to achieve a smooth, consistent setting bed approximately 1/8" thick.
Cure a minimum of 48 hours prior to cleaning and grouting.
*Check setting materials manufactures specifications for recommended curing time.
Allow grout joints to take initial set (turn dull). For initial cleaning use clean, dry cheesecloth. This method wicks additional moisture from the grout and avoids washing out the grout joints.
Apply sheets into the setting bed (tile tape side towards you), using light, even pressure to establish contact and eliminate any voids. Apply each subsequent sheet so that grout joins line up and a consistent field is maintained.
**Prior to setting each sheet, check the setting bed for skinning (slight drying of the thin set surface). If skinning occurs, remove thin set and repeat steps 2 and 3. Pay particular attention to the joints between sheets to eliminate any sheet pattern.
After approved setting time, you may peels the face tape, starting at the corner.
Clean any tape residue with a damp sponge.
Allow grout joints to set up a second time (turn dull) and smooth.
For final polishing of excess grout haze use a clean, soft cloth.