Asked on May 18, 2019

Can you use liquid nails to put up ceramic tile then grout?

by Deborah

Can you use liquid nails to put up ceramic tile then grout it instead of spreading ceramic adhesive all over the back?

  5 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on May 18, 2019

    What are you putting it up on? You can butter the back of tiles with tile thin set instead of doing entire wall, it's just quicker . Liquid Nails may not stick that well to concrete board and lay down as,flat.

  • William William on May 18, 2019

    No. You need a good surface bond between the tile and substrate. Thinset goes on the wall, grooved with a tile trowel. Large format tile needs the back buttered with thinset for added bond. The size and weight of large tile needs extra bonding. Small format tile does not need the back buttered. Buttering the back of tile and installing on a wall does not guarantee good thinset coverage. Leaving voids with no thinset and areas with too much thinset. It will fail.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on May 20, 2019


    You need a backer board and use tile adhesive and then grout after the tile sits here are some ideas

  • Deborah Brimner Deborah Brimner on Apr 16, 2020

    Hello--I have some decorative ceramic tiles that I want to apply to my outdoor concrete steps. I want to place the tile on the raisers of the steps. I am looking for a some kind of adhesive to use when applying the tile to the concrete surface.

    I will also need to know the kind of grout for exterior use too. Thanks!!

  • Deborah Deborah on Apr 17, 2020

    I'm sorry but I have never done anything with ceramic tiles inside or out.