Oyster White Pearl Illusion Tile

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Oyster White Pearl Illusion Tile
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Overview

Design Elements

Bring the ethereal beauty of the ocean into your home with our luminous Oyster White Pearl Illusion Tile. Ideal for use as an accent strip or kitchen backsplash, Mother of Pearl easily brings an organic, natural ambiance to your space while also adding a timeless exquisiteness to your surroundings.

It is not recommended that this tile be installed in a pool or any location where it will be submerged in water.

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Specs

Specifications

Sheet Size
11.81" x 11.81"
Coverage
0.97 sq. ft.
Color
White & Pearl
Material
Pearl
Finish
Polished
Thickness
2 mm
Residential Use
Wall only
Commercial Use
Wall only
Tile Use
Backsplash Tile, Bathroom Floor Tile, Bathroom Wall Tile, Shower Wall, Kitchen Floor Tile, Kitchen Wall Tile, Floor Tile, Wall Tile
Weight
1.0000
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Why did you choose this?
TileBar Store
I plan to make a niche above my new soaker tub to hold shampoos, etc and thought it was a nice compliment to the Santa Monica White subway tile.
Deb K on Feb 20, 2019
back up for kitchen
Daysha H on Sep 18, 2018
I plan to make a niche above my new soaker tub to hold shampoos, etc and thought it was a nice compliment to the Santa Monica White subway tile.
Deb K on Feb 20, 2019
kitchen backsplash with natural shine
Andrea S on Oct 17, 2018
back up for kitchen
Daysha H on Sep 18, 2018
I ordered a sample and it was stunning. Can't wait to have it in my powder room!
Brookiecookie on Jun 29, 2018
I love the idea of a natural material because my floors are stone. Even is they were real wood I would have to have a natural material throughout my kitchen. If I had tile "wood look" flooring I would go with a ceramic or glass tile.
Evi R on May 3, 2018
3-D illusion is cool
Linda J on Apr 11, 2018
Unique design
YELENA D on Nov 10, 2017
I love the pattern and the iridescent color.
Jagan S on Sep 20, 2017
To match tile that has already been installed in our house
Patty L on Jun 15, 2017
Pearl is such a beautiful material. And I love this tile's unique shape. It almost looks like flowers or snowflakes. It will be a good contrast with the subway tiles I'm using everywhere else.
Kasie J on May 4, 2017
kitchen backsplash with natural shine
Andrea S on Oct 17, 2018
I ordered a sample and it was stunning. Can't wait to have it in my powder room!
Brookiecookie on Jun 29, 2018
can this be used as a shower wall?
K. R on Aug 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but it must be sealed.
Please explain how to maintain with all the grout near cooking areas? Like near stove.
J G on Jun 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You can find maintenance and cleaning instructions under the "installation" section on the product page. For further questions or inquiries such as these, please contact the customer service center. You can reach them by email at info@tilebar.com, or by phone at 888-541-3840.
Could this be used on a shower floor?
Meg B on Jan 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would not recommend using pearl on a shower floor. Prolonged exposure to water can darken and dull the appearance of the pearl.
Which company make this tile? Is it Solistone?
Tara M. on May 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Tilebar manufactures this tile.
can this tile be installed behind a range?
A shopper on Feb 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, absolutely.
What is the thickness?
Amber R on Jan 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is 2 mm thick.
Installation

PEARL INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

These instructions are meant to be a guide for most installations, under normal conditions. Please follow best practice instructions found in the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) 09300 Handbook for specific installation types

 

MATERIAL INSPECTION

      • We always recommend dry-fitting your pattern first to think about your cuts in advance and to make sure you like the pattern. This will also help you choose which pieces go where, which is especially helpful with tiles that have a lot of variation. Due to the nature of the material and production process no two pieces are exactly alike.
      • *Always use appropriate personal protective safety equipment when handling, drilling, cutting or grinding pearl tile such as (but not limited to) eye, ear and hand protection.

 

SUBSTRATE

        • Before you start tiling, make sure that whatever surface the tiles are being installed to will be strong and structurally sound. Cement board, concrete or drywall is best, as these surfaces can handle the moisture of the tiling process. Plywood should be avoided, since the wood will warp with the added moisture and it will also be less waterproof, even after tiling.

 

INSTALLATION MATERIALS

 

Thin-Set

 

  • To avoid affecting the color of the tile, white thinset such as Bostik PM is strongly recommended for all installations.
  • Apply as much adhesive as can be covered within 10-15 minutes.

 

Tools
3/16" or 1/4" square notch trowel should be used when installing our pearl material and ridges should be smoothed down with the flat side of the trowel prior to fixing the tiles in the mortar bed. Tiles larger than 3x3 should be back-buttered with a thin continuous layer of the thin set applied with the flat side of the trowel.

 

Drying Time
Pearl tiles are non-porous: the moisture in the setting materials cannot migrate through the pearl and must evaporate slowly through the joints. All setting material, even rapidest mortars need a longer time to cure. Allow thin-set mortar to dry completely for a minimum of 72 hours prior to grouting or otherwise interfering with the fresh installation.

 

Cutting
Cut the edges of the tile with glass tile nippers or a wet saw to ensure a perfect fit. For installing pearl tile around outlets, cut the mesh with scissors. It should be easy to cut around the outlets because the pearl tiles are so thin.

 

Drilling
If possible, drill holes before installing tile. Drilling from both sides can ensure a cleaner finish if the hole will be visible after installation. Using a new diamond coring bit (for large holes) or spade bit (for small holes) with a diamond tip made for glass drilling will give the best results. Lubricating the bit and tile surface with a continuous spray of oil/water mix will prolong the life of bits and provide a better-finished edge. When possible, the use of a jig will ensure precise placement of holes to be drilled.

When drilling holes for anchoring bolts, plumbing or any other dissimilar material always ensure a minimum of 1/8" clearance around the item is provided to avoid cracking due to disparate expansion and contraction rates or stress transfer.

 

GROUTING

Non-sanded grout that is latex or polymer modified and compliant with A118.4 should be used for our pearl material. If sanded grout must be used for technical or aesthetic reasons (such as with mosaics with larger grout joints), gentle application of grout with a soft rubber float is recommended to minimize the possibility of surface scratching. A mock up or testing installation should be executed to ensure results are acceptable.

After grouting, wipe of excess surface grout with a slightly damp sponge - do not over wash. After initial wash has been allowed to haze, wipe once with minimal pressure at a 45-degree angle to joints and rinse sponge after wiping once with each side. Any remaining haze can be buffed off with a dry towel or cheesecloth after grout surface has dried sufficiently. Grout joints should be a minimum of 1/16” and not butt set. Clean excess grout as the work progresses before it has hardened completely. In the event that a grout haze forms, you can use an acid-free remover such as Deterdek to remove it. Acids should never be used for cleaning grout haze.

 

CARE AND MAINTENANCE

Mother of Pearl and Pearl Shell tiles must be regularly cleaned and maintained to extend the life and beauty of the tile. The tiles can be cleaned with a neutral mild detergent. Keep surfaces clean from abrasive dirt and do not use abrasive cleaners, powders, scouring pads, steel wool or sandpaper. Do not let soap, bleach or other cleaning solutions set on the surface. Seashells consist primarily of Calcium Carbonate. They will react with acid including

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