How-to Tile

ABA provides intelligent, cost-effective system solutions for every aspect of tiling. From adhesives to grouts for kitchen, bathroom and wellness areas, indoors and outdoors. All ABA products are extremely easy to use and perfectly matched, allowing jobs to be handled simply and efficiently.



Before you start

Before you start your tiling project, surfaces need to be primed, floors may need to be leveled or repaired and wet areas will need a waterproofing membrane. In general, ensure the surfaces are flat and firmly fixed. Clean off dust, oil, grease and all loose contaminating materials. Ensure surfaces are dry before tiling with no residue or permanent damp. Prime porous surfaces with ABA MULTIPURPOSE PRIMER AND ADDITIVE.


Before beginning any tiling project, read the packaging carefully to ensure the surface has been prepared properly and the correct procedure is followed. It is easy to choose the right adhesive for your job and for the tiles you have chosen, use the ABA Tile Adhesive Selector.


Step 1:

If the adhesive is not premixed, mix the adhesive according to instructions on the packaging by adding powder to water.


Step 2:

Apply the adhesive to the surface using a suitable notched trowel. As a general guide, use a 6mm notch trowel on walls and a 10mm notch trowel on floors. On walls, apply the adhesive with the notches running horizontally across the wall.


Step 3:

Press and slide the tile into position ensuring the back of the tile is in good contact with the adhesive.


Step 4:

Remove any surplus adhesive from the face of the tile before it sets.

Handy Hints
  • Measure the tiles that need cutting. Use a combination tile cutter or platform tile cutter to cut the tiles. To cut half circles or tricky shapes, use tile nippers to break off small pieces at a time.
  • To complete your tiling project, use ABA COLOURED GROUT in a complementary colour to your tiles as well as the matching silicone.