There is a common misconception that priming takes ages and isn’t worth the additional time on-site. This month, Alan Collins, technical training manager at Instarmac, is here to tell you that this just isn’t true, and in actual fact, priming can save you time!
If you are working in a warm environment, in someone’s house for example, the primer will dry fairly quickly – about half an hour. When I am on-site, I get the primer down straight away and use the drying time to get all my tools and products ready so I can get on to the next stage of the job straight away.
Fast-track levellers will speed up the job even more! Using a rapid setting floor leveller, such as ProLevel Rapid will allow you to start fixing tiles after just 45 minutes – the perfect amount of time to get the kettle on and get your tiles and adhesive ready.
But if we are talking about fast-track tiling why bother levelling at all? The reason is simple. Smoother subfloors are easier and quicker to tile than rough and bumpy floors. It is always best to add this step in, as it will absolutely save you time later – a worthwhile step for sure!
When it comes to selecting your adhesive, it is good to understand the difference between slow set and rapid setting products. A lot of tilers tend to prefer slower setting adhesives as the pot life is longer, however, an adhesive like ProFlex SP will still give you a generous pot life of 60 minutes, allowing you to cover a fair amount of space, but with the additional benefit of a set time of just 2.5 hours.
So now it all comes down to the final step – grouting! Whilst this stage needs to be executed carefully for a beautiful finish, it doesn’t mean the grout has to take all day to set. Grout with ProGrout Flexible and your job will be finished in no time at all.
Follow these simple steps and you can prime, level, fix and grout tiles, all in one day!
I hope you found this article interesting and it helps speed up your next job. As always, if you would like any advice on an upcoming project, please get in touch and I will be more than happy to help. You can message me on Facebook or LinkedIn or call +441827 254402.