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Thank you for visiting “It’s That Simple” with Paul & Kiesel. This is just one article as part of a series I have developed to answer contractors’ questions about products and installation methods.

What is a primer?

Simply put, a primer is a liquid applied over a surface to facilitate bond. Traditionally I used primers where I have either a compromised substrate or a difficult to adhere to surface.

But todays tile primers are so much more than that. Primers now make it possible to bond directly to wood, metal, tile, and even glass.
The primer I like to use is Kiesel DSG. It not only sticks to wood, metal, tile, and glass, but I can also bond to epoxy, cutback adhesive, and glue-down residue. In fact, I haven’t had to grind a floor for over two and a half years! I simply scrape any loose contaminates from the floor, I make sure there isn’t any wax or oil on the floor, I roll a thin layer of the DSG on the area to be tiled, and 20 minutes later I am ready to snap lines and set tile. Not only that, but if I apply 2 or 3 coats to the surface, Kiesel DSG becomes a moisture barrier.

In addition to being a primer, Kiesel DSG primer blocks pet or smoke odors and it blocks efflorescence from seeping up from your concrete slab through your thin set and grout.

It’s That Simple!

– Paul

Why do we need a tile primer?


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