Components for After Tile Install Kit
Rafi Creations After Tile Install Kit includes what you see here.
You will receive :
Two each matching Natural Stone cleats
Four each adjusting Wedges
Four each Felt Install Tabs
One each 5 minute Epoxy Gel (receive 1 epoxy for up to 4 shelves, you will receive extra Epoxy if you order more than 4)
To complete project you will also need :
100% Silicone, color caulk or grout and an assortment of tools.
Installation for After Tile Shower Shelves
This video will show all the tools, supplies and steps to install your new Rafi Creations After Tile Shower Shelf with Kit.. Please note There are a couple things that are not included.
Installation for EZ Recessed Niche
Here You will see just how easy it is to install Rafi Creations Niches into your shower tile.
After Tile Install Instructions
(Install to your existing tile)
If your future plans are to install new tile, you may want to consider our original products which are tiled-in during wall tile installation. Both products are designed to last, with only the appearance in design differing slightly. Below you will find instructions and materials needed for Wall-Mounted Installation.
Wall-Mounted Installation Kits include 2 Shelf Supports, 4 Install Tabs, 4 Wedges, Sand Paper and Epoxy. You will NEED to purchase Silicone (Clear Caulking) and Color Caulking or Grout in a color that matches your shelf. These items can be found at most local tile or building supply stores.
You will need: Pencil, Torpedo Level, Putty Knife, Measuring Tape, and a Utility Knife.
Step 1: Stack shelf support on the shelf and measure. This becomes the support line number.
Step 2: Decide where you want your shelf installed and make a pencil mark along the top of the shelf.
Step 3: Measure down from the top of the shelf mark using your support line number. At the support line number, mark a horizontal line.
Step 4: Hold shelf support in the corner and on the mark from Step 3. Make a vertical pencil mark where the support starts to curve.
Step 5: Place torpedo level on the line from Step 3 and draw a line starting 1″ from the corner and ending at your vertical mark. Be sure the bubble in the level is centered.
Step 6: Peel and stick install tabs exactly below support line. Place the outer tab slightly in from the vertical line and the other 1″ out from the corner.
TO IMPROVE ADHESION, ROUGHEN THE WALL TILE SURFACE WHERE SUPPORTS ARE SECURED, USING SANDPAPER PROVIDED IN YOUR KIT. MAKE SURE TO CLEAN AND DRY THE SURFACE WHERE SUPPORTS ARE TO BE SECURED (YOU CAN USE ACETONE TO CLEAN THIS AREA).
Step 7: Put equal amounts of epoxy onto a clean piece of cardboard.
Step 8: VERY IMPORTANT…MAKE SURE TO MIX EPOXY THOROUGHLY USING A PUTTY KNIFE. EPOXY SHOULD LOOK LIKE WHIPPED HONEY (milky clear appearance) WHEN MIXED PROPERLY. Apply epoxy immediately as it will begin to cure quickly.
Step 9: Apply a thin coat of epoxy on the upper half of the shelf support, keeping epoxy 1″ away from the ends of the shelf support. If too much epoxy is applied, it will escape onto the surrounding wall tile. Do not clean excess epoxy with water, instead use acetone while epoxy is still wet. Acetone will not harm tile or stone. If epoxy escapes above the support, wipe with your finger and clean finger with acetone.
Step 10: The bottom of the shelf support will rest on top of the install tabs. In order to prevent the epoxy from escaping below the support, press the support upwards onto the wall. Support must be installed tight to the wall surface. Support should appear to be touching the wall.
Step 11: Once the first shelf support is in place, put the second support even with the first in the corner. Hold it level and draw a line along the bottom of the support as well as a vertical line where the support starts to curve. Peel and stick the install tabs just as before. Repeat Steps 9 and 10.
Step 12: Use wedges if you need to level the shelf support. Allow epoxy to dry for at least 1 hour before installing the shelf.
Step 13: Be sure the epoxy has cured and the supports are not moving. Apply 1/4″ bead of silicone where the shelf supports meet the wall. Start in the corner and stop 1″ from the ends of the supports. DO NOT REMOVE THE INSTALL TABS YET.
Step 14: Gently place the shelf onto the silicone and shelf supports.
Step 15: Immediately place wedges between the shelf and shelf supports. Place the outside wedges close to the end of the supports. Be careful not to push the wedges into the silicone, as it will make it difficult to remove them later
Step 16: Adjust the shelf 1/16″ from the walls. Use the level to ensure that the shelf drains to the outside edge. Adjust or remove wedges to create drainage. The shelf must be slightly raised in the back corner.
Step 17: After silicone has set for at least 10 hours and the shelf does not move easily, remove install tabs and wedges. Gently clean around shelf if needed. The silicone will still be curing.
Step 20: Use a matching color caulking or grout to fill gaps on underside as well. This includes under the shelf, where the supports join in the corner, and under the supports. Allow caulking to dry at least 12 hours before exposing to water. Color caulk will cure completely in four to five days, but the outer shell will dry to where water will not disturb it.
Tile in Install Instructions
(during tile installation)
Most important details: You must make sure your shelves and soap dishes tilt very slightly so they will drain. This can be best accomplished with what is called a torpedo level (6″ to 12″ level) placed on the shelf when it is set. Also, you must have at least 1/16″ grout joint between the shelf and surrounding tiles for proper grout adhesion. Shelves should not be set with tile mastic as it could discolor marble. You should always use thin set mortar.
Check your shelf for its particular application. You either have a single layer shelf or a multi layer shelf
First, install tile up to the level you want to place your shelf (for multi layer unit stop one row of tile lower). Shelves are easiest installed at a horizontal grout joint. If you are using a larger tile (13″, 18″), planning the approximate level of your shelf is a bit more important and should be worked out before you begin your lay-out.
Set your shelf in place on top of tile and touching the wall (substrate) on both sides of your corner. Now mark the tile below at the end of the unit.
See Step # 4, picture # 2 for better understanding this step.
Now you are ready to mark the upper tile to cut around your shelf. The quickest way to accomplish this is to dab thin set on the tiles to be marked and put them in place (one side at a time).
With your shelf in place, mark your tile (be sure when you make your mark, the opposite edge of shelf is resting on the tile and touching the actual surface you are adhering the tile to. This surface is called the substrate. If you are marking the tile on the right side, the shelf should be on top of the tile on the left side and touching the wall surface (substrate).
Now mark the opposite side the same way. Make your cuts, remembering to cut rounded edges at the shelf end.
Once your cuts are made you will install your shelf and set your cut pieces in place.
Single Layer Shelf
This shelf is designed to rest on top of the tile at the desired location (within the horizontal grout joint) and cuts are placed above.
Double Layer Shelf
This shelf is best installed with the shelf’s lower level placed about 1/16″ to 1/8″ below the tile above it. With this shelf you will be cutting both lower and upper tiles to fit it in place. Cut and finish the lower tiles first. This will give you a place to rest the shelf while you mark the upper tile.
Push the shelf into place firmly allowing excess thin set to escape until shelf is in place.
Clean up excess thin set.
Place wedges between the tile and shelf (below the shelf) to create a grout joint and also to set your level so your shelf will drain. The shelf is flat and needs very little pitch to accomplish this.
Proceed to set your other cuts. You have done it! All that is left is to grout around it when you grout your project.
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