Bostik launches Bosti-Set one component-adhesive and sound-reduction membrane for thin porcelain tile panels

Bostik’s new Bosti-Set Thin Porcelain Tile Panel Adhesive & Sound Reduction Membrane requires no on-site mixing and only needs to be troweled onto the back of the panel.

(Orlando, Fla.) — On the eve of Coverings 2017, here, Bostik held a special reveal of its Bosti-SetTM  premium adhesive and sound reduction membrane… created specifically for thin porcelain tile panel installations. Offering unprecedented, instant grab and holding power, with just a single coat of adhesive on the back of the panel, wall installation is now much faster and easier. Outstanding workability allows panels to be repositioned for up to 30 minutes with no slip or sag. As a result, projects can be completed faster and safer, with more precision, while offering exceptional sound abatement properties.


According to Bostik’s Eric Kurtz, LEED® Green Associate Market Manager – Hardwood, Resilient & Surface Preparation Systems, “Understanding this new category of tiling as well as current limitations in current installation techniques, Bostik R&D created a revolutionary new installation system. We developed a product that immediately grabbed porcelain tile panels in a single coat, did not allow any sag, yet made it possible for these panels to be repositionable for at least 30 minutes. Technologies used were environmentally friendly and contributed toward LEED® points. Above all, we created something that reduced project timelines. Via Bostik’s global technology center, chemists came up with an adhesive science breakthrough. We call that technology Tenirex™; it can only be found in Bostik’s Bosti-Set™ thin porcelain tile panel adhesive and sound reduction membrane.”

Mike Zaccardelli, Bostik Sales Director, introduces Bosti-Set in a special event at Hilton Orlando on the eve of Coverings 2017.

Noah Chitty, Crossville director of technical services, explained that this new family of Bosti-Set adhesive products will allow the installation of more gauged porcelain tile panels — like Crossville’s Laminam — into more applications than ever before.

Chad Bulen, Bostik’s Technical Services Manager added, “With Bosti-Set™, now projects calling for thin porcelain tile panels can be installed in roughly half the time with a smaller crew than it took using previous techniques. Here’s why: A single layer of adhesive is troweled only onto the back of the panel, cutting the square footage necessary to trowel in half. Additionally, crew members dedicated to basics such as mixing, running mortar back-and-forth and similar functions, can now be re-directed to work on more skilled installation procedures.”

The patent-pending Bosti-SetTM is significantly lighter in weight with much greater coverage than typical mortars. It contains zero VOC’s as calculated per SCAQMD Rule 1168 and contains 2% recycled material. Bostik’s patent-pending Thickness ControlTM Spacer Technology built into Bosti-Set, helps ensure proper membrane thickness is maintained between tile panels and the substrate. Recycled rubber crumb particles mixed into the adhesive create optimal membrane sound reduction performance. And, Bostik’s Thickness ControlTM spacers ensure a flat panel edge and easy alignment throughout.

“Roughly 30 years ago, porcelain tile was the new rage of the tile industry. Today, large format thin porcelain panels have become extremely popular for numerous reasons,” stated Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development. “In particular, because they solve so many installation problems. This newer category of high-technology tile products clearly needed the most state-of-the-art installation material. Time will tell that indeed, Bosti-SetTM is that product.”

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