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How Long Does Tile Adhesive Take To Dry?

The answer to this will depend on the adhesive used. Ready-mixed adhesives tend to react with air and then dry. Whereas powdered adhesives have a chemical reaction that starts as soon as they are mixed.

Powdered tile adhesives are usually ready for light traffic in 3 hours. Ready mixed adhesives need at least 24 hours on average.

Because of this, I will break this down by Adhesive, so look for the one you are using!

Powdered Adhesives Dry Times

Mapei Mapeker Rapid Set

This is a really popular rapid set tile adhesive, in fact, it is what I always use myself and recommend to anyone who asks!

They also provide some really detailed drying times in their technical datasheet.

  • Open time: 10 minutes
  • Adjustability time: about 5-10 minutes
  • Ready for traffic on dry support: 3 hours
  • Cure time on dry support: 24 hours
  • Grouting on dry support: 2-3 hours

Mapei Fast Set

Suitable for interior and exterior use on ceramic, quarry, brick slip and porous mosaic wall and floor tiles. High bond strength.

  • Open time: 10 minutes
  • Adjustability time: about 5-10 minutes
  • Ready for traffic on dry support: 3 hours

No Nonsense Wall & Floor Tile Adhesive

Fast setting and water-resistant. For interior and exterior use on ceramic, porcelain and dark coloured stone.

  • Setting Time: 3 Hours

Rapid Setaflex

Tilemaster Rapid Setaflex is a polymer modified, flexible, rapid setting, cement based floor and wall tile adhesive with increased adhesion and reduced slip properties.

  • Pot Life: 20 Minutes
  • Walk on Time: 3 Hours
  • Grout after: 3 hours

Pre-Mixed Adhesive Dry Times

Mapegrip D2 Pre-mixed wall tile adhesive

Ready mixed, waterproof adhesive for ceramic tiles. Suitable for gypsum plaster, plasterboards, tile backer boards.

  • Open time: 20-35 minutes
  • Adjustability time: about 50 minutes
  • Grouting Time: 24 hours
  • Ready For Use: 7-14 Days

Everbuild non Slip Tile Adhesive

EVERBUILD® 701 Non Slip Tile Adhesive is an acrylic based formula for extra slip resistance and grab. Designed for general use in bathroom and kitchen areas.

  • Open Time: 20-30 Minutes
  • Cure Time: 24-72 Hours

BAL Green Star Tile Adhesive

BAL Green Star is a ready mixed and easy to apply wall tile adhesive. Suitable for fixing ceramics, mosiacs and some natural stone in dry or wet interior environments, it can also be used for domestic areas including showers, kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Open Time: 30 Minutes
  • Grouting Time: 24 Hours