Tavy Thin Skin Tile Underlayment 100 Sq. FT Roll

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TAVY Thin-Skin Tile Underlayment 100 Sq. ft. Roll

Add the classic touch of tile to any room!


  • Two Part Underlayment System was developed to provide an underlayment for tile that could be installed over any surface without adding additional height to the sub-floor
  • The Thin-Skin System is so simple that it can be installed by both professionals and DIYers
  • Can be used with either modified or non-modified thinset mortar


  • Tested by Tile Council of America
  • No need to buy or install nails/screws
  • Increase tiling applications by eliminating tear outs of existing surfaces
  • Allows for tile or stone to be set on any surface
  • Lightweight and easier to transport (less than 15 lbs. per 100 square feet) NO dusty mess to clean up
  • NO additional height added to any surface as opposed to current underlayments
  • NO waste, all TAVY Thin-Skin Underlayment pieces are usable regardless of size and shape
  • 25% - 50% lower cost than other underlayments
  • One roll of TAVY Thin-Skin Underlayment 2.5' X 40' and one gallon of TAVY Thin-Skin #007 Glue will cover 100 square feet
  • Thin-Skin Underlayment is ideal for making templates for difficult cuts
  • Minimize overall load weight
  • Crack suppression up to 1/8" over concrete
  • Can Not Be Used For Waterproofing

Steps to installing the TAVY THIN-SKIN Two-Part Tile Underlayment System

  • 1. Clean the sub-surface of debris
  • 2. Spread TAVY Thin-Skin #007 Glue
  • 3. Install TAVY Thin-Skin Underlayment
  • 4. Skim coat TAVY Thin-Skin Underlayment with mortar
  • 5. Start setting tile!


  • Pencil, knife or scissors, 5/32" v-notched trowel (minimum), 5/32" v-notched spatula, latex modified mortar, putty knife and margin trowel
Questions & Answers
6 questions

Does this product keep tile or grout from cracking?

This product is designed for crack suppression for up to 1/8" over a concrete substrate.

Can I use Tavy on shower walls? Do I need an extra waterproofing?

This product is not intended for waterproofing applications. For adequate waterproofing, we recommend Laticrete Hydro Ban or water proof sheet membrane.

Can this product be used on painted concrete block walls? We have a basement shower made of concrete block. It's painted green and I hate the color, but the paint is in perfect condition -- no flaking or peeling. I'd like to update with subway tiles, but have seen that it's not advisable to tile over painted block. Would this work?

The Tavy Thin Skin adhesive can stick to just about any dust-free surface typically found in a home. It will adhere to a painted surface. The wall tile adhesion will ultimately rely on the quality of bond between the current painted surface and concrete block.

Should I be using a non-modified thin set mortar when setting tiles over this product?

You can use either modified or non-modified thinset mortar over Tavy Thin Skin, whichever you prefer.

How long does it take for your Tavy "glue" to dry once the Tavy thin skin is applied? I am going over linoleum.

Tavy instructs to apply the thin-skin directly onto the glue once it has been applied. After installation of thin-skin, you will spread a thin layer of mortar onto the thin-skin. Once the mortar has dried you may begin setting tile.

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Ratings & Reviews

12 reviews

6/26/2015 11:28 am

David Borst

by David -

Works great!

7/19/2015 11:38 pm

Paper isn't a problem, but then there's the glue!

by Willie K -

Other than the fact that the paper tends to roll itself back up rather than lying flat, the glue holds it down well. The problem is the glue, which quickly builds up a sticky film on tools and hands, tends to leave sticky messes where the excess squeezes out from the seams and stays tacky for days.

9/16/2016 11:34 am

great product

by Dan

worked great for going over 60's vct on a cement slab. due to costly removal and a timely delay the customer wanted a solution and that's when we found the system. easily installed and once it was skimmed it was hard as a rock. the tile has bonded and we will see how it does in the long run. no issues 3 weeks out. Although there is no warranty offered with going over the old flooring in this manner I hope for the best. the customer is extremely happy. and it saved them 5000 dollars due to the old tile containing asbestos.

1/24/2019 4:20 pm

Super Product

by EJ

I used the Tavy Thin Skin with the 007 Adhesive....both worked phenomenally. I decided to tile the vertical surface of my kitchen island which is painted wood. Because I was placing the tile inside and inset area, I could not use backer board etc.
Thin skin adheres to the Tavy glue so well. I just pre-cut the pieces(use gloves), spread the adhesive evenly, then laid the paper over the top. Remove air bubbles by smoothing the paper with a wide putty knife.
I let the areas dry over night then trowled on a thin layer of mortar to created a rough surface.
Everything went off without a hitch and my tiles look great. As a first-time user, I don't think it could be any easier. Just remember to use gloves and mask off other areas because the adhesive is super tacky.
My project turned out perfectly and I have Tavy to thank

7/15/2019 3:52 pm

On top of their game!

by PappaDukes

Their awesome - just order, you wont be disappointed.

11/8/2019 11:21 am


by Ray

received this item in a decent time frame and it worked very well.