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TEC® introduces new category of exterior adhesive


Ready-to-use TotalFlex XMS Tile Adhesive first to provide solutions for demanding applications: gauged porcelain panels, extreme temperatures, and submerged water use

TEC®, a leaderin tile and flooring preparation and installation products, introduces its TotalFlex® XMS Tile Adhesive, launching a new category of adhesive to provide solutions for the most demanding jobs.  

“Our team is exclusively dedicated to developing tile and flooring installation products,” said Mike Bobak, Director of Sales. “This industry focus, coupled with our growing team of pioneering developers, allows us to bring some of the most innovative, high-quality products to the market.”

After years of testing numerous formulations, TotalFlex XMS Tile Adhesive is now available as the only ready-to-use, modified silane adhesive, ideal for exterior gauged porcelain panels, submerged applications and range of temperature conditions that is unmatched.  The accelerated curing formulation also provides robust non-sag/non-slump adhesion, combined with long open time and extra smooth troweling. 

“We’re committed to innovation and collaboration with our customers and developed TotalFlex XMS Tile Adhesive as a solution to make challenging tile installation projects easier and faster,” said John Anderson, Senior Product Manager, H.B. Fuller Construction Adhesives (parent company of the TEC® brand).  “We put the product under rigorous testing — from freeze and thaw cycles — to long term chlorine water submersions to simulate a pool.   The ultimate test was adhering gauged porcelain tile panels to the exterior of a complex commercial project, and everyone involved was excited about the product performance.”  

TotalFlex XMS adhesive is premixed and requires only a single side application, cutting labor time in half versus the use of traditional cement-based mortars.  The tile adhesive can be used for multiple applications, such as interior and exterior walls and countertops, water features and showers, porcelain, glass, metal, stone, and resin-backed tiles, including large format.  TotalFlex XMS Tile Adhesive is available nationwide in 4-gallon (15.1 L) plastic pails through select TEC distributors.  A complete list of distributors can be found here.