TEC® Ultimate Premixed Mortar (130)

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TEC® Ultimate Premixed Mortar (130) is a premium, ready-to-use adhesive that is excellent for setting ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, quarry, and mosaic tile on interior floors and walls. Recommended for wall and floor applications with tile up to 20" x 20". The lightweight composition offers easy troweling, non-slip wall performance, and non-slump floor performance. If mortar meeting ANSI A118.4 is required, TEC Ultimate Premixed Mortar may be used for glass tile up to 8" x 8".

Product Type: Mortar

Application Area: Quarry Tiles

Features: Fast Drying, Good Adhesion, Mildew Resistant, Mold Resistance

Technical Data Sheet
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Identification & Functionality

Features & Benefits

Ready-to-Use Product Features
Key Attributes
  • For tile and stone up to 20" x 20" on walls and floors
  • Lightweight—non-slip performance on walls, non-slump on floors.
  • Exceeds ANSI A136.1 Type I & II Specifications
  • Creamy, easy to use formula

Applications & Uses

Application Area
Compatible Substrates & Surfaces
Approved Substrates

When properly prepared, suitable substrates include:

  • Cured portland cement plaster
  • Gypsum wallboard (walls only)
  • Exterior Grade Plywood - APA Grade Trademarked Exposure 1 or better
  • Cementitious backer units (CBU)
  • Fiber cement underlayment
  • Coated glass mat backerboard
  • Well cured, moisture tested concrete not subject to dampness or moisture vapor emissions. Installations where concrete is damp or the concrete is subject to moisture vapor emissions can fail.
  • Not for use in conjunction with PVC heating mats or coils, or over polyethylene membranes.
  • Not for use over anti-fracture & waterproofing membranes, sheets or mats.
  • Not for use on shower floors or pans, in steam rooms, in steam showers, swimming pools, or any place that will receive standing water.
  • Not for use for leveling or in excess of trowel recommendations.
  • Not for use on any non-porous substrate.
  • Not for exterior use.
  • Not for use where temperature will exceed 120ºF.
  • Do not use over surfaces such as tempered hardboard, pressboard, cement asbestos board, particle board, oriented strand board, lauan plywood, gypsum patches, synthetic flooring (linoleum, asphalt and vinyl tile) or similar unstable substrates.
  • Not for use with green marble, or to installll resin backed marble or resin backed aggregate marble.
  • Not for setting any marble over plywood floors or plywood countertops.
  • Not for setting ceramic accessories such as towel bars, soap dishes, and grab bars.
  • Not to be used underneath most backerboards. (Check manufacturer instructions.)
Application Instructions

Surface Preparation:

  • All surfaces must be clean, dry, free of dirt, dust, grease, oil, loose paint, wallpaper, and residues of old adhesive, or any foreign matter which might impair adhesion where Ultimate Premixed Mortar is spread. Painted enameled walls and floors must be thoroughly scored or sanded to insure a bond to the original base wall or floor. Do not sand any floors or adhesives that are known or suspected to contain asbestos. Installations where concrete is damp or the concrete is subject to moisture vapor emissions can fail.
  • Exterior Grade Plywood Floors-Wood subflooring must be structurally sound and securely fastened with screw type or ring shank nails and adhesive. Plywood flooring should be free from dust, dirt, oil, grease, etc. Follow TCNA Installation Detail F142.
  • Cementitious Backer Units-Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Coated Glass Mat Backerboard-Reference TCNA Installation Details F146, W245, B419 or B420.


  • The adhesive, tile, and room should be maintained at a minimum temperature of 60ºF for 24 hours prior to Installation. The minimum 60ºF temperature must be maintained during the entire installation, and for a minimum of 48 hours following. Use a 3⁄16" x 5⁄32" V-notched trowel for installation of tile up to 6" x 6". For tiles larger than 6" x 6", use a 1⁄4" x 1⁄4" x 1⁄4" square-notched trowel. For tiles 12" x 12" to 20" x 20", use a 1⁄4" x 3⁄8" x 1⁄4" square-notched trowel.
  • Only apply the amount of adhesive to surface that can be tiled over in 15 minutes. Do not set tile if skin has formed on the adhesive. This time will vary with the temperature, humidity, and the substrate. Apply the adhesive to the substrate first with the flat side of the trowel. Then comb with the notched side of the trowel in one direction. Firmly press tiles into the adhesive and move them perpendicularly across the ridges. Do not slide tiles against each other. Periodically remove and check a tile to assure complete coverage. 
  • Cure times will vary with size and porosity of tile and porosity of floor (porcelain tiles take considerably longer to cure), humidity and temperature (cooler temperatures will extend set times). Typical floor installations take longer to cure. No traffic is permitted on tiles prior to curing. Grouting may begin once adhesive is firmly set up. Up to 6" x 6" wall tiles require wait time of 6 hours or longer. Over 6" x 6" tile or any floor tile application requires at least 12-24 hours. Check to determine readiness by trying to twist the tile and see if it moves. If it does, additional cure time is required. If the tile won’t twist but you hear a wet suction sound when the tile is stepped on, additional cure time is also required. The use of TEC® brand grouts is highly recommended.
  • Full cure takes at least 48-72 hours depending on conditions. The finished installation must be protected from freezing until completely cured.
  • For glass tile, refer to manufacturer's specifications. For marble and granite installations, test in an inconspicuous area as diskoloration may occur. Most diskoloration disappears after 30 days. For proper curing, do not abut marble tiles together.

Note: It is the sole responsibility of the installer to determine the suitability and compatibility of the adhesive for the intended application.

Clean-up: While adhesive is still fresh, clean tools, hands, and excess materials from face of tile with warm soapy water. Dried adhesive must be removed with mineral spirits. 


Physical Form
Physical Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Open Time (at 22°C)20 - 35Minutes-
VOC/Liter of Material27grams less water-
Foot Traffic RatingResidential to light commercial-ASTM C627

Technical Details & Test Data

TEC® Ultimate Premixed Mortar (130) Test Data

Applicable Standards: Meets ANSI A136.1 Type I & II Specifications

TEC Ultimate Premixed Mortar (130)
Description ANSI Requirement Typical Results
Shear Strength
28 Day, Room Temperature
Type I Water Immersion
After Accelerated Heat Aging

> 50 psi (0.34 MPa)
> 50 psi (0.34 MPa)
> 75% dry shear strength retention

500 psi (3.42 MPa)
150 psi (1.03 MPa)
Heat Resistance Maintains at least 10 lb. (4.5 kg) static load in shear at 120°F (49°C) for 24 hours Passes
Impact Test All tiles remain bonded after impact Passes
Stain Test < 70% penetration Passes
Stability in Storage 4 weeks minimum Passes
Resistance to Mold Growth No mold growth Passes
Tested in accordance with American National Standards for Organic Adhesives for Installation of Ceramic Tile-ANSI A136.1, Type I

Packaging & Availability

Packaging Type
Packaging and Coverage
3.5 gallon plastic pail (13.24 L) Product #15035495
1 gallon plastic pail (3.78 L) Product #15035496
1 quart plastic pail (946 mL) Product #15035497
10.5 Fl. Oz. cartridge (310 mL) Product #15036266

Coverage: Coverage will vary with type of substrate. Coverages below are approximations. Do not exceed trowel recommendations. 

Tile Size Trowel Size Approximate Coverage in ft2 (m2)
1 quart
(946 mL)
1 gallon
(3.78 L)
3.5 gallon
(13.24 L)
10.5 Fl. Oz.
(310 mL)
Up to 6" x 6"
(150 x 150 mm)
3⁄16" x 5⁄32"
(4.5 x 4 mm)
V-notch trowel
using a
1⁄4" (6mm)
6" x 6" – 12" x 12"
(150 x 150 mm – 300 x 300 mm)
1⁄4" x 1⁄4" x 1⁄4"
(6 x 6 x 6 mm)
square-notch trowel
12" x 12" – 20" x 20"
(300 x 300 mm – 508 x 508 mm)
1⁄4" x 3⁄8" x 1⁄4"
(6 x 9 x 6 mm)
square-notch trowel

Storage & Handling

Shelf Life
max. 12 Months
Storage & Shelf Life
  • Protect from freezing. Store in cool, dry location.
  • Shelf Life: Maximum 1 year from date of manufacture in properly stored, unopened package.