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Titebond 920 Clear Thin-Spread Tile Adhesive

Titebond® 920 is an environmentally-safe, pressure sensitive, acrylic latex flooring adhesive for the installation of vinyl composition tiles. Its high tack and fast drying capabilities help relieve edge curl on VCT and minimize tile movement. The adhesive also dries clear so that layout lines remain visible during installation. It has a maximum open time of 72 hours* to allow for long installations and repositionability. The adhesive is also designed to permit easy removal of flooring when needed. It may be used over standard construction and selected sealed surfaces. Titebond 920 contains no volatile solvents, no hazardous materials and no carcinogens. There is no unpleasant or lingering odor. It is freeze/thaw stable, nonflammable, water-resistant and non-toxic.

  • Advanced acrylic latex technology for strong bond strength
  • Pressure sensitive properties with extended open time for easy placement and repositionability
  • Designed for VCT and foam backed hardwood parquet in heavy traffic areas
  • High moisture limitation

Revised August 2016

  • 7 lbs. or 90% RH moisture limitation

  • Adhesive dries clear so layout lines remain visible during installation

  • High tack to minimize tile movement

  • 72 hour* open time for repositionability

  • Adhesive designed for easy floor removal when needed

  • Freeze/thaw stable

  • Water-resistant

  • Nonflammable

  • Non-toxic

Type: Latex Calculated VOC: 19.04 g/L Color : Beige Flashpoint : > 200 °F.(Pensky-Martin Closed Cup) Weight Per Gallon : 9.26 lbs. Solids : 64.5% Freeze/thaw Stability : Stable (5 cycles at 20 °F.) Viscosity : Roller, trowel or spray grade Storage Life : 24 months in tightly closed container


Trowel recommendations and coverage
Vinyl composition tile (VCT)
  • Trowel Size - 1/32" U-notch
  • Coverage - 250 Sq. ft. per gallon
 U-notch trowel

Square-notch trowel
  • Trowel Size - 1/16" Square-notch
  • Coverage - 150 Sq. ft. per gallon
Foam backed hardwood parquet
  • Trowel Size - 3/32" Square-notch
  • Coverage - 135 Sq. ft. per gallon
 Square-notch trowel
  • Trowel Size - 1/8" Square-notch
  • Coverage - 99 Sq. ft. per gallon

Suitable Substrates

Refer to the flooring manufacturer’s specific recommendations for suitable substrates. Porous: Concrete, well-bonded cementitious underlayments, APA grade underlayment plywood (untreated) and radiant-heated subfloors where temperatures do not exceed 85°F (29.4°C) on all grade levels. Also can be used over well-bonded, properly primed gypsum underlayments (above-grade only). Non-porous: Ceramic tile, terrazzo, marble, certain epoxy coatings and existing well-bonded resilient flooring (not perimeter bonded or cushion-backed). Please note that all substrates must be sound, solid and well-bonded.

Subfloor Preparation

All substrates must be clean, dry, structurally sound, properly cured and free of dirt, oil, paint, old adhesive, wax, sealers and curing agents. General scouring with 20 grit or #3 1/2 open-coat sandpaper will remove most compounds. All loose materials must be vacuumed from the surface after scouring. The subfloor must be flat to a tolerance of 3/16” in a 10’ radius. Grinding concrete floors is preferred over the use of filling compounds. If filling/flattening compounds are used, they must be Portland-based cementitious material and have a compressive strength equal to or greater than 3000 psi when cured. Moisture level in concrete subfloor will fluctuate. Any cementitious material used must be rated for the highest moisture content possible. Consult the cementitious material manufacturer’s application directions. Use of adhesive over lightweight concrete and all gypsum-based materials requires the use of an approved concrete primer prior to application of adhesive.

Floor Covering Recommendations

Vinyl composition tile (VCT), foam backed hardwood parquet.

Installation Recommendations

Franklin 920 may be applied by roller, brush, trowel or airless adhesive gun. On smooth surfaces, use a 1/32" U-notch trowel at the rate of 250 square feet per gallon. On rougher surfaces, use a 1/16" square-notch trowel at the rate of 150 square feet per gallon. By roller, brush or spray, apply at the rate of 135 square feet per gallon on smooth surfaces and apply heavier on rough surfaces. Minimum open time is 20 minutes, or until adhesive becomes nearly clear and no longer transfers to the finger when lightly touched. Set tiles in place carefully because they will not slide. Roll within 12 hours with a heavy linoleum roller. Restrict heavy traffic for 24 hours.


Allow adhesive to dry well before exposing installation to cleaning. Use water to remove adhesive spots and clean tools.

CAUTION: Do not sand, scour or abrade any material that is suspected of containing asbestos fibers. Asbestos is known to cause cancer. Federal law requires that asbestos be handled by a licensed and certified hazardous materials contractor.

SUBFLOOR MOISTURE CHECK & ALKALI Concrete subfloors should be tested for moisture prior to installation. Moisture levels cannot be greater than 7 lbs./1000 sq.ft./24 hours on a Calcium Chloride Test (ASTM F1869), or relative humidity (RH) of 90% or less when tested with an in situ probe (ASTM F2170). Alkali needs to be checked and should be in the range of 5-9. When installing directly over wood subfloors the moisture content of the subfloor should be 13% or less.

LIMITATIONS: Do not use over high alkaline concrete (over 9.0 pH). Do not use over or under solid vinyl tile or sheets goods. Do not store below freezing. Use in well-ventilated area. Warranty covers subfloor moisture resistance but does not cover damage from flooding or other surface moisture contamination.

Download Titebond 920 warranty information
WARNING. Causes skin and eye irritation. Wear protective gloves, and eye or face protection. Wash hands thoroughly after handling. FIRST AID: IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. IF SKIN IRRITATION OCCURS: Get medical attention. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove any contact lenses and continue rinsing. IF EYE IRRITATION PERSISTS: Get medical attention. For additional information, refer to Safety Data Sheet.
Part No.SizeWeight(lbs.)UPCCase UPCUnits Per PackagePackages Per Pallet
92344 Gallon Pail44.12 037083092349 136
Franklin International will honor the applicable terms of any resilient floor manufacturer’s current published adhesive warranty or subfloor moisture warranty (where applicable) when the flooring was installed using Titebond 920 Clear Thin-Spread Tile Adhesive in accordance with product instructions and the instructions of the resilient floor manufacturer.*

Franklin International will also warrant Titebond 920 to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of manufacture, if the product has been installed in accordance with the Franklin Specification Guide and the installation instructions furnished with the product. In the event of loss of adhesion of Titebond 920 due to product defect, Franklin International will reimburse the customer for the cost of labor and materials necessary to repair or replace the affected area(s) of the installed resilient flooring.

* Any and all addendums or changes to the vinyl floor manufacturer’s warranties will be reflected in the execution of Franklin International’s warranty immediately upon release by the vinyl floor manufacturer. The effective date of said changes and addendums will dictate coverage by Franklin International in relations to the date of installation.

As Franklin International is honoring the applicable terms of all vinyl floor manufactures’ current published warranties, Franklin International will also require the same jobsite preparations and installation instructions that accompany each warranty in question.
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