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Old 03-10-2018, 04:25 AM   #1
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Using Enhancer After Penetrator?

I just installed travertine in my bathroom and am getting ready to seal it. I was told it is a good idea to seal before applying the grout. This is my first tile floor and it was a lot of work. I donít want to screw it up now!

My wife likes the stone as it is and thus I was going to use the penetrator, however after cleaning it with a sponge I could see so many more colors and really like it.

My question is this...

If I use a penetrator first, can I come back later and use an enhancer if we decide to go that route? Or is it one or the other only?

Also, what product would anyone recommend for penetrator or enhancer?

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Old 03-10-2018, 06:07 AM   #2
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Using Enhancer After Application of Penetrator on Travertine?

I just installed travertine in my bathroom and am getting ready to seal it. I was told it is a good idea to seal before applying the grout. This is my first tile floor and it was a lot of work. I donít want to screw it up now!

My wife likes the stone as it is and thus I was going to use the penetrator, however after cleaning it with a sponge I could see so many more colors and really like it.

My question is this...

If I use a penetrator first, can I come back later and use an enhancer if we decide to go that route? Or is it one or the other only?

Also, what product would anyone recommend for penetrator or enhancer?

Thanks!
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:15 AM   #3
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Miracle brand is the sealer I've used a lot of. If you seal with the invisible sealer like the 511, it will usually keep the enhancer from working if you change your mind. If you want it enhanced, use the Enhance and seal before grouting and then again after grouting. Don't use the 511 at all.
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:54 AM   #4
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Rob, enhancing sealers are also penetrating sealers. If you use a penetrating sealer first, your enhancer will not likely enhance or, if it does, it will likely be blotchy and not at all what you really wanted.

If you want to enhance the colors of your stone, do that first while the stone is still clean and un-sealed.

[Edit] Posting the same question on multiple forums usually results in confusion and duplication of effort on the part of our all-volunteer army of helpers, Rob. Please post your question just once.

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I would also suggest testing on a spare piece of tile.
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Thanks for your help! Sorry for the duplicate posts. Submitted the second one in a different forum, but then couldnít figure out how to delete the first.
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Grout and Sealer Questions - Please Help

Grout

I have been looking at the Mapei Flexcolor CQ premixed grout ($44 a gallon) versus the standard Mapei sanded grout and additive ($29 for both). The premixed says it doesnít need to be sealed (although I would), has better color unifornity and better crack resistance. Has anyone used this? Is it worth the higher price, especially since I donít have to mix it? Any opinions of Mapei grout in general? Suggestions for other brands?

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I have been looking at the 511 Penetrator sealant ($30 per quart). Today, I saw 511 Porous Penetrator sealant ($74 per quart). I installed a pretty porous, unfilled travertine floor and am wondering if it is worth paying the extra $45 per quart?

This is my first tile floor and it was a lot of work. It came out pretty decent for my first time and I donít want to screw it up. Any suggestions or advice would be most appreciated!
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