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Old 01-17-2007, 04:01 PM   #46
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Arrow Grout Color Test

OK,

Since you guys donít agree Iím going to take all of your advice.
What Iím going to do is take Scooterís advice and Trampusís advice and make some test boards. Iím also going to take Shaughnnís advice and because Iím going to test only white and grey. And Iím probably going to try more than one shade of grey.
All kidding aside I think this is the best way to do it Ė put some spare tile down and do some test grouting.
Like I said I donít want to screw this thing up at this stage and this is the only way I will feel comfortable.

Thanks for all the tips. Now I will use them to sort out the solution.

Thanks,
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Old 01-17-2007, 04:26 PM   #47
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I make up such boards all the time for customers. For tile, For Wooden Trim, for Paint, and other stuff. This is what an interior designer or architect might do if he was spec'ing the job.
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Old 02-12-2007, 04:56 PM   #48
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Hello to all..

Been gone skiing to Canada.

Before I left I did some test boards as discussed above after which the wife and I selected SpectraLOCK Pro Silver Shadow. It is a light grey which reads almost white but does provide some definition to the hextiles. I have grouted the floor with it and it looks great. The wife loves it. Thanks for all the tips!!

That means that I have almost finished this project. I need to install the marble thresholds at the two doors and caulk the perimeter. Laticrete has a matching caulk.

I am using Thassos White marble thresholds that I had fabricated. I think I need to seal them before I install them and I am considering using an Aqua Mix product, either Sealers Choice Gold which is water based or Ultra-Solv which is solvent based. They are both penetrating sealers.

I would appreciate any comments on the appropriateness
of these sealers.

Should I post this question on the Cleaning, Restoration And Sealing Forum instead?
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Old 02-12-2007, 04:58 PM   #49
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I like the water based Aqua Mix better.
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:52 PM   #50
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Thanks, Scooter.

I'll use the water based sealer. Now all I have to do is find some in pint size and then get back to work.
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Old 06-25-2007, 11:10 PM   #51
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OK, Itís been awhile.

Iíve been in and out of town, working on other projects, and the computer has been down for a time.

In the interim Iíve finished my hex tile bathroom project.

As I mentioned earlier I selected the SpectraLOCK Pro Silver Shadow and it turned out great. Next I installed my Thassos White marble thresholds after triple sealing them with Aqua Mix Seaalers Choice Gold. Then I caulked the perimeter with Latisil which is not a dead on match but very close. The only thing left to do was to install the new toilet and the project was complete.

I think it turned out great! Pictures follow---

Needless to say I couldnít have done it without all of your help and advice. Thanks to you all Ė Scooter in particular.
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Ed,
That is a beautiful looking job. The floor looks fantastic and the material choices all work cohesively. Absolutely, GREAT JOB!
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PS: My wife just looked over my shoulder and said, "Wow, that's nice!"
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I couldn't get these Pics in the last post. -- Thought you might want to see the details.
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Old 06-26-2007, 04:48 AM   #54
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Nice job! I see a lot of planning and thought in your work.
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Very nice, Ed

I've always liked that tile style..... if'n I look at it long enough it kinda' turns 'three-dee' and jumps out at me.

Gives me sumpin' to entertain myself while waitin'.
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Old 06-27-2007, 03:16 PM   #56
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Arrow Finished -- On to the next project. - Ed.

Thanks for the comments guys. It wouldn't have been possible without you!

Shaughnn, Thanks for your advice. You and Scooter were both a great help.

Scooter, are you out there?
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Old 06-27-2007, 03:59 PM   #57
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Oh yeah--I'm here.

If you wanna a day job, I have some tile work for you.
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Old 06-28-2007, 03:03 PM   #58
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Arrow "If you wanna a day job"?

Hey Scooter -- I'm "retired". I've got 71 years behind me now! Besides, I've got more than a full time job here at home. I'm a compulsive DIYer, some would say pathological.

A few years back I single handed a brand new clay tile roof on my house -- I pulled the old shingle roof -- did some structural work and dryrot repairs -- then new 5/8" plywood sheathing -- underlayment -- then tile. San Franando valley in July and August. Neighbors thought I was nuts!

Next I have a floor to do in one more room -- but that's another story. I've got a few questions coming up on that project too but I'll probably go back to my other thread or start a new one for that.

Thanks for keeping me on the right track!
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Great looking work Ed !
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