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Old 06-12-2007, 09:44 PM   #1
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Touching up chips on tiles

I just finished putting porcelein tiles around my hot tub when I centered off the tiles I unfortunately have to make a cut that would be visible. Most of the cuts I made with the wet saw turned out just fine, but the diamond blade began to dull during my last 2 cuts. I now have very little chips on the darker porcelen earth tile. What can I use to cover the little chips, marker??? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:51 PM   #2
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Hi Joey, Welcome!

Have you tried sharpening your blade at all. Check out this thread, it's really easy and makes a world of difference.

http://johnbridge.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=20672

Sorry, I read that too quickly, are your tiles already installed? If they are, is there any chance you can pull those two off without damaging the substrate or surrounding tiles?
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:09 PM   #3
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Yes they are already set and grouted it is very minor chips, but very noticable to me since I did the job.. Just a little touch would do they are the porcelen tiles that are natural looking so there is not one tile the same. I thought the grout would help cover them up, but it dried a lot liter.
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:21 PM   #4
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Oh, okay. Further along than I thought.

The only thing I can think of is to get a "conditioning stick" or "dressing stone" like these http://www.contractorsdirect.com/Til...-Tilling-Tools (about 1/3 of the way down the page), you can get one at Home Depot in the tile section, and place the corner edge of it into the grout line. I would make sure the stone creates a uniform "V" in the grout line and rub it slowly back and forth until the "chips" disappear. The edges of your grout line will be even with where the chip marks were. At this point you can scrape out the old grout (carefully) and regrout it. Your grout line will be slightly larger than the surrounding, but it will get rid of your chips.
Someone else may be along with a better idea.
Hope this helps.
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:08 PM   #5
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I've used a black permanent marker on a few pieces, they've been around a while and I havn't seen any fading. That's such a bad way out. For the times when I can fix it up right, I use a dremel with a diamond bit, work the chips off, then regrout. I get the bits off ebay, cheap and fast.

The stone that Tileart1 is talking about would be worth a try, but that porcelain's going to be hard to persuade with that brittle stone.


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Old 06-13-2007, 11:16 PM   #6
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yeah, the porcelain is tough to work to get those chips out. Any chance of calling your tile distributor and getting a couple more tiles and a new blade and replacing the tiles that are troubling you?
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:53 PM   #7
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For the cheap way out, art stores sell pigment ink pens/markers in a variety of colors. I've used these to touch up small chips and they seem to be fairly permanent (so far).

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Old 06-14-2007, 05:46 AM   #8
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Sounds crazy but here it goes. I have taken clear epoxy glue and mixed it with appliance paint you can get at any big box store. Mix until you have your desired color and carefully dab out the chips, they will be almost as hard as the tile and last you a good while.
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:03 PM   #9
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Thank you I actually went to one of the big box stores and bought some enamel and with an art brush touched the areas up. It actually worked really good. The area were I was touching up is a no traffic area so that should be fine. I also used a art marker and that seemed to work really good I just was not able to find the right color. Thank you for all the suggestions. This site has been great for a DIYer that tackcled a full master bath remodel. Bathrooms are a very detailed and challenging projects.
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