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Old 02-24-2009, 10:48 PM   #1
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River rock clear coating?

Hi all - found this forum while trying to find a solution to my problem, and it looks like I hopefully found the right place - hoping you'll be able to help!

We're currently renovating a bathroom, and putting in a slate tile floor. Now, what we'd like to do is run a small (~6" wide), winding 'river' of river rock/pebbles down the middle of the floor. That part isn't a problem. The issue is, we'd like to cover/coat it with some kind of clear polyurethane or something to a) seal it, and b) bring it up to the level of the surrounding tile. Basically, my wife wants the look, without having to worry about cleaning up dirt, etc stuck between the rocks, or someone tripping on the uneven part of the floor (and yes, we realize that the slate itself won't be perfectly level, but it's pretty close).

Now, we've seen this done in a showhome once a few years ago, and it looked really nice - but I have no idea what product they used over the rock. Can I just pick up some generic clear polyurethane or something from my local home store to seal/cover it with, or should I go with something else? My concerns are basically:
1) Needs to be waterproof (it is a bathroom floor)
2) Worried about it yellowing/discolouring with age
3) Durability/resistance to scratching, etc.

Any suggestions would be appreciated! I've tried searching, and found lots of posts about people using river rock in showers, etc, but nothing quite like what we're doing.

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Old 02-24-2009, 11:20 PM   #2
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Hi Dirk, welcome to the forum.

Sounds like you need an enhancing sealer. Let's move you over to the sealing/resto forum for their input.
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:42 AM   #3
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and b) bring it up to the level of the surrounding tile.
I'm not sure just a sealer is what they are after. It almost sounds like they want to completely submerge the stone portion in a clear coat, to the point where the top of the clear coat is dead smooth. Is this right?
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Old 02-25-2009, 06:33 PM   #4
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I'm not sure just a sealer is what they are after. It almost sounds like they want to completely submerge the stone portion in a clear coat, to the point where the top of the clear coat is dead smooth. Is this right?
That's exactly correct - we're looking to make it so that the top is smooth, and even with the surrounding tile.
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If you do some looking around they sell a sliced pebble now that has the same look as the mosiac pebbles only with a flat gauged surface. Ill try to find the brand.
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Your looking for a product that isn't a sealer or a clear coat. If you want to completely cover and flush the product to the floor you need a casting resin. Look in the plastics industry...We have a store 'round here called TAP Plastics. They have that kind of product.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:25 PM   #7
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Jeremy,
I bet your thinking Island Stone.......
Hmmmm... or maybe Strata Stone....
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Hello Dirk,
Welcome to the form
Have you already purchased your river rock? I ask this because I was sitting here thinking of how I would cover meshed pebbles with a resin. Well, I would not recommend it. I really do not think you'll get the results your after. Controling bubbles, yellowing, seperating etc... I think the options I might recommend would be... search for this ALREADY done in the factory. It would be a safer way to go about this.

On another note, if your main concern with this floor is really just the unevenness of the pebble's. Then Jeremy has you in the right direction with the "sliced" pebble, but I will bring it one step further. You may want to look at a "flat" pebble instead of the sliced and that way you can have the grout flush with the stone. The slices still had the depth of the pebble with a flat sliced top.... the "flat" gives you the full view of the pebble stone.

Hope this helps on your quest
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Thanks for the welcome!

Yes, we've already purchased the rock - but it might not be too late to change if I can reach our contractor in time.

I've tried looking for something pre-done, but I haven't really found anything. If someone knows of something, that might be another option.

Would you happen to know where I could find a picture or something of the "flat" pebble you mentioned? It sounds like it might also work.

In the meantime, I guess I'll start looking for plastics companies.
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heres what i mentioned earlier. Scroll down to "wave mosiac pebble" I think you might look into something like this. The clearcoat overlay thing might work, but would leave me rather bothersome.
http://www.krystalgardens.com/mosaic_stone_tiles.htm
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heres what i mentioned earlier. Scroll down to "wave mosiac pebble" I think you might look into something like this. The clearcoat overlay thing might work, but would leave me rather bothersome.
http://www.krystalgardens.com/mosaic_stone_tiles.htm
Thanks very much for the link - that definitely looks like a possibility as well. Wish I'd known about that earlier
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