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Old 06-26-2010, 02:57 PM   #1
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To fill or not to fill

We are installing a 4x4 travertine backsplash in our kitchen. My wife doesn't want to fill the holes in the travertine , but we didn't know if you had to or not. Any input on this ?
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Old 06-26-2010, 03:50 PM   #2
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Welcome, Jason.

Filling or not filling the voids in Travertine is a purely aesthetic choice, but do consider that those voids in a kitchen backsplash application are likely to get filled with something over the years.

Might wanna see if Mrs. Jason has considered that.

If you don't wanna fill the voids, masking the surface of each tile prior to grouting is about the only effective method of keepin' the grout out of'em.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Old 06-26-2010, 03:51 PM   #3
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Jason,

Welcome to the forum.

On this forum we follow a strict rule; Whatever Mrs Jason wants.

Simple, easy to understand.

In order to not get grout in the holes, she'll be putting blue painters tape over the surface of each tile, leaving the edges open for grout. She'll have to do this on every tile that has holes in it. When she's done, you can grout. After grouting, pull the tape off each tile. Let that set until the grout cures. Then seal.

Everyone's happy.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:58 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. You both sound happily married and know how to stay that way. I do appreciate the advice and all the info this board has to offer
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CX plenty happy on accounta he is not married.

Paul will gotta speak for hisownself.
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