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Old 12-11-2010, 10:19 PM   #1
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Buffing out scratches in travertine floor

Ive been asked to take remove a series of deep scratches in a 3/4'' thick 202x20 travertine floor.

I actually used my wet polisher (alpha vsp 120) 100-3000 to try and polish them out,but didnt go as expected.One problem might be the sealer.I didnt strip it,and and the spots I buffed obviously need to be resealed.I have no idea what the original sealer was and were not able to find out at this point.Some of the spots I buffed out the scratches are still visible somewhat,but I spent waaaay too much time on this.Im thinkin after I seasl it it might not be as noticeable,but I dont wanna use a sealer that really makes it stand out.were trying to acheive the continual look.

Any easy fixes?

Also the floor has a lot of noticable streaks and stuff.Homeowner wants a quote to buff the whole floor,but Im so outta my comfort zone on this.Need advice on this one fellas.Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-12-2010, 04:48 AM   #2
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Blending in a spot is tough sometimes,you didn't say if it was polished,but since you went that high on the grit i assume it is.
When taking out scratches you must run the first grit long enough to get the scratch invisible.A squeegee helps to pull off the slurry to see what you've got.The other scratches from the pads are taken out with the other grits as you go.
Sometimes it's easier to just replace the tile.
Did you use a polishing powder for the final polish?This is probably what is making the tiles look different and not a sealer.

If i were you i wouldn't take on repolishing that floor till you get a handle on those tiles to see what works.Remember test, test, test.Try some Craftmans Polish with a white pad,that seems to work for me.You could also use some Mira Dust.Sometimes you need to try a few different products.

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