Make Marble-Tiled Tabletop Waterproof
As I value any time spent helping me, I will try to be to the point and provide everything I know.
OBJECTIVE: make the table worry free in regards to spilling water, milk, etc. Basically, etch proof and low maintenance.
OBJECT: a new, somewhat cheap marble tabletop. Tiled, perhaps "marble laminate" (not sure what that means really)?
MANUFACTURER: Acme Furniture
MARBLE TYPE: not sure on exact name but is black and some dark gray, with white vains and blotches, and reasonably shiny (a similar looking image found on Google is eurasian .com/spain/marble/negro_marquina.html or images2.layoutsparks .com/1/132541/red-hot-black-marble.gif)
LONGEVITY: 10 years is good enough, beyond that is icing on the cake. I'm ok if I have to do some new coatings every >4 years, but not yearly.
CURRENT COATING: I believe it has some cheap lacquer on it. It already has some spots that, when viewed at an angle, look less shiny. Rubbing with cloth&water does nothing. Also, some small areas (mainly the thicker white ones) still feel a touch rough, but 98% of it feels smooth.
MY KNOWLEDGE: I have been reading these forums for 6+ hours. Learnt a ton but having trouble now applying to my own situation with confidence.
MY PLAN: Test area for removing the coating, Test area of new stuff over top of previously dulled areas (to see if shine returns), remove the remaining coating fully, put on the new stuff.
1. Is my type of product likely porous? My guess: partially on top, but yes between tiles.
2. What category of products will meet my needs? My guess: skip the sealers, go for a high quality catalytic lacquer (this StoneSpecific one from HDepot has a 20 year guarantee and mentions acids: custombuildingproducts .com/docs/data_sheets/SSPMSDS.pdf?user=pro&lang=en).
3. What category of products would be tempting but I should avoid because its a common mistake?
4. How worry-free am I likely to get?
5. Thoughts on silicone sealants in this case?
Thanks a bunch for any help I can get!
Last edited by ThomasTable; 04-09-2011 at 01:14 AM.