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Old 01-21-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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What will add shiny finish to porcelain tiles before or after sealing them

I just have someone install porcelain tiles on my shower wall
and bathroom floor. Obviously I need to seal them. But the tile
looks dull. I wonder what will add shiny finish to porcelain tiles.
What products are recommended?
Before or after sealing the tiles and grout ?

Thanks a lot.

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Old 01-21-2012, 04:20 PM   #2
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sorry, nothing you can add to the porcelain tile to make them shiny.

are your tiles porcelain and a matte finish ?
you can seal unglazed porcelain but shiny wont happen.
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:33 PM   #3
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can I use BOTH Penetrating Sealant and high gloss Sealant

Looks like Penetrating Sealant is for the long term, good for grout and porcelain.
In order to make it shine, need to use topical/high gloss Sealant.

So can I use Penetrating Sealant first and then high gloss Sealant
at the same time on my porcelain tiles ??
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:43 PM   #4
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Use BOTH Penetrating Sealant & high gloss Sealant ?

can I use BOTH Penetrating Sealant and high gloss Sealant
Looks like Penetrating Sealant is for the long term, good for grout and porcelain.
In order to make it shine, need to use topical/high gloss Sealant.

So can I use Penetrating Sealant first and then high gloss Sealant
at the same time on my unglazed porcelain tiles ??
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:58 PM   #5
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Lucy, you should probasbly run some tests on a few leftover pieces before comitting to anything.

I have to ask, you picked these tiles out to start with, right?

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Old 01-21-2012, 05:15 PM   #6
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Lucy,

you just started this thread 56 mins ago.
http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...ad.php?t=98725

the mods like 1 thread per discussion.
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In woodworking they do this al the time, the penetrating being the stain, the poly as the protection. Some even use different finishes for different looks, for example, I've used a semi gloss for the first coat, and a satin for the second coat of poly for a sheen between the two.

Since tile isn't wood, definitely run some tests, as geuze said, but in theory, it should work!!
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Old 01-21-2012, 06:47 PM   #8
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Depends....
The solvents in the 2nd sealant may wear off some of the previous sealant.
Should be able to layer, just depends on product combo
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:48 PM   #9
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Hi Lucy, Welcome!

I'm going to split you off into a new thread.

Regarding your question, no you can't apply the topical over an impregnating sealer. It's not suggested, nor will you get a good bond.
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Hi Lucy

I'm merging your thread to a single thread in the Restoration forum. As Brian said, we need to keep everything together.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:23 PM   #11
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Not to hijack this thread or anything but isn't porcelain, even unglazed, impervious to almost anything?

If so, not much is going to stick to it, or penetrate?
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Hi Geoff

You're not hijacking, it's a valid question.

We normally recommend sealing polished porcelain tiles (because of the micro fissures).

I also seal the honed tile while sealing the grout. Yes, they are impervious, but they do have a small percentage of absorption. Solvent and water based sealers react differently as well.

As long as the sealer doesn't leave a noticeable film (because it wasn't buffed off), it's my opinion that sealing is an option.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:33 PM   #13
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You're right, sealing is an option but I don't think a penetrating sealer will be of much use. Also, with porcelain, if she does decide to seal, only 1 sealer will do. No need to impregnate and use a topical sealer.
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