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Old 01-09-2018, 09:56 AM   #4
John Bridge
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Hi Arizonar,

I used to live in Pheonix, and I did a fair amount of Saltillo work back in the day. You don't have real Saltillo, which is very rustic and irregular in shape, color and texture. I think your tile might have been made in the states.

In any case, it's similar to Saltillo tile, and outdoors it can be either sealed with a penetrating sealer or left as is. If you're going to seal it I recommend Thompson's Water Seal or similar. Do not use a topical coating on it, and I wouldn't worry about stripping it.
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