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Unread 09-04-2016, 10:03 PM   #1
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Darkening Marble Tile or Marble Tile Removal

Our tile guy installed our 8x16 polished white marble carrera in our master shower without doing a dry run. Now, we have a few tiles that are clearly whiter than the majority of the other tiles. Is there an enhancer you would recommend to darken these up so that they are a less noticeable whiter color? We tried a Custom aquamix enhancer and another enhancer that had the "ice" in the name. Nothing seems to work as the tile looks exactly the same when we apply the enhancer? Any recommendation? Could the fact that it be polished be preventing the enhancer from working?

If this doesn't work, we would need to remove the tile but really worried that this is going to damage the other tiles and more importantly, the dense glass behind it causing a water leak in the future. We would really appreciate any techniques to help us safely remove the tiles.

Super disappointed but hoping this group can help us fix this mess. Please help!
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Unread 09-04-2016, 10:49 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Armina.

Sorry to hear of your troubles.

1) Were all the tiles set at the same time, or is there any chance that the lighter tiles were the very last tiles to be installed?
2) Is there any chance that the lighter tiles were set with a different setting material than the darker tiles?
3) What does your installer say about the lighter tiles and do they have any proposal to remedy?

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Unread 09-04-2016, 10:56 PM   #3
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I have the same questions. Usually when we see that, those tiles were lighter before they were ever installed.
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Unread 09-05-2016, 07:21 AM   #4
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Gotta shuffle those boxes, especially marble. Those lighter tiles should have stood out to him.
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Unread 09-05-2016, 07:25 AM   #5
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From what you told me before, I still think it may dry out. You said they were getting lighter as they set longer. Putting marble over an impervious surface gives the moisture only one way to go, out the front. As I mentioned, this is not a new problem.
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Unread 09-05-2016, 09:26 AM   #6
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I can never figure out how God can make the same rocks different colors.
Doesn't he know clients want them all the same
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Unread 09-05-2016, 01:40 PM   #7
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It is called packaging . Ask how the clients feel when asked to purchase 20 or 30% more of the finishing material in question -- marble -- to just be able to blend them in a balanced shading ?

From the photo , doesn't matter where you insert the white ones , they will always be different than the others.
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Unread 09-05-2016, 04:18 PM   #8
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Removing marble

The installer incorrectly installed these. They were all installed at around the same time, more than 3 weeks ago. They should have been removed but weren't. They are all dried and were just a different color. Any suggestions on how to 1) darken the tile?

Otherwise, some advice on how to remove would be greatly appreciated. Any special tools that can help?

Installer doesn't have a recommendation so I am reaching out to this group of experts for suggestions.
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Unread 09-05-2016, 04:26 PM   #9
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What's behind the tile? CBU, a membrane, deckmud, other? Normally, to remove a tile, you remove the grout around it, then smash it in the middle and try to get pieces out. If you don't remove the grout first, you'll crack adjacent tiles, but if it's on a waterproof membrane, it becomes a bigger problem trying to make a viable seam once the old tile is out.
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They probably all looked that white before install, the others have changed due to moisture but those may have had something on them to prevent or retard the moisture from getting into the stone?
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In my opinion, if the installer made the mistake of installing them, then he should replace them. I wouldn't wait for a recommendation from him but rather recommend to him that he made the mistake and should replace them himself.
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Unread 09-05-2016, 09:36 PM   #12
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What Davy said. Hopefully, you haven't paid the entire bill as of yet?

And if there's anything else you'd like to add out here in public to shed light on anything, feel free. It sounds like you've contacted at least one member here privately and shared something we haven't been made aware of. My main concern is that we may be giving you bad advice based on only half the facts.

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Are you still there, Armina? Any change in appearance?
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Unread 09-09-2016, 07:38 AM   #14
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Unfortunately any enhancing sealer you put on the stone now won't do much, you've already sealed all of the pores with the other products you've tried. You could try this product and then this product which may darken the tiles a couple of shades. The other solution, unfortunately, is a tear-out and re-install because it would be very difficult to remove the tiles without impacting the waterproofing.
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Unread 09-09-2016, 01:55 PM   #15
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We are all probably guilty of doing this at least once. I was installing a marble floor a while back, 1 inch hex and all the sheets were matching pretty well. I installed about half of it and then I saw it, 1 12x12 sheet that was lighter than the rest. The thing is, it was out in the middle of the floor but I did manage to reach it. It stood out like a sore thumb. I knew it wouldn't fly so I went ahead and removed it. The sheet was wasted but everyone was happy in the end.

This kind of thing usually happens to me when the customer picked up the tiles from a big box store.
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