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Unread 06-29-2017, 11:32 AM   #16
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Good idea to burn a very thin coat of thinset onto the floor just before spreading and notching. And just before that take a not to wet sponge and damped the concrete to pick up any small chunks and dust. Do not leave any standing water. The concrete should be porous so the thinset bonds. If there is any coating or the finish is so smooth that h20 will not absorb almost right away you will need to rent a machine that will scarify the concrete.

And yes. Set a couple to start and then pull them. You should have full coverage. If it is hot out and or sunny do not do large areas or the thinset will skim over and that is a bond breaker.

Take your time and send us some before and after pics.
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Unread 06-29-2017, 07:41 PM   #17
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With a large format tile, the actual bond strength achieved if you burn a layer into the back of the tile verses not doing that is substantial.
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Unread 06-30-2017, 08:38 AM   #18
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We'd agree with Craig - the best choice would be LATICRETE SPECTRALOCK® PRO Premium Grout.

Here's also links to best to mix / install:
SPECTRALOCK®* PRO Grout (Part 1 - Mixing)

SPECTRALOCK®* PRO Grout (Part 2 - Application)
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Unread 06-30-2017, 09:42 PM   #19
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Larry, let's keep all questions related to this project on this thread so that questions and answers aren't duplicated, and the history is in one place.

I think you could surmise from the answers that epoxy grout is the way to go.

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Unread 10-19-2019, 12:50 PM   #20
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Porcelain garage floor etching help.

Hey Guys....and gals.
A year ago I undertook a big project and installed 24"x24" porcelain tiles on my garage floor. It is slippery when wet! So, to save my family from having a falling accident I need to "add" an anti slip agent. Can you please advise me as to which product is best for a home owner application?

Thanks in advance !!!

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I've seen several but can't pull them out of my mind right now. I would call Cust. Service from some of the sealer sellers. Aqua Mix and Stonetech come to mind. They might sell it or refer you to a Company that does....

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I wonder if one if one of the epoxy based coatings might do the trick, though not sure how well it will bond to porcelain tile.

Not that I want to steer you away from this deep well of tile information but you might want to head over to the Garage Journal forum. https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/
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