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Unread 04-23-2021, 01:04 AM   #1
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Finding a Saltillo Sealer Soulmate!

Hello! Been having fun cruising the archive this evening! What a wealth of knowledge y’all have built.

My partner and I just bought our first home out here in the California High Desert, and I could use some help figuring out the right materials for our DIY Saltillo install:

I — like many before me — am looking for a great indoor Saltillo Tile sealer! We’re doing our test tiles and nothing seems quite right. Here are some qualities we’re looking for:
  • Protects the tile in high-traffic areas
  • Not too complicated to use (the s/o is very handy, but everybody has their limits)
  • Enhances the color, to take the tiles from peach -> warm terra cotta. Pix of the desired result attached.

We tried Glaze 'n Seal Olé Mexican Sealer which checked off the first two boxes but didn’t enhance the color. Based on my digging through the forms so far, for color enhancing we might need a solvent-based sealer… which sounds complicated to use!

Is there something out there that would check all the boxes? Has anyone tried the Behr Wet-Look Sealer?

Or perhaps there’s a two-step process that would enhance + seal?

Any other advice or recommendations very much appreciated.

Thanks so much for your help!
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Unread 04-23-2021, 09:57 AM   #2
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Hi Odie,

I finished a few of my own jobs years ago. The process entails using a penetrating sealer first and then going over it with a top (surface) sealer. The products I used back then probably aren't available anymore, but I remember using Thompsons Water Sealer for the first application.

I eventually started using a pro floor finisher, and he used acrylic materials. Don't know any more than that. The last Saltillo job I did was more than 30 years ago.
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Unread 04-23-2021, 06:13 PM   #3
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Many years ago we used topical sealers on Saltillo. One was called Rez, which is a polyurethane made by Pittsburgh paints. Others were Stone Glamor and Mex Seal, both made by Sparks.

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