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Unread 07-14-2007, 02:57 AM   #1
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sealing and enhancing travertine

I have enjoyed reading several threads on this forum. The advice given by many is very helpful. I've tried to find the answer to my question; however I need some clearer advice. Our tile guys have just finished installing travertine tile throughout the living areas of our home, with brown marble inserts. We are now ready to seal. The floor wasn't sealed prior to grouting. I have tried the water droplet test. We would like the different variations in the floor to appear when sealed as it does when it is wet. After reading countless threads, I believe that an enhancer should be used to achieve this look. Our contractor has given us two gallons of Aqua mix penetrating sealer with no enhancer. Is there enhancer out on the market which sole purpose is to enhance the stone? If I go this route can I apply the enhancer then apply to sealer of this, or will the floor not properly seal or does anyone advise against this. My ultimate goal is to bring out the various different colors in the tile and still seal the floor with the sealer provided by our contractor.

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Unread 07-14-2007, 11:41 AM   #2
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Hi Angie, Aqua Mix makes good sealers but the one you have is not an enhancer. I like using the Solvent based sealers better than the water based. Aqua Mix makes a solvent based enhancer, it's also a sealer so you won't need the sealer the contractor give you. If you seal it with what you have and want to enhance it later, the sealer on the stone won't let it enhance, at least not very much. I would go buy the enhancer.

Her's their link www.aquamix.com
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Unread 07-14-2007, 11:54 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply. I'm assuming you have to visit a nice tile store for these products. I went to our local home improvement store this morning and they only carry a quart of enhancer and sealer in the aquamix brand. I am attempting to locate a local retailer in my area to purchase a enhancer and sealer.

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Unread 07-14-2007, 11:58 AM   #4
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Yeah, the tile shops usually have a better selection. You may have to pretend to be a contractor, most only sell to contractors.
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Unread 07-15-2007, 04:43 PM   #5
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Good day!

Will enhancer hide grout haze or enhance it? I realize this sounds dumb, but I had to ask. Thanks!

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Unread 07-15-2007, 10:35 PM   #6
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Garry,

I think it depends on the tile. I used some StoneTech Enhancer Pro (solvent based) on some slate and it hid the grout haze. I think you should try a test area, but also think you should utilize other means to remove the haze prior to enhancing.

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Unread 07-16-2007, 07:38 AM   #7
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Thank you Brian.. I just read in in another topic that once you've sealed stone (if even to reduce clean time after grouting), you cannot enhance with your final seal. Oh well, lots of TSP in my future! Thanx again..

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Unread 07-16-2007, 03:31 PM   #8
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miracle enhance and seal

at 160$ a gallon its pretty expensive but in my opinion will work great.
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