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Unread 03-25-2009, 06:47 AM   #1
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Tumbled Travertine - Enhancing and Sealing

Hello, I have done much reading on this topic but would appreciate some unique advice for my situation.

I will be installing a 4x4 tumbled travertine backsplash in my kitchen. I will be enhancing/sealing the tile. I would like some advice regarding when to do this. Before or After grouting???? I would think it would be easier to seal both the tile and grout at once, but am concerned about the change in grout color after the application...which makes it very hard picking a grout color in the first place. (how many shades of color will the grout change after an enhancing application (on average)??)

If I apply the product before grouting, then I must seal the grout after the installation being careful to only apply it to the grout. However, won't I have to re-seal/re-enhance 3-5 years down the road...at least that is what I've been reading, and if that is the case, it will change the grout color at that time..

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Unread 03-25-2009, 07:24 AM   #2
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Hello Kwtsat,
Once you've enhanced the stone, you're not going to have to enhance it again. You'll be able to use just a regular penetrating sealer for maintenance and such.
I suggest that you use some scrap tile, after all of the tile is installed, and build a small mock-up using the same joint spacing. Grout half of the mock up and give it a day or two to cure, then apply the enhancing sealer to the whole thing. Now wait another day for the sealer to completely cure and grout the previously ungrouted section. This is going to give you a very clear picture of what each application method will leave you with. I know that it's a lot of waiting time, but it's important to allow the colors to develop and for the sealer to dry completely before grouting, or the results will be skewed.
My preference is to enhance the ungrouted stone and then use a regular sealer on the grouted work later.
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Unread 03-25-2009, 08:20 AM   #3
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Thanks for the thorough and quick reply Shaughnn.
It would be my preference as well to enhance-seal first and seal the grout later. That way I know what grout color I am going to get.

Thanks again
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Unread 03-29-2009, 08:24 AM   #4
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Travertine Enhancers/Sealers

I will be enhancing/sealing my travertine tiled kitchen backsplash.

Which product would you recommend? I have been looking into the Stone-Specific Stone Enhancer and Sealer from home depot. Do you have experience with this product? Would you recommend it?

Thanks in advance.
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Unread 03-30-2009, 02:57 PM   #5
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I think it will work fine,just don't overapply travertine isn't very porous.

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Unread 03-30-2009, 03:37 PM   #6
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Welcome, kwtsat. Please put a first name in a permanent signature line for us to use.

I've combined your previous thread with similar questions on this project here. Please bookmark this one so folks who wanna help can see what's been previously asked and answered.

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