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Old 09-24-2006, 02:10 PM   #1
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Yet another tumbled marble backsplash question!

I just found this board today and really wish I had found it sooner as the project is already started.

I am installing 3 x 6 tumbled marble tiles and plan to use a color enhancing sealer (Aquamix Enrich n Seal) on them. I have experimented with a few pieces and I really don't like what the enhancing sealer does to the grout but love what it does to the tile. It darkens the grout up way too much and really accentuates where the grout gets in the pits of the tile. Can I but the enhancing sealer on prior to grouting and then use a non enhancing sealer after grouting?

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Old 09-24-2006, 08:03 PM   #2
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Yes, or you might want to try a lighter grout that the enhancer can bring out in your tiles.

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If you like the look of the marble enhanced follow the directions on the bottle for cure
time and enhance your marble before you grout.
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Okay, got one wall tiled, grouted and sealed and I am very happy with the results. I'll wait to caulk it till the other walls are done. The backsplash area actually is made up of 3 walls, one being a small 18 * 42 inch area on its own. That is the one I used as my "test" wall. If I didn't like it, less to tear out and start over!

Now I need to proceed to the longer walls which includes the one above the cooktop. I am doing a running bond pattern with 3 x 6 tumbled travertine. Over the cooktop, I want to frame a rectangle and fill it in with 4 x 4's on the diagonal. The frame peices I was thinking about using are rather heavy (2 x 12 chair rail) and I have never hung tile on the diagonal. Any tips out there on the best method for putting this section on the wall?

Oh, another question, the wall I already did is backed with new drywall and I used versabond to adhere the tiles. A friend was telling me all I needed to do was use a construction adhesive like liquid nails since this area was not subject to alot of moisture. Seems wrong to me, can some confirm or deny please.

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Liquid nails is not a good product for any tile work, and absolutly bad for natural stone. Some of the oils in the adhesive can stain your stone. Stick with what you're doing, you're on the right track!
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Old 10-22-2006, 07:02 AM   #7
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progress update

Thought I would post a quick update w/pics since everyone loves pics!

Here is the section I finished a couple weeks ago. I'm not very fast and didn't get back to work until yesterday. I really like how the enhancer brought out the colors in the stone.

I started doing the area above the cooktop. I followed the directions for cutting diagonal tile in the Library and they were spot on. I had it all cut and layed out on the table before i started putting it on the wall. I have never done a diagonal layout on a wall before andI can say this, now I know why tile setters charge so much! Next time, I using tile wedges or spikes. I live in no wheres ville and couldn't find them in stock around here so I went with the spacers. Very hard to use spacers on tumbled marble laid diagonally! The first row of halfs and fulls were very frustrating to get lined up correctly. Adjusting one tile caused another one to slide or the spacers to fall out so after I finally got it how I liked it, I let it dry a couple hours before proceeding (besides, I needed a sanity break!)

I found that as I went up, the rows wanted to slide down diagonally, dang gravity. I grabbed some scrap shoe molding and brad nailed it for support. That was enough for this DIYer for one day! I'll work on it some more tomorrow. I need to lay all the field tiles in the running bond pattern and put the chair rail/ frame molding around the diagonals.

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Old 10-22-2006, 07:06 AM   #8
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After I got all the diagonal tiles on the wall, my daughter asked me a question. "Mom, how are you going to keep the grout out of your fancy center tile?"

Dang it, I hadn't thought of that . I guess my options are to

1. tape it off really well
2. go ahead and fill the low areas with grout, but some of the spaces are rather wide and i'm worried about shrinkage and cracking.....

Any other ideas?
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Hi Carolyn, The work looks great.

Mask off the center tile. Use blue masking tape.
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Old 12-05-2006, 05:59 AM   #10
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Finally finished

Well, work took me out of town so I finally got back to the backsplash and finished. John, the tape worked perfect! Thank you.

I can't say enough thanks for how helpful people are here!

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Old 12-16-2008, 10:10 PM   #11
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What type of tumbled marble is this? It looks really nice. I thought at first it was noce but it looks a little bit lighter and more colorful. Thx.
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