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Unread 02-09-2020, 08:26 AM   #61
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Progress. I'm trying to be more careful with the thinset.... any good advice for getting it off the top of tiles after it hardens?
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Unread 02-09-2020, 02:51 PM   #62
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Warm water and a sponge. Diluted vinegar and sponge for stubborn stuff. Sulfamic acid crystals or tile and stone cleaner for really bad stuff.

Just keep a sponge and bucket of water close by while setting and clean as you go.
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Unread 02-09-2020, 03:32 PM   #64
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Thanks (to all) for the help!

I'm trying to be more careful but i still have my moments...
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Unread 02-09-2020, 04:59 PM   #65
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I think you may have mentioned you tiled before, but if not don’t beat yourself up on getting in on the tile. LifeProof is so abrasive, you literally have to scrub every time you get a drop on it. Consider using grout release on the tile before you grout. Don’t stress over any small imperfections, 99% of the time no one will ever know but you!
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Unread 02-11-2020, 12:00 PM   #66
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nope, this is my first time with real tile.

and not to jump ahead of myself, but grout.....

It's been recommended to use Laticrete SPECTRALOCK Pro Premium Grout (which is an Epoxy), over the cement based Permacolor select. Of course this was a recommendation from Laticrete....

i assume the Epoxy based is more expensive?

any opinions welcome.....?
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Unread 02-11-2020, 12:16 PM   #67
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It is more expensive, Doug, considerably, and while I'm a fan boy of it for certain applications I wouldn't use it for your application.

I think Permacolor is pretty well regarded by the pros here.
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Unread 02-11-2020, 04:23 PM   #68
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Sounds good to me!
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Unread 02-18-2020, 03:55 PM   #69
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More progress.

So I've managed to chip two tiles. Any tips for repairing them?
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Unread 02-18-2020, 06:48 PM   #70
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how bad a chip? how long have they been set? can you take pic close up?
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i'll grab a pic tonight. the chip is minor (on two tiles) once was a dumb move on my part, the other i have no idea how.

Tiles have been in a few days on one and a week on the other.
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I forgot to grab apic of the chip, but have another question.

Can you successfully use something like a dremel tile blade to cut already set tile without damaging the set tile?

I'd like to make this a straight edge across.
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Unread 02-23-2020, 08:49 AM   #73
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Although I've never used it for that, you can try a Dremel diamond blade. When tiling, lay a temporary board across the doorway and run all the tiles to it.

Something I've told my helpers for years is there are times when tiling that you can spend a minute doing something that will save you 20 minutes later on. Putting a board across there is one of those times.
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Unread 02-23-2020, 10:44 AM   #74
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Too true....

Chalk that up to lessons learned
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