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Unread 10-15-2007, 06:16 AM   #46
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Jay,

I used Stone Tech Enhancer Pro on my travertine and some slate on a wall I built. I put it into a clean dry sprayer bottle and sprayed it on. Used a throw away brush to spread it around a bit. Let it stand the specified time (I think it's fifteen minutes) and then wiped it off. My plan is to use Impregnator Pro the next time I seal so that the stone soesn't get any darker. I believe that's what I've read in the cleaning/restoration forum...keep enhancing if you want it darker, switch to impregnator/sealer when you're happy with the color.

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Unread 02-11-2008, 12:27 PM   #47
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After 2 coats of ST Enhanser Pro

Here are some pics after enhansing. The Stonetech enhanser pro was easy to work with and gave the desired look. Next step is grout, any tips especially doing the ceiling. I am toying with using an epoxy grout, what do you think about that? The whole thing will be sealed with Impregnator pro after the grout has cured.

Brian, the 1st 2 pics are of outside corners we talked about. I laid in full stones weaving them and extending past the corner then cut them off with a diamond blade on my angle grinder, then shaping the edges with a file. Came out looking real good!

It seems like I've been working on this forever With delays in getting the cabinetry and work getting in the way. Had lots of veneer to apply and finish. Looks like it'll be about 1 year from start to finish.






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Jay,

It looks awesome! Lots of fine detail there. I love Spectralock grout but I gotta tell you that's going to be one expensive grout bill if you decide to use it. Dan (ddmoit) used Spectralock on his mosaic shower and I have heard him mention it cost him a grand. Just make sure you are aware of the costs before you get started.

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Dan (ddmoit) used Spectralock on his mosaic shower and I have heard him mention it cost him a grand.
Forget that idea ! I'm already WAAAY over what I had budgeted for this project and still have to buy the glass for the shower that I estimate will be about a grand if I do the install. The better half is happy so far (except with the elapsed time on project) its starting to come together and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel

I see you have no words of wisdom for me about grouting
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Jay,

Don't select a color by the color chart. The actual color of the finished product tends to be a shade or two lighter than the color charts. Mix the grout according to the instructions. Since grouting everything will be nearly impossible in one shot (at least it would be for me), I would weigh the powder so that I used precisely the same amount of water each time. I haven't grouted pebbles so I'm probably not the one to ask. When you do your clean-up make sure you really wring the sponge out and don't splash the water on newly grouted surfaces (it can wash the color out). Work the grout into the joints and allow it time to set up before your start cleaning. Microfiber rags work great on tile...don't know if they'd work well on pebbles or not. If I were you I'd cover and really protect the floor. I would grout a wall first to get the hang of it. Once you know what you've gotten yourself into to expect then proceed to the ceiling, saving the floor for last.

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Just thought I'd update y'all on where I'm at with this never ending project. Here's a few pics.

Removed these small pics ! Check next post for larger ones.

I'm waiting on the boss to pick a paint color. The glass for the shower is going to have to wait till I have an extra $1200-1500 to throw at it
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Jay,

When I saw your post I laughed a little when I saw the title. Like every project I've started they never seem to come in on time or under budget! Everything looks great. You'll have to give us some larger pictures...I consider the ones you posted "teasers".

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Here ya go Brian.

So far the hardest part of this has been making the stain color on the Birch doors match the Cherry cabinets and trim. I think I have finally got all the grout out of my teeth from doing the ceiling!








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LOVE IT! Nice work, Jay.
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