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Unread 09-09-2004, 11:21 AM   #1
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Grouting tumbled-marble or -travertine

I know it seems like this question must be answered many times, but my search didn't find it exactly.

When working with tile that has rough edges or even voids on the surface, using a grout trowel seems like it would fill the voids and leave very messy grout lines. Especially when using smaller tiles -- 4" or 2". Samples boards in stores usually have fairly neat grout lines with the tumbled stones. Is that because they dig some out with a sponge ? Or because they sealed the surface well and the grout could be scrubbed off the faces later ? Or because they grouted using a grout bag instead of a trowel ?

Also, I saw an older post where somebody said they had sealed both front and back sides of tumbled stone before installing. None of the pro's objected, but surely a sealed back weakens the bond, doesn't it ??

Finally, my current plan includes one wall of all 12" light pink polished marble with yellow/peach/white/grey veins (called Beijing Pink), and that marble also used as accent pieces in fields of 4" bone/yellow (botticino ?) tumbled marble elsewhere. Yellow "travertine matrix" rope border. Light yellow grout ? Ochre grout ? Grey ? (1/16 to 1/8 grout lines.)
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Unread 09-09-2004, 11:28 AM   #2
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I seal all tumbled marble with Aquamix Sealers Choice Gold 15 before installation, works great, seal only the face of the tile, never the back or sides, I don't seal polished stone before grouting, use unsanded for those joints 1/8" or 1/16" no problem with clean up.

As for colors, that's up to you.
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Unread 09-09-2004, 03:16 PM   #3
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Those sample boards are tiny work areas that they can get perfect,you can too if you work hard at it.I see no reason to seal the backs and can only hinder the adhesion.
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Unread 09-09-2004, 06:31 PM   #4
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Thanks, both of you. Sealing the back just seemed WRONG to me. Faces it is. No need for a grout bag, eh ? Just grout as any other tile and clean the faces after ?
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