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Old 07-15-2019, 02:58 AM   #1
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Sukabumi tile damage

The Sukabumi tiles in my shower were never sealed and are crumbling in places. They have been in for over a year and I’m not sure what to do... can they still be sealed and will grout be an acceptable filler for the lost material?

Or, do I need to drill the tiles out and replace them?


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Old 07-15-2019, 08:22 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Anthony.

Certainly not my area of expertise, but I'll offer what I can.

Are any tile loose, or just pieces coming off the face of the tile?

Do you know what adhesive was used to install the tile?

Grout can be use for a lot of things, such as filling in areas like what you there, but there are limitations such as depth, depending on the grout. The one spot in your first picture looks like a natural void. Has it always been like that?

What kind of grout is in the joints?
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:08 AM   #3
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I don’t seem to be receiving notifications, so I apologise for the late reply.

The tiles were all previously honed flat and the material has gradually fallen out.

There are a few tiles that are loose but they appear unconnected from the crumbling tiles that I’ve documented. One of the loose tiles isn’t even in the wet area although three are.

Unfortunately I don’t know what was used as adhesive or the original grout although I’m tempted to believe the grout is sanitized-coloured-grout-eco-cfg-davco


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Sealer wouldn't have kept it from eroding. You can try patching the voids but I think it will continue. I'm sorry about the problem but I'd plan to replace the shower with tile that will hold up better.
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Old 07-21-2019, 07:58 PM   #5
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Sealer wouldn't have kept it from eroding. You can try patching the voids but I think it will continue. I'm sorry about the problem but I'd plan to replace the shower with tile that will hold up better.


Looks like patching is where I’ll start and later down the road I’ll have to take it all out. It’s disappointing that it’s a “wet area” stone that isn’t great in wet areas.



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Can you tell us more about this tile?

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It's typically used in swimming pools fully submerged.
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Can you tell us more about this tile?




“Green sukabumi stone is volcanic stone which is containes chlorite mineral and formed by many iron nodules and layer so that makes this stone has many color variarion and some issue after instalation. There are two common issue which is appear on the green sukabumi stone such as:
1. Color changing
This problem caused by the iron that contains in the stone makes the stone oxidized. This kind of problem can be minimized by the matterial color selection during the production process
2. Crumble
Some matterial contains clay especially in crystal color based which leaches out in the sun and with water flowing over it and drying up again. To minimized this kind of problem by the matterial selection in the factory using the water test and sort the matterial that possibility to get crumble.”



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It's typically used in swimming pools fully submerged.


There is a PDF outlining the approved installation of this tile in Swimming pools by laticrete on the ineedstone website. It doesn’t mention sealing the tile around the pool though.


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I guess some of those tiles should have been sorted out and not used on the wall like that one with a gigantic void I would never have installed something like even on a backsplash , even if it was made out of travertine.
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