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Unread 08-14-2012, 04:58 PM   #1
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travertine paver patio

I just completed a travertine paver patio. It is outside under a pavilion. Concrete base then ditra then pavers set in thin set. I have a couple of questions. I want to use a sealer and enhancer and then grout. The instructions for the sealer (Miracle 511) say not to get it in the grout lines. It would be impossible not to get it in all the porosities of the travertine. The grout lines are narrow- should I use sanded or unsanded grout? When the grout dries how is it sealed? Another coat of sealer over everything or use an additive like miracle grout shield.
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1- If you take your time and use a foam roller with a light touch you can seal just the tops of the tiles. A little will get on the sides but not enough to lose sleep over.

2- For grout lines 1/8" and under use non sanded. FOr grout lines 1/8" and over use sanded

3- Seal > read the grouting tutorial found in the lye bury inn decks > grout > wait 3-7 days > seal > maybe seal again to get the desired look.

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Hi Jack, Welcome!

As Paul mentioned, wait a minimum of 72 hours before sealing the grout.

If you're starting with an enhancer, and you're happy with the grout color after it cures, you can use a non enhancing solvent based impregnating sealer concentrating on the grout, but can carry it over the enhanced stone. Be sure to not let any excess sealer dry on the surface.

I also suggest TESTing a spare tile first. You want to try to get a darker color grout to mesh with the enhanced color of the stone. It is rare to achieve desired results when enhancing grout.
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