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Unread 07-01-2006, 07:31 PM   #1
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marble restoration work

a local museum has a large marble entrance hallway that some joker sealed with what i think is urethane sealer for wood flooring. over time the sealer has scratched, chipped, and flaked off of the marble exposing is natural sheen and beauty. the museum board now wants to estimate the cost of stripping the marble and sealing it. i tested a small area under a floor mat with a poultice i picked up from slowe's. trouble is it worked great, but cost too much. the floor is somewher around 400sf, and by estimation it would cost nearly $300 for the product alone. what else could be used to remove this wood floor sealer ?

it's a whitish marble said to have come from greece. civil war era
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Unread 07-02-2006, 12:14 AM   #2
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Methylene chloride, or there are commercial strippers for eurethanes now.You have to be careful when you are stripping that you don't break down the coating and cause the stone to absorb it.Frankly, if you've found something that works,use it,just think how much a resto guy is gonna charge,he's gonna use the same stuff,plus his labor.
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$300.00 for something that works, use it cuase that is really not a whole lot of money for what you should charge. I couldn't agree with Davestone more.
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Hi Brian

I agree with the previous suggestions. Do you have a link for the poutlice that you found at Lowes? How long does it have to remain on the surface?

There are Peel Away products that are alledgedly effective as well.

If my client can afford it, we usually use Prosoco's Fast Acting Stripper. You have to be careful, because it is a Methelyne Chloride based product.

The cost of the product to remove the coating should have nothing to do with the sale of this job. Make sure the museum knows that once the coating is removed, the floor will be easier to maintain. If the floor gets honed, it should be sealed. If it get's polished, it's possible that it won't even need a sealer. Key will then be, who and how the restored floor gets maintained.
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Thanks !!

This flor is in rough shape otherwise. tiles are cracked, and heaving here and there, the original workmanship was a step, but not two above crude so there won't be any honing or polishing going on here.

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Key will then be, who and how the restored floor gets maintained.
what sort of maintaince would you prescribe after the poultice and rinse ?
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Hi Brian

Depends on the shape of the floor after your poulticing. The main key is frequent dust mopping. Next is cleaning with a nuetral pH tile & stone specific cleaner. When using this product, frequent changes of the solution are paramount. If you can't see the bottom of the wash bucket, the water is too dirty.

Last, but not least, is to not apply any more wax and/or coating.
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