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Unread 08-05-2010, 07:29 PM   #1
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Buffing Travertine Edges ?

Our Travertine Floor in the bathroom is not horrible but it could of been installed better. It has a 1/8th grout line. Some of the tiles are not perfectly level and when you wear shoes they will sometime catch or drag over the edges of the travertine tile.

I was wondering if we could buff the edges of those raised tiles? I am very scared to do this because I get the impression Travertine will cut up in chunks if we tried to buff the edges smooth?

PS: If needed the travertine is honed and filled and has a couple coats of sealer on it.
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Unread 08-05-2010, 08:12 PM   #2
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I assume this is square edged.You typically hone travertine down by essentially sanding it in smaller and smaller grits.You (could) do this,but unfortunately it would discolor those areas,and reveal holes that need to be filled,then the sealer,if an enhancing one would need to be redone to try and match the finish,but yes it could be done.

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Unread 08-06-2010, 08:16 AM   #3
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what Dave said.

I have seen many homeowners and DIY people do this, and it almost never looks good. If you decide to do it, be very careful.

buffing is not what youre going to do, its going to be grinding.

1. grind, or sand with low grit sandpaper
2. clean thoroughly
3. fill the holes that were created, mix the correct color to match.
4. sand the glue down if necessary
5. sand up higher and higher untill youre as close as possible to the original finish (this is nearly impossible due to the methods used during production)
6. color enhance or seal as necessary

if your shoes are catching, it sounds like a pretty bad install.
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Unread 08-06-2010, 06:32 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Due to your great responses we are deciding to leave it as is. The install was not that good......unfortunately this happens once in a while. It is something we can live with.
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