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Old 03-08-2018, 04:52 PM   #1
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Coloring Terracotta

I'd like to use a brown terra-cotta tile, but am having issues with the finish. The images below show the the tile on the manf. website (which is the look we want) and the unfinished tile. Unfortunately they don't offer a refinished version.

My best guess is that a wax product was use, but it also looks like a color (wax or stain) was applied.

On different tiles, I've tried a Dry-Treat Stain-proof (manf. recommendation), 511 Porous Sealer, and a boiled linseed oil. The linseed was the only one that darkened it, but not as chocolate or modeled and the example.

My priority is finish, but I'd like it to be somewhat durable too.

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Old 03-09-2018, 11:26 AM   #2
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Hi Brad,

You're saying they only make one color of tile? That seems strange, because it's easy to color terracotta during manufacture. Otherwise, you can use a wood stain and then penetrating sealer, and finally a top sealer.
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