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Unread 09-08-2020, 09:19 AM   #1
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Basement bath project

Good Morning Folks,

I installed Tresano travertine in my new basement bath. I believe I must seal the tile before grouting. Spectralock 1 is the grout I plan on using. If sealing is required do you have any recommendations on brand, and on how many coats of sealer is required pre-grout. Thank you all.

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Hi Thelm Lou,

Aqua-Mix makes good tile sealer. Miracle is another good brand. Lowes or Home Depot. One good application should do it. Make sure you don't leave sealer on the surface. Buff it off with white rags or white paper towels.
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Always pre-seal natural stone tiles regardless of grout being used. Pre-sealing doesn't mean sealing and only a few coats would do depending stone's porosity. A mock up is a must for any natural stone as it is a very unpredictable material. STONETECH® BulletProof® Sealer or STONETECH® Heavy Duty Sealer can be used on travertine.
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Very good. Thank you all for your replies.
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Grouted the travertine sample board today after two coats of bullet proof sealer. No issues, cleaned up like a dream.
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Howdy Folks,

The shower walls are about 80% tiled. The schluter shower tray is not installed. Should I keep tiling downwards until I'm roughly 6 inches above the floor and then grout the walls so as to avoid all the stepping on the tray. If I install the tray now can it handle the abuse of me stepping on it as I work? Should I put a piece of plywood on the tray to prevent possible damage?

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You'll wanna be sure to test fit that foam tray to see if you'll still be able to fit it in there if you tile down close to the bottom. Just one more reason to make a mud shower floor in lieu of that foam tray. The mud bed will always fit exactly no matter when you install it.

No, that foam tray will not tolerate any abuse at all. You'll want to protect it until you get at least as far as just tiling the bottom row of the walls.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Very good. Thank you sir.
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