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Unread 01-23-2007, 09:31 AM   #1
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Solvent based or H2O based sealer/enhancer?

Part 3 of our travels with travertine.

When we exchanged our sealer for a sealer/enhancer, the salesman asked if we preferred solvent based or water based. He said that one was not really preferrable over the other for durability, etc., for first application upon installation, but that the solvent based was generally better for re-sealing because it woudl penetrate the old sealer.

We chose water based because of the greater ease of clean up, but...
1. Is one better than the other, in general?
2. When we reseal, should we use the solvent based for the additional penetrating power? Can solvent based be applied over water based?
3.When we are resealing, should we use only a sealer rather than an enhancer/sealer if we are satisfied with the color of the tiles at that time? We do realize that ther may be some change in the appearance of the tiles over time, but would like to get this clarified for future reference.


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Unread 01-23-2007, 09:16 PM   #2
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Hi Rou

Great questions! I will give you my opinion. Others may view this differently.

1. I personally like working with the solvent based enhancers. I believe they penetrate deeper and are more effective. Manufacturer to manufacturer varies immensely.

2. When resealing I like to use the same type sealer (solvent over solvent). Solvent will go over water based, but not visa versa.

3. Yes. Whether another application of an enhancer is needed, is up to the consumer.

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Unread 01-25-2007, 04:07 PM   #3
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Solvent is the solution


Thanks for the opinion. I exchanged the H2O based enhancer for a solvent based one. It seems to make more sense to use this, especially since that is what will probably be needed when we get around to the need to reseal sometime in the future.

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Unread 01-25-2007, 09:02 PM   #4
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There are alot of different brands of sealer. I have found that some of the water based want to dry on the surface too fast.

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It seems that we always buy more than what is actually used. In this example, I am sure we will have plenty of sealer left in the bottle after applying it to the grout. How long will this sealer keep for in a bottle?
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So what are the good ones to use? It's so hard to tell from the web sites.

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Unread 02-21-2007, 08:37 AM   #7
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TEC H2O vs. Solvent sealker enhancer

This is only a description of the TEC brand stone and grout H2O vs. Solvent based sealer/enhancer for the relative benefits as an enhancer on walnut tumbled travertine, so it is a bit specific and may not be what you were seeking.

The H2O based added noticeably more of a gold tone than the solvent based. Although we were seeking more of the goldish hue, we went with the solvent based because of the issue of retreating and likely greater durability of the solvent based in a shower surround and bathroom floor. Since this is still a project in progress, we really don't know if this was the right choice. Our plan is to reseal about once every 12 to 18 months.

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