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Unread 04-01-2005, 02:40 PM   #1
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apply sealer to vertical surface

One other question: What is the best way to apply grout sealer to a vertical surface, like shower walls? I have tried foam brushes, bristle brushes, small artist's paint brushes, and they are all a pain in the neck. The sealer ends up running all over the tile farther below on the wall, etc.

If anyone wants to make a million bucks, manufacture a sealer dispenser similar to a rotary cutter that quilters use -- imagine a pizza cutter, but the cutter part would have a foam band going all the way around, and the handle would be hollow which you'd fill with sealer and it would dispense the sealer onto the foam strip around the wheel. Imagine running a pizza cutter up and down the grout lines, and you get the idea. It's the same principle as a circular saw blade. Just a thought.
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Unread 04-01-2005, 02:47 PM   #3
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Hmm, and when you squeeze the plastic tube holding the liquid it sprays the roller with a strong stream (strong for that size) because otherwise it would drip and never hit the roller.

Uh huh, I can see it!

I know they make shoe-polish type applicators... have you tried that?
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Unread 04-01-2005, 02:48 PM   #4
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Dang, and I was runnin to the patent agency! Yep That'll work!
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Unread 04-01-2005, 09:30 PM   #5
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. That is exactly what I'm thinking of at custom products and I'm ordering one. Thanks again.
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Unread 04-01-2005, 09:58 PM   #6
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That description is a bit misleading..the "foam" wheels are actually a porous material that's as hard as a rock...they work very well, just don't think that something is wrong with bottle you get..the wheels are nowhere near soft, the way you think of foam..
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Unread 04-01-2005, 10:20 PM   #7
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For those of you who aren't running out to get one of these snazzy dispensers, here is a trick to keeping the sealer from running down the walls.

Need: 1 gallon shallow pail, 2"-3" foam brush, sealer, white cotton rag.
Dump no more than 1/8" to 1/4" of sealer into the pail.
Dip the foam brush straight down into the sealer, then mush the foam brush onto the side of the pail so that most of the sealer runs back into the pail.
Now seal those grout lines - start at a horizontal joint or two and brush for 5' - 6'.
Now that the foam brush doesn't have so much sealer in it, continue with the vertical joints. Stroke downward. Rotate the brush around for each stroke on the wall (this will give you a few seconds of no dripping, while gravity is taking sealler to low end of brush)
Try to get the same amount of horizontal and vertical distance in with one dipping of the foam brush.
Work from the top of the shower to the bottom of the shower so that you can always be on the look-out for a drip or two.
Have rag handy to catch the occasional drip. But not much sealer runs down the face of the tiles with this method.
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Unread 04-03-2005, 07:34 PM   #8
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Well, I've kinda intuitively tried to do that method all along, and it doesn't work the best for me. I'm gonna try the gizmo. Thanks for the tip!
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