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Unread 10-21-2005, 11:42 PM   #1
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Which granite tile sealer & when to apply

Hi all!

I'm in the (long, seemingly endless) process of installing granite tile countertops. Before I lay the tile, I want to know if it needs to be sealed first. (It's St. Cecelia from Brazil)

The top is polished and seems to be coated (water beads up for awhile). The sides and back, however, absorb the water. The top has visible "fissures" in it, so I would like to seal it.

So, my questions are:
1. Should I seal the granite before laying the tiles?
a. If yes, do I seal the sides too?
2. Which sealer do you recommend?

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Unread 10-22-2005, 06:59 AM   #2
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Hi Melody

Personally I would wait to seal until after the install is complete. The moisture from the thinset is going to suck right into the stone and start to darken it. I would rather have the tiles lighten back up before sealing. The sealers allow vapor transmission, but slows it down considerably. No need to seal the sides or back.

If you want the best Stone Tech has to offer, I would suggest BulletProof.
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Unread 10-22-2005, 07:56 PM   #3
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... sealer quantity needed ?

Thanks, John.

Next question.... How much of the Stonetech sealer do I need for my 100 sq. ft. of St. Cecilia?

You all provide a great service for us DIY'ers! Kudos!

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Unread 10-22-2005, 10:02 PM   #4
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Hi Melody

A quart should be more than suffiecient. You also need to consider maintenance with a stone specific neutral pH cleaner. Stone Tech's Tile & Stone Cleaner will fit the bill.
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