travertine grout

kchousewjkFebruary 11, 2009

I am going to do a backsplash in 4 x 4 tumbled travertine. I understand this needs to be sealed. Is there any reason I cannot "dunk" or submerge them in sealer before I install them. I think this would be a better way to insure all the pits get sealed.

My other question is can I cover the face of the tile with tape or contact paper so I can grout with a float.

Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated.

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bill_vincent

Although this should really be on the discussions side, I'll answer anyway.

First, you certain;y don't want to submerge the tile in sealer. It'll end up soaking in way too much sealer, and you'll have a problem later with the tiles getting a good bond from the thinset.

As for keeping the holes empty, there are many people doing this, but I'm telling you-- it's a bad idea. If you don't fill the holes, they'll end up filling on their own (not literally, but they WILL collect and hold junk in the air).

    Bookmark   February 12, 2009 at 10:06AM
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