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travertine grout

Posted by kchousewjk (My Page) on
Wed, Feb 11, 09 at 16:53

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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RE: travertine grout

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).

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