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Old 06-06-2010, 02:26 PM   #1291
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A quick rub with emery paper and it's completely gone.
Yes but you said you had already sealed the tiles. I was worried an abrasive used to remove a pencil mark would cause a splotch later when the abraded tile was sealed once again. Oh well, we'll see.

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Plus I will have to put many coats of finish on the wood before I do that.
GOOD CATCH!
Maybe I should have mentioned that grouting near raw unfinished wood will usually turn the wood black. Oak, Redwood, and Teak, are the worst for turning and staining when you get a little Portland cement on them.

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[quote=Bud Cline;452137]Yes but you said you had already sealed the tiles. I was worried an abrasive used to remove a pencil mark would cause a splotch later when the abraded tile was sealed once again. Oh well, we'll see.


You're right there..the last few tiles are not yet sealed. So you're probably right about leaving a mess on a sealed tile. I forgot about that.

While we're at it...what sort of sealer is the right one for these tiles?

And is there a colour of grout which is commonly used with these tiles? All I know is the missus wants the grout darker than the tiles. And it will need to be sanded grout with these big gaps, right?
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And it will need to be sanded grout with these big gaps, right?
Yessir...sanded grout for sure.
As far as color-choice I rarely get into that bag of worms. I do think however that for an old world look the basic "natural grey" grout color is best. Yes, it looks like cement, kind of a green/grey color but that's the only thing there was for a long long time.

I have however seen some tan colors look pretty good also.

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While we're at it...what sort of sealer is the right one for these tiles?
I said earlier I hadn't installed any of that tile in a long time. The tile industry has rolled over totally in the past few years all for the better but I'm not familiar with the sealers on today's market that are best suited for terra cotta. There are a lot of new and great products on the market these days. I think you may be committed to whatever you started with.
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Bud, when I got this sealer I looked for one which specifically said terra cotta. It is a penetrating sealer for unglazed tiles which leaves no residue on the surface. It needs at least 2 applications, maybe 3 to do the job.

We have been using 3 applications, just to be on the safe side. It's from Tile Lab. It penetrates the tile instantly and disappears within a very few minutes.
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.......and that's the way it works. It doesn't look like it is working but it is. If you would continue to add applications, one day the surface would stop absorbing the sealer and it would begin to build on the surface. Not necessarily a bad thing but a sheen would develop and in time with enough applications a shine would appear.

After installing a travertine floor two years ago I began sealing the stone. Travertine has a higher density than terra cotta of course but for the sake of conversation I will say that after eleven applications the travertine finally began to take on a shine which is what the customers wanted. Four applications later I was done.

My memory reminds me that some terra cotta and saltillo customers wanted their floor to shine and some didn't.

Now would be a good time to mention that sealers of this type aren't intended to be stain-proofers. They merely offer an extension of time to clean up a spill that may otherwise have been an immediate stain.
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Your last statement there is precisely what it says on our container.

Must have been fun putting 15 coats of sealer on that travertine!
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Must have been fun putting 15 coats of sealer on that travertine!
Not so bad actually. Each coat was applied with a large cotton mop being swung in a figure eight pattern. The hard part was waiting between applications. Tk two days to git-r-done.
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nooooo...it's not finished.

The last bit is tucked right in the corner, and I need to be able to get at it from the front.

So, prudence has dictated that I let all this set up first. Then tomorrow morning I will lay some plywood on the tiled area and finish the remaining corner.

I got the big from the wife this afternoon. It seems that she got the idea to have a T/C floor from Umberto's restaurant in Gastown. (Vancouver)
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Looks fantastic! You can have a little bit more imperfections and it will still be ok there. You will be the only one to see it. That is unless I visit! dorf dude...
By the time you get here Shu, I'll have it all covered up! You'll never spot all the goofs!
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After what seems like an eternity all the tile is laid in the solarium.

And in what has become a tradition, I have managed once again to leave the photos until it was dark. This is looking toward the steps with the just completed end done.

I'm going to attach some pics of some of the garden I took today along with the floor stuff. Specially for Barb and the other ladies. Enjoy.

These are of the small coralbark maple in the Japanese garden and the "jungle" by the screen.
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The whole floor done, still aiming at the steps. Sorry about the crummy shot. I'm standing on the plant table at the end.

The garden pics are of the small coral bark maple just coming out nicely, and a fresh iris in the Japanese garden.
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Same old floor again...from the step end this time.

Our fire chief came down for a visit today and really seemed to be impressed with the floor. (I'm his deputy, so maybe he was just being nice to me )

The flowers are the first daylily of the year and a rose right after the rain quit and the sun came out for a short while.
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The new tile saw blades arrived at the post office on Friday, and a trip across was in order to pick them up today.

Let me tell you, as soon as I took one look at these blades I could tell immediately what a difference in quality there was between the original and the Cyclone blades.

The porcelain blade - shown here - has diamonds going 7/16" up the sides. The factory blade only covers 1/4"...that's a pretty big difference. And the blade just looks more robust.

Haven't tried it yet...maybe tomorrow.
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And while I was at it, I also got a specialty blade for natural stone, specifically marble and granite.

It doesn't even look like any other blade I have.

It has three steps of diamonds on the sides...the first goes up 5/16", next 9/16" and the third 1 1/8".

I'm really looking forward to using this one, it looks like a real killer blade. Unfortunately I won't be on to the marble - which is going in the ensuite - for some time yet.
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Oh! Look... shiny stuff... Nice!

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