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Old 08-16-2012, 02:51 AM   #1
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Have couple tiles cracked but don't want to replace them. Is there a good way to fill the crack and seal it?

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What is "tile filler", is it some item available in stores?

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Mix some matching paint (a paint store can match the color of your tile) with tile filler, and dab it onto the crack with a cotton swab.
Allow the tile filler to dry for a few seconds, then wipe lightly with a damp cloth. When you're done, the crack will be much less visible

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Never heard of that----

Epoxy mixed with a colored pigment might work---
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Have couple tiles cracked but don't want to replace them. Is there a good way to fill the crack and seal it?
How did they crack in the 1st place? Any sealer will not work for long. If a tile cracks then there will be movement in the tile it's self.
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Where is the tile (floor? shower? etc.)

A pic may help.

Odds are any repair will be more obvious than the crack, and if it is in a shower, you want to do it right.
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It's floor tile. I don't know how it can crack because it was there when we purchased the house. The crack is not that noticeable, I just want to fill it so that it will not get worse.
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Any suggestion on where to get the "colored pigment"?

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Never heard of that----

Epoxy mixed with a colored pigment might work---
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Tile most often cracks because the subflooring, underlayment or floor joist are undersized or just done wrong.
Any filler, caulking what ever is just going to make the crack more noticable, not stop it from cracking more.
The only right way to fix it is to remove and replace, even that may still crack again if the floor below it was built wrong.
Tile can not have any movement below it.
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Expect more cracks.
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This is a relatively new house and I believe the tiles are original, and the subfloor should be ok when it was built. The crack is very fine line and that's why I want to fill it.

If I have to replace the tiles, I still want to just replace the cracked ones. What is the proper way to do it then? How can I prepare the subfloor just under the tile?
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If the tiles were installed properly and the substrate was adequate you wouldn't have tiles cracking. A cracked tile could have a razor sharp edge at the break-point so be very careful.

Filling the crack will do nothing. It won't save the tile, it won't change the crack, it won't [repair] anything.

You can expect other tiles to follow suite in the future.

The substrate is not properly prepared or suitable for a tile installation and that is your problem. It isn't the tile it is the substrate.
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If you want to remoove atile use have to first remove the grout around it.
I use an ossilating saw with a diamond blade but a simple cheap hand grout saw will also work. Home Depot and Lowes will have them in the flooring area.

Once the grouts out you can break the tile in an X shape from corner to corner with a brick chisle.
Once it's all chipped out clean off the surface under it until it's all flat.
Use Thin set in a bag to install the new tile.

Just because a house is new does not mean the floor joist, subflooring and underlayment were sutable to lay tile over it.
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If the surface is not flat, what stuff I can use to make it flat?

What do you mean by "Thin set in a bag"?

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Once it's all chipped out clean off the surface under it until it's all flat.
Use Thin set in a bag to install the new tile.

Just because a house is new does not mean the floor joist, subflooring and underlayment were sutable to lay tile over it.
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Paint scraper, sander, putty knife, chisle, whatever it takes.

Just that, thin set is what a real tile setter uses, anything premixed, or trying to cheap out and using a mastic is subject to failure.
It gives a solid hard bond so there not going to just come loose.
It's sold in the flooring dept. at Lowes, Home Depot, any hardware store.
It comes in a bag, just add water.
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Any suggestion on where to get the "colored pigment"?
I use powdered tempura paint---I use this mix for wood working--filling in the void where a tool blade enters a ferrule when making lathe tools and such.

Should work for any tile crack.

Like others have said---the tile cracked because it is unsupported--so this will be a temporary repair.

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