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Old 12-20-2011, 03:57 PM   #16
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If you used a chisel you wouldn't have to worry about soap. . . it's doesn't need to be bathed and cleaned and glistening - it needs to be abraded into submission!

I've also had decent success with a heavy-duty pumice stone (that's sold in the hardware dept) . . but a chisel or screwdriver is ideal.

Howh much do you have to do anyway - linear feet wise?

If you scrape 6" clean within two-minutes time then how much could you have gotten done since you started this thread?

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If you used a chisel you wouldn't have to worry about soap. . . it's doesn't need to be bathed and cleaned and glistening - it needs to be abraded into submission!

I've also had decent success with a heavy-duty pumice stone (that's sold in the hardware dept) . . but a chisel or screwdriver is ideal.

Howh much do you have to do anyway - linear feet wise?

If you scrape 6" clean within two-minutes time then how much could you have gotten done since you started this thread?
lol unfortunately I also have a day job and a very needy girlfriend All jokes aside, I didn't think a pumice stone would work considering how abrasive it is. So in your estimation, it wouldn't scratch the tile? I wanted to go the cautious route and continue using the Adobie pads, but as you know, they get torn up in a hurry. The "birds eye" depth is just fine right now - well under 40% in height, but its the crap on the side that is giving me fits.

I think my best bet is what you guys (and when I say guys, I mean it as a uni-sex term) have already recommended in terms of tools. Sharpening my tools with a grinder will be my next step I think as they've dulled up quite a bit. Will keep you posted. Thanks for all your help!
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:13 PM   #18
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lol unfortunately I also have a day job and a very needy girlfriend All jokes aside, I didn't think a pumice stone would work considering how abrasive it is. So in your estimation, it wouldn't scratch the tile? I wanted to go the cautious route and continue using the Adobie pads, but as you know, they get torn up in a hurry. The "birds eye" depth is just fine right now - well under 40% in height, but its the crap on the side that is giving me fits.

I think my best bet is what you guys (and when I say guys, I mean it as a uni-sex term) have already recommended in terms of tools. Sharpening my tools with a grinder will be my next step I think as they've dulled up quite a bit. Will keep you posted. Thanks for all your help!


The pumice stone I'm referring to is made for cleaning uck off of ceramic and porcelain (like cook tops - etc) . . . you're right: it's cheap and efficient if it doesn't abraid your surface. If you're using porcelain tile I'd say go for it - anything else and I'd say not to.

If time is the issue you could really lay out an area rug - cover things over - and fiddle with it over time or after Christmas.

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