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Termite 06-23-2008 09:17 AM

Sealer for slate tile
I've laid a lot of slate tile in my bathroom, including a walk-in shower, backsplash, and bathroom floor. The local tile shop sells this product:

It is a "wet look" sealer that supposedly provides 20 year performance. My wife and I definately want to enhance the look of the slate and provide a good seal as well. I have been told that two coats are suggested. It is $85/quart. :eek: I anticipate needing at least three quarts.

I have a hunch that I'm paying a lot of markup?

Does anyone have experience with any other brand of slate/stone sealer that might be available online? $85/quart feels like a rip-off...Maybe it isn't?

RippySkippy 06-23-2008 09:42 AM

I've never understood why tile sealer is so stink'n all seem like a rip off to me. Damn the tile sealer man I say. Ok rant off....

John Bridge over at the tile forum recommends StoneTech...and while I've never used it...I will be giving it a shot.

angus242 06-23-2008 10:19 AM

Yep, I only use StoneTech when it's my decision. I just used a grout sealer from Tile Shop (not the one you linked to) that I wasn't so thrilled with. The HO bought the tile and grout herself and Tile Shop sold her this stuff as a recommendation. I personally thought it was not so good. But then again, that was a GROUT sealer, not a stone sealer.
YAWZ. Is that tile shop stuff really $85 per quart????? Yeah, don't bother with that.
For your case check this out:
Before grout
After grout

It may not give you a high gloss finish (there are other products for that) but as far as I can tell, it would do the same as that tile shop stuff.

Termite 06-23-2008 11:11 AM

Maybe I'm crazy, but I feel better with the DuPont brand over the (expensive) sore brand that is currently my option. Thanks guys.

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