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Jshakour 04-06-2008 09:39 AM

Slate Tile...
Hello everyone!

My question is this....

I put down slate tile in my half bath, I have NOT grouted yet and i was wondering if there is a way to protect the slate from the grout? Meaning, the slate is porous and colorful, and I do not want the grout to fill in the top of the tile. I was at Lowes and the guy in the flooring department recommend Tile Guard Penetrating Sealer to coat the slate first before I grout. He said the grout would wipe right off the top of the slate and not comprise the look of the slate.

Does this sound right to you?

Thanks in advance,


Bud Cline 04-06-2008 12:55 PM

That's the way it's done.:)

Jshakour 04-06-2008 02:30 PM

Best way to apply?

do i need to mix it with anything or dump into a bucket and brush it on?


Bud Cline 04-06-2008 02:33 PM

Just paint it on with a brush paying close attention to all the nooks and crannies of the surfaces. Some guys worry about getting sealer between the tiles but I never give it any concern, I don't think it's a problem.

Have fun!:)

Jshakour 04-06-2008 03:01 PM

Thanks for the help I will give it a shot today and let you guys know!


Jshakour 04-07-2008 06:44 PM

I put 3 coats of sealer down, now i need to grout!

anybody have any tips?


Jshakour 04-09-2008 09:42 PM

what should the grout resemble once it is mixed?


baksdak 04-09-2008 11:03 PM

I just recently did a slate tile job and didnt seal it before the grout. It made it a little tougher to wipe all the grout off the top of the tile, but it didnt change the look of the tile. The glossy sealer I put on after all was finished made the colors really pop. I know you can do it either way, good luck with the rest of the project!

Jshakour 04-09-2008 11:12 PM

what was the name of the sealer you used?


Allison1888 04-12-2008 08:02 PM

Good choice on the slate. We added it in our foyer (after using it for a patio in our last house) and it looks great! Don't worry too much about imperfections from grout or sealers -- it is supposed to look a little lived in!

baksdak 04-13-2008 12:25 PM


Originally Posted by Jshakour (Post 115139)
what was the name of the sealer you used?


I used a gloss sealer from home depot. Very easy to use...just put it on with those cheap foam brushes you can get anywhere. Here is a link to the sealer.

Bud Cline 04-13-2008 02:11 PM

Click on the above link and you get:
"The product you are trying to view is not currently available."

baksdak 04-13-2008 04:19 PM


Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 115965)
Click on the above link and you get:
"The product you are trying to view is not currently available."

Sorry about that, it works when I click on it. Anyway, the stuff is called TileLab gloss sealer and finish. Just go to and search for it...comes in a yellow bottle. I am sure there is tons of other stuff out there that you can use also for similar results.

Jshakour 04-24-2008 11:34 PM

Here is the finished product........

I still have some scrubbing to do but nothing major. I got all of the trim done for around the doors, windows and bathtub access panel.


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