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Old 07-25-2011, 03:52 PM   #16
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I would probably use coverstain (it's oil based) after making sure you wipe the hardie down to remove any dust.

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Is there a particular primer you would recommend for what I'm going to do - stud/Hardie/Onyx - ?
Primer for what?

I must have fallen from the ride when we went through that last tunnel.
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I must have fallen from the ride when we went through that last tunnel.
I barely hung on myself For painting the walls prior to the onyx going on because it's translucent and may otherwise see shadowing behind it.
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For painting the walls prior to the onyx going on because it's translucent and may otherwise see shadowing behind it.
Ah-Ha!
Never heard of anyone doing that. If you are sure the onyx will telegraph I suppose you should be using a quality exterior paint that will also be compatible with the adhesive. I suggest you ask the onyx-provider people that question.
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Yep, cultured onyx will "telegraph" it is somewhat translucent. I'm sure an exterior paint would work fine also.......As for adhesives, clear silicone usually with onyx for me.
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Yep, cultured onyx will "telegraph" it is somewhat translucent.
Now I have to go look at some samples first chance I get. Seems like a crappy way to make a product. I wonder why the maker doesn't coat the backside?
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Eh, it's a style. For solid coloring of course cultured marble, but for visual depth the onyx...For all I know some manufacturers might do that behind their panels but none I've ever done business with, of course I'm very pleased with my current manufacturer and so have stuck with them for years now. Figure it's either pay them for the extra step/material after the mold set or paint the walls myself......I'd rather just paint the walls.
Can get some nice effects with the onyx also, under vanity lighting that glows up throw the top, done correctly makes one heck of a cool night light
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Gotcha!

Several years ago when glass tile was reincarnated most of the backs where clear, some were frosted. It rapidly became a problem in that any installer that didn't pay attention would have trowel marks showing through to the surface and hence: complaints.

Seems that now most glass tile comes with an opaque coating fired into the back of the glass. I suppose you can still get clear (see thru) glass tiles but I'm not seeing many of them these days that don't have the backside adjusted.

Hadn't thought about back-lighting.

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