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Old 11-17-2011, 12:29 AM   #1
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I just noticed some fill in a travertine tile busted out. I have extra tiles and might eventually replace the tile but right now I'm only after a temporary solution. I don't have time to do the work that needs done right now and this came up as just icing on the cake. If what i did worked out to be a permanent solution, that would be better. i don't want to buy a whole bag of whatever to do one little repair. I'm doing some tile downstairs that is getting non sanded off white grout. I figured it would look ok but being non sanded it probably wouldn't hold up. Is there anything I could mix with it. Or fill it mostly in first so the grout would just be a top coat? I have concrete, mortar, floor leveler, thinset
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You can do a fix on that with two part epoxy and powdered travertine.

If you have a scrap of the stone--crush it into a powder---mix some epoxy---add the powder---

fill that and wipe clean---if the stone is 'honed' and has no shine---you could use fine sandpaper to blend and flatten the fill after it dries.

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I'm really glad you included all four common US coins. I wouldn't have been able to figure out what size it was if you'd only shown, say, the penny or the quarter.

If you're going to replace it and want a temporary solution, then the most obvious solution is to do nothing. Are people catching their shoes on it or something?
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I'm really glad you included all four common US coins. I wouldn't have been able to figure out what size it was if you'd only shown, say, the penny or the quarter.
I went looking for a coin and found all 4 siting there like it was meant to be
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If you're going to replace it and want a temporary solution, then the most obvious solution is to do nothing. Are people catching their shoes on it or something?
Im going to work in another city and I'm getting ready to rent my house out. Right now I have no time. But when I get back ill probably have all the time in the world.
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Gotcha. Definitely a safety issue then.

Mike's idea certainly is intriguing. I'll have to remember the process for the future.
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Go to your local granite supply place and get yourself some travertine fill. Itís a floor grout that comes in light travertine and dark travertine color. Mix it with water according to the mixing instructions on the container. When you get the desired consistency overfill the damaged area of the tile slightly, using a putty knife. The overfilling will create a slight mound over the damaged area. When dry, sand the filled area of tile, using an orbital sander with 60 grit sandpaper then sand again with medium grit sandpaper like 100 grit until the grit marks from the 60 grit sandpaper are gone and keep sanding with finer grits until all grit marks have been removed. Once all marks are removed you can apply a stone sealer with a towel and re-apply as needed until you have achieved the desired sheen.
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i think im gonna go with the go with the epoxy and crushed travertine. In my mind it should be a permanent fix as it should be extremely hard and stick very well. I wanted a temporary solution, but obviously id rather have a permanent one as long as im going through the effort
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220 grit sandpaper----

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