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Old 04-26-2013, 10:31 PM   #1
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Sealing pebble tile before install

I have read allot where it is recommended to seal pebble tile before grouting so the tile is not discolored by the grout. Well, I have a very porous unsealed pebble tile, so porous it almost seems like some of the stone, about maybe 5% are, in as mush as that seems like it could be 1/2 pummis.

The problem is, and maybe it's not a problem as I have read that it is advised to seal the pebbles before grouting, BUT, I sealed them before laying them.

Yes, I got a little ahead of myself. I laid them all out and washed them in sealer. Boy they do look nice.

So my question is, did I wreck them by sealing them before installing (laying them in the Thinset)?

By the way, they are going to be an inlaid "accent" border in regular tile in the dry area of a bathroom and as a horizontal decorative "accent" border about 48" above the floor in the shower. did I ruin them by sealing them before install. That is Question #1.

Also, I have some other pebble tiles that are going into the shower floor. They are a different color. They are sliced pebble tile. Unsealed. I want them to have the "wet" look (where the other pebbles I have already sealed, I do not - and they don't). Do I seal before or after install, before or after grout? When do I put on a color enhancer? Do I seal after the color enhancer?

I am using SpectraLock "Epoxy" Grout.

Thank you for all your help. I love tile!!!

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