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Old 10-29-2013, 08:22 AM   #1
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travertine backsplash - seal then grout?

I'm doing 2"x4" travertine subway tiles (the kind mounted on 1'x1' meshback) and would like to know:

(1) sanded or un-sanded grout?
(2) do I seal the tile before AND after grouting?



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Old 10-30-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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The only factor that determines whether you should use sanded vs unsanded grout is the size of your grout spaces. 1/8" and below use unsanded.

Read the instructions on the different sealers. When I used polished travertine I sealed before and after, but i think for the stuff with the pits etc you're expected to partially fill them with grout and not seal before. Not positive.


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Well, OK, that's the textbook answer about sanded vs unsanded grout in a travertine backsplash application, but there is texture to consider too; I like a smooth grout there not a rough one that the sanded would give...

I am also not a fan of presealing; I say go ahead and apply, then grout with unsanded grout, then seal - if you want as it's not really necessary in such a dense stone. Plus exactly what are you sealing against anyway?
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