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Wesley23
Sanding Tile?

I used the wrong product to seal my tile grout. I used a tile sealer instead of a grout sealer. The tile sealer is made for porous tile, and I have smooth ceremic (so much for reading the bottle well). At first the tile looked gorgeous with a great shine, but then the sealer started peeling off after a few weeks. My question is - how do I get the rest of the peeling sealer off (it's a LOT of tile - sunroom, bathroom, kitchen) so that I can reseal the grout correctly? Can I use a wet/dry high grit sandpaper? I've looked into some commercial tile cleaner, but it seems to work for removing "grout" haze, not "dumb mistake sealer" haze. Please help...:confused:

sabo4545
Re: Sanding Tile?

You could try Goof Off, it will take a lot of stuff off. Just of course try it in an inconspicuous place so if it damages the tiles it wont be noticeable.

Raymond3
Re: Sanding Tile?
Wesley23 wrote:

I used the wrong product to seal my tile grout. I used a tile sealer instead of a grout sealer. The tile sealer is made for porous tile, and I have smooth ceremic (so much for reading the bottle well). At first the tile looked gorgeous with a great shine, but then the sealer started peeling off after a few weeks. My question is - how do I get the rest of the peeling sealer off (it's a LOT of tile - sunroom, bathroom, kitchen) so that I can reseal the grout correctly? Can I use a wet/dry high grit sandpaper? I've looked into some commercial tile cleaner, but it seems to work for removing "grout" haze, not "dumb mistake sealer" haze. Please help...:confused:

Try using a palm sander with a scouring pad cut to fit. Does the sealer suggest a clean up solution which you could use with the scouring pad. I just removed some very tough grout haze by this method. If your tile is smooth enough, it may also come off with a razor like taking paint off a window. That would take a while and you could scratch the tile so would experiment in a corner. Good luck.

HoustonRemodeler
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Start with the manufacturer's tech support. They will know best.

If there is no help, I'd use an old trick of wetting the surface, than covering the area with sheet plastic to hold the water in and keep it from evaporating. The water may do the trick in loosening the film. If it doesn't, all you'll get is a clean floor.

Can't hurt.

MichaelInOr
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I was about 1/3 of the way through remodeling my house when I found SpectraLock epoxy tile grout. I will NEVER go back to cement based grout again. Epoxy grout NEVER needs to be sealed or resealed and is MUCH stronger than conventional grout!

I would never use any grit sand paper on tile. That is just going to ruin your tile. I would start experimenting with maybe a heat gun and varous various chemicals. Call the manufacture, they might be able to lead you in the right direction.

HoustonRemodeler
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Michael,

Have you looked at Prism, Flexcolor CQ or Fusion Pro grouts? When these came along we stopped using Spectralock

MichaelInOr
Re: Sanding Tile?
HoustonRemodeler wrote:

Michael,

Have you looked at Prism, Flexcolor CQ or Fusion Pro grouts? When these came along we stopped using Spectralock

I will look into them the next time I do tile. Master bath is on the short list. I probably wont remember the names but just knowing there are grouts out there superior to SpectraLock will prompt research before selecting a grout. Thanks for the tip!

A. Spruce
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MichaelInOr wrote:

I will look into them the next time I do tile. Master bath is on the short list. I probably wont remember the names but just knowing there are grouts out there superior to SpectraLock will prompt research before selecting a grout. Thanks for the tip!

First off, welcome to TOH, where it is great to help others and be helped. The core group here is a bunch of fantastic people that are knowledgeable and good folks to be around.

Now, if I may, we understand the exuberance of new comers to the site, wanting to be helpful, and such, the thing is, dredging up old, dead threads is a bit of a no-no. If you've got relevant information or updates, that is one thing, but making posts to months old, let alone years old, topics, well, just don't. A good rule of thumb is, if the thread has gone more than 1 or 2 months without an updated post, odds are, the original poster is long gone, the question was answered, or any number of other reasons for the thread going dormant. Answer anything you want, just keep it to current, active threads.

Again, welcome to TOH, we look forward to getting to know you better.

dj1
Re: Sanding Tile?

When it comes to putting it down on paper (or screen), nobody does it better than Spruce, who writes what many of us have in mind.

Except when he rants over "evil orange", aka home burrito or home depot, wink wink.

MichaelinOr, By no mean, this is not an attempt to minimize your contributions.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Sanding Tile?

Try ammonia, that removes wax and acrylics. Then try lacquer thinner, that dissolves styrene.
Casey

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