I’m with Fred on this one…I NEVER recommend and certainly spend a great deal of time talking customers out of applying topical to ceramic/porcelain.  It’s a maintenance nightmare no matter what…if you want a “glossy” tile….BUY a glossy tile.  Attempting to make it “glossy” artificially will only cause headaches and nobody can predict the time frame between maintenance calls.  I think everyone buys headaches when they do this…just my .02….




From: fhueston@gmail.com [mailto:fhueston@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Dr Fred
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 8:26 AM
To: Restoration and Maintenance
Subject: RE: [sccpartners] Some gloss for rough tile?


your really looking for a maitenance headache if you go with any coating. If you do the best choice would be the stoneloc.  You may want to try a tile polish. I beleive stone care central has a two step process. If not contact Chad..I know he has one.



On Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 8:13 PM, Baird Standish <bairdstandish@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Everyone,
We were recently asked to provide a recommendation for shining up some rough "quarry" tile on the main floor of a restaurant.  The restaurant has approximately 1500 square feet of a ceramic tile stamped to look like a quarry tile.  It really fooled me until I noticed that the exact same pattern is replicated on the surface of every tile.  About half of the tile on one side of the restaurant is really rough.  That is, rough to the touch and also matte with very  little gloss.  The tile on the other side of the floor looks identical except that it appears to have more factory glaze on it which gives it a somewhat smoother finish and a little more gloss. The manager would like to have the whole floor shined up to give the restaurant a fresh crisp look.  Not sure if she knows exactly how glossy she wants it.
So I am looking for some recommendations for sealers that might be appropriate.  Things that I have been thinking about are:  first, the tiles on either side of the restaurant  are slightly different from each other.  Secondly, the tile is ceramic, not quarry or natural stone.  I'm afraid that a polymer might peal.  Stonelok MLT that was suggested by John Freitag on another job comes to mind because it would perhaps bind better.  At the other end, maybe a very light coating of something that needs to be replenished often on a maintenance contract would work.  I told the manager I would put together samples of a few products to show her. Probably a good idea to give her a range of slightly glossy to very glossy.  I know she is not looking for an acrylic wax, which I dismissed anyway.  Below are a few photos.  Thanks much.

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