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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-04-2007, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Its a simple question right

I have a stone floor I put in my basement 12x12 slate tiles. Every time I mop it I think "wow...this really really great with a wet look to it, the darks are more dark and the color gradients really pop so much better with a wet look to the stone and the little sheen it gets from moisture really pops against my cherry stained and polyed wainscoting".

It is a very rough stone floor so even when wet it is not slippery because of all the surface variations, but if I poured out a big old tub of poly and mopped it around would it work? Would I end up with a little more gloss look to the floor or would I some how destroy the floor that I've worked so many back breaking hours installing?

I'm reminded of the brick floor we saw at the auto museum for CF in Nebraska and the sheen it had.

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-04-2007, 11:03 AM
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you can get a water based high gloss, satin, or low gloss stone sealer at home depot or lowes .. I wouldnt use polyurethane.
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I think that there are products specifically made for sealing stone/concrete that may give you the look you are looking for. I don't think that an actual poly would adhere well enough to hold onto the slate and begin to flake off over time.

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Why is it I can never have 'just the right thing' laying around to do what ever the 'great idea' I just had is

I have 4 gallons of Poly sitting here because as usual I overbought when I needed to poly all the woodwork in the basement (with Homedepot an hour away the last thing you want to do is run out of something 3/4 of the way through a job so I have starting collecting/amassing a small mountain of home improvement supplies)

I suppose one of these days I will have to load up the truck and take it all back, without receipts because I can never keep those around and get store credit or something (if anything at all).

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just go out and put a nice wainscot on your new garage interior then you'll have plenty of place to use that poly!


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If I did that....I would need more poly

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That's the brick floor I mentioned....while I don't want the full overboard they went with that floor...I do want to 'gloss' up the slate floor a little

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Hey, a question I can answer! You want an enhancing sealer. Will look just like you've just mopped it, but not a glossy look and easy to apply. HD, Lowes,or any tile store will have it. Aquamix is one brand, but there are several out there. You can even use this on the tile in your kitchen, unless it's already been sealed.

You don't want to use Poly, cause then the stone won't really breath anymore, not good.

Aquamix sealer.
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That's the brick floor I mentioned....while I don't want the full overboard they went with that floor...I do want to 'gloss' up the slate floor a little
Oops, didn't make it to the last sentence. :blush:

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Well...I went to Ace since Home depot and Lowes are so far away....and they actually had "slate sealer" in little quarts. So I bought their entire stock....4 quarts

One coat seals and adds a light sheen
Two coats give it a glossy look

Got the first coat on and I happy with the results so far but then again it is still wet. 1 gallon is suppose to cover 700 to 1000 sq feet. I mopped it on and I think I have just enough left that I can run around and put a second coat on (which I plan on doing later tonight).

It sure looked and smelled like poly though

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Well today went a whole lot better than expected. I spent a couple hours mopping the last of the grout dust of my slate floor and then applied the sealer I found at Ace Hardware.

I had just enough for 2 coats and after 2 hours of dry time on the second coat...I still have a great luster on the floor and good highlighting of the color variances between tiles and within tiles

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Looking good, Nick!

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Looks good.
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