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Thanks guys, that good advice. More experimentation. Probably after we tested the new sealers.
 

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Ok new tin of Lithofin on order and a tin of Universeal Rapid. Delivery tomorrow hopefully.

In meantime apologise if this is a stupid question, but what are the risks if we don’t seal the tiles at all? Builder is going to use Mapei UltraColour Plus dark grey grout. Would this stain the tiles if we didn’t seal them first?

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How big are the joints gonna be? I imagine around 5mm. Don't grout before sealing and use a wide joint grout like bal. It'll save the builder a world of pain
 
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How big are the joints gonna be? I imagine around 5mm. Don't grout before sealing and use a wide joint grout like bal. It'll save the builder a world of pain
Hi Hm, tiles already laid with 1mm spacers. Tiles have a cushion edge and are now under protective cover while he gets on with other stuff. Is the builder going to be suffering?
 

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Hi Hm, tiles already laid with 1mm spacers. Tiles have a cushion edge and are now under protective cover while he gets on with other stuff. Is the builder going to be suffering?
He'll be OK with a 1mm joint but that's very tight. Mapei ucp us very fast and on larger joints, more commonly used with stone, is a bugger to get right
 
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Make sure the protective covering is not trapping moisture in.
They’re under Corex, I think it’s called that. The sheets are taped together, to stop them sliding over each other, but the perimeter is not taped down. Cleaning/washing tiles is yet to to happen.
 
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Gulp HM, not sure what we can do about that unless we put the brakes on the whole project.

I do remember reading the adhesive packaging which said something about minimum water requirement being required to cure the adhesive. So fingers crossed there’s not much excess to come through.
 

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That's well cut stone. In all the years I fitted natural stone it was very rare you could have fitted this kind of volume with a 1mm joint.

3mm was what I always used, mainly so I could use a wide joint grout as HM suggests.

That said, the tighter the joints the better it looks in my mind.
 

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Agreed on that...really well cut, fitted a limestone floor before Christmas, started off at 3mm but the joints were varying 4,5,6,7,8mm by the third row gave up to spacers and just used a laser down the rows..
 
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All very hectic these last few days while we completed 2nd fix plumbing, electrical and kitchen installation.

Anyway end result is we went with the Universeal sealer and tested the Wapei grout. Both David and Katrina at Trade Tiler were very helpful.

Hopefully attached video shows end result of 45sqm laid.
Thanks for all help and advice
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