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  1. martinski76

    martinski76 New to TilersForums.co.uk

    Location:
    Norwich
    Hi everyone - hoping someone here can help. Have received some riven slate bathroom tiles and 1/4 are scratched to some degree. The supplier is telling me this is natural and should be expected. Are they right?

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  2. Paul C.

    Paul C. Professional Tiler

    Unfortunately, dark coloured slate does show scratches very easily and there are loads of ways they can happen. from left over cutting residue and grit from the factory, the way they've been handled, transport damage, the list goes on. Regardless of who the supplier is or the country of origin, you never get 100% perfect slate. But its a natural product so you shouldn't expect it to be.

    Clear sealers can disguise them a little, but the only sealer I've used that will make the scratches completely invisible is LTP Stone Oil which I tested on honed slate.... you can sneeze on that stuff and it scratches! (other similar oil based sealers are available by the way). Minor surface scratches are inevitable even after fitted, grit on shoes, dropping stuff on them etc.... the stone oil will colour the scratch to the true slate colour, blending it in perfectly. All you have to do is dab a bit on a cloth and rub it into the affected area and buff clean. The whole scratch repair process can take less than a minute although full curing of the oil will take longer. Deeper scratches may need sanding down before applying the sealer.

    So use Stone Oil as a primary sealer, couple of good coats before grouting and a further coat after and you won't even notice the scratches were even there, and keep some back for doing future scratch covering.

    Actually.... Come to think of it, here is a PDF of the test I did. Aimed at honed and brushed slate but works for riven too. Hope you find it useful.
     

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  3. Lou

    Lou Admin Staff Member Top Contributor NOT a Tiler

    Location:
    Staffordshire
    Hello, welcome to the forum. One of the lads or ladies will be along soon to help you out!
     
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  4. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Yes it's a naturally soft surface material and will be subject to some scratching. You can use a fine sandpaper to gently rub it out or use a soft lead pencil to shade it in. Once they have been cleaned, impregnated and sealed then they can look great.
    With all stone products you have to be prepared for regular maintenance and upkeep.
     
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  5. Plan Tec Tiling

    Plan Tec Tiling Administrator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    I've merged the two threads the Op had as they were identical
     
  6. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    So why is Paul C before me?
    Mine was the shorter, better reply.
    Next you'll be saying his was 3 hours earlier.
     
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  7. Plan Tec Tiling

    Plan Tec Tiling Administrator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Wimborne, Dorset
    Yep!:p:D
     
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  8. Paul C.

    Paul C. Professional Tiler

    Shorter, agreed...... better, why?
     
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  9. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Slate is very very easily scratched, and it shows a lot because of the colour.
     
  10. martinski76

    martinski76 New to TilersForums.co.uk

    Location:
    Norwich
    I understand that they scratch easily, but I'm being told by the supplier that these scratches are natural and that I should accept them as such. Having never bought slate tiles before I'm not sure if that's true or not?
     
  11. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Some will come out of the box scratched yes. Have they been sealed yet ?
     
  12. martinski76

    martinski76 New to TilersForums.co.uk

    Location:
    Norwich
    No not yet. Does that make a difference?
     
  13. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    It usually helps hide scratches like those in the picture. Even more so with some sealers and colour intensifiers
     
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