HOW TO FILL TRAVERTINE WITH

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  1. Stone Pro

    Stone Pro FatCat Member

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    POLYESTER RESIN.

    Yesterday in the Travertine / Marble / Natural Stone Cleaning Questions thread I posted a video showing how to fill travertine with a cementitious product. This process is the most common way to fill travertine. Using a polyester resin glue. Most people call it an epoxy. Polyester resin should be used when the hole(s) are the size of quarter or larger and/or the travertine is polished.

    OPEN HOLE IN A PIECE OF TRAVERTINE

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    PRODUCTS NEEDED TO FILL THE WHOLE
    • Knife grade polyester resin and hardener
    • Buff, brown and white colorants
    • Piece of corrugated board (cardboard)
    • Stir or mixing stick
    • Plastic blade or putty knife
    • Razor blades
    • Rags
    • Acetone
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    PLACE SOME OF THE RESIN ON THE CARDBOARD ALONG WITH THE COLORANTS YOU DECIDE TO USE.
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    MIX YOUR COLORS TO MATCH THE COLOR OF THE TRAVERTINE OR THE OTHER FILL. IT WILL NEVER MATCH EXACTLY. ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU COLOR MATCH ALL THE GLUE YOU WILL NEED TO FINISH THE JOB AT ONE TIME. ADD HARDENER TO A SMALL AMOUNT AT A TIME. EVEN IF YOU HAAVE JUST ONE HOLE SAVE SOME GLUE, THE RESIN CAN SHRINK UP TO 3% AND A SECOND APPLICATION MAY BE REQUIRED.
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    ONCE YOU ARE HAPPY WITH YOUR COLOR MATCH ADD YOUR HARDENER. USE A PEA SIZE OF THE HARDENER TO A GOLF BALL SIZE OF THE RESIN. THE HARDENER IS THE WHITE BLOB ON TOP.
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    PLACE THE RESIN OVER THE HOLE.
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    WORK IT IN WITH YOUR PLASTIC BLADE OR PUTTY KNIFE. YOU HAVE APPROXIMATELY 7 TO 10 MINUTES TO WORK WITH THE RESIN BEFORE IT BEGINS TO SET UP (HARDEN).

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    ONCE IT STARTS TO HARDEN EVEN THE SURFACE WITH A RAZOE BLADE. BE CAREFUL NOT TO SCRATCH THE TRAVERTINE. CAUTION...IF YOU WIAT TO LONG YOU THE GLUE WILL BE TOO HARD TO RAZOR BLADE.
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    YOU NOW HAVE MOST OF THE RESIDUAL OFF.
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    FINISH CLEANING THE AREA WITH ACETONE. THIS WILL ALSO GIVE A SHINE TO THE RESIN.
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    FINISHED! NO MORE HOLE!

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    THINGS TO REMEMBER​
    • Blow or vacuum out the hole(s) before you fill.​
    • Golf ball size of resin to pea size of hardener.​
    • Don't add your color directly to the resin.​
    • Color all the glue you need for the job at one time.​
    • Always save some resin in case of shrinkage.​
    • Add hardener after you match color.​
    • Pay attention as the resin begins to set. DON'T forget about it.​
    • MAKE GOOD $$$$$$$$$$$​

    The resin is also available already colored. From left to right limestone, white, traverfill and buff.


     
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  2. freemind

    freemind Syndicated FatCat Entreprenuer

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    A few questions Rob....

    1 Why only on larger holes? What if you have several holes the size of a pea, or even smaller?
    2 Do you polish the travertine FIRST then fill, or fill then polish?
    3 If you polish after fill, does it mess with the look of the fill?
     
  3. Stone Pro

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    1. Sorry for the confusion. You can fill any size hole with the resin. You cant use the powder in holes larger than a quarter. It's not strong enough.
    2. When using the resin you fill first then polish so the look of the two is more consistent. Clean up isn't as important either if you are going to polish after the fill.
    3. Polishing after makes the fill look more natural. Well, as natural as it's going to.
     
  4. Torrey W

    Torrey W Syndicated Entrepreneur

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    Great info.

    I've seen these holes appear later in travertine when a hole breaks through or was existing from day one. I have tried filling with grout, but just didn't look right.

    This looks like factory finish!

    I think I'm looking forward to the next one I see now.
     
  5. Jeff Kondra

    Jeff Kondra FatCat Member

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    I taught Rob and Johnny how to do this shiznit… call me anytime
     
  6. Stone Pro

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    Killing me Jeff!!

    Torrey, travertine has holes all through it and become exposed over time. Filling is a constant job. Grout is not a solution for filling. Sanded grout will scratch the stone and non-sanded grout is not strong enough to fill a hole larger than 1/8".
     
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    And your son Tyler taught you Jeff. :)
     
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  8. Stone Pro

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    Absolutely right Mr. Bravo! We saw it with our own eyes.
     
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