Repair Marble tile?

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Old 01-07-01, 10:44 AM
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I had marble tile installed on my fireplace. It was a very poor job and almost every tile was sanded by installer to even off the corners. Naturally it left all the tiles scratched and damaged. I have had an estimate for repairing it and the cost is so high it was suggested that I just have the tile completely sanded to remove all the finish and leave it an unfinished marble. Since acids remove the finish on marble, is it possible to remove all the shinny finish with an acid or chemical, thus eliminating all the sanding?
 
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Old 01-07-01, 02:10 PM
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Hi Carol,

Yes, acid certainly will remove the sheen from the marble, but unless you etch it very deeply, it won't hide the scratches. If you have a spare piece of marble, you could experiment with sufamic acid. Sulfamic, obtainable from a tile supplier, is fairly mild. I would not recommend you try anything stronger. I would also recommend that you not experiment directly on the fireplace, as I don't think you will like the result.

John
 
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