Marble installation gone BAD!!

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Old 08-19-17, 02:18 PM
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Unhappy Marble installation gone BAD!!

Hi all. Pictures are worth a thousand words and I have attached pictures of my recent polished Bianco Carrara Marble installation. As you can see, the colors are so extremely different, that natural variation cannot account for the differences. The thin set is all the same and white.

Obviously I've been getting the run around from the manufacturer with a spectrum of excuses but no solutions. The whites are so extremely different than the greys, that I don't think the bridge will ever look natural.

Any of y'all experienced this or have any out of the box solutions? Demo'ing and replacing is non-viable as they only have 15 pieces left!! I've been looking for any crazy ideas such as staining or sealing the whiter marble with a grey sealer but have not found anyone pulling this off well. Any advice for salvaging this floor would be appreciated! Thanks!!
 
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I worked in an NYC office building that was built in 1925. The entire lobby was marble & terrazzo. 40 E 34th St if you want to look at it. When Trump Tower was built I went there to taka a look. The marble that you have is similar. In other words, it was assembly line squares, far different than 1920s workmanship. My suggestion is to have them bring the last 15 pieces to your house & choose the best 15 pieces to replace, in order to make it blend. Don't try to modify what's already installed.
 
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The whites are so extremely different than the greys,
I"m not a tile pro... just trying to understand the issue. Where all the tiles supposed to be one color and weren't or were there two colors intentionally used and the pattern is wrong ?

Seems like the installer should have noticed the issue.
 
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The whites should have been mixed in randomly. See what color the other pieces are and see if you can mix in a few and make it look more random.
 
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I agree with Sam - this is an installation issue, as several boxes of tile should have been opened and used to supply the installer, not just open one box and use those tiles till it's empty and then open another.
 
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Who bought the Tiles . . . . did they know there were multiple lots involved and were they warned that the color might change slightly (?) from lot to lot ?

The installation may have been perfect; but if the materials supplied were from mixed batches, the job is botched !
 
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How old is the installation? Some marble, especially white, will darken with too much water, and can take time to dry out. If you look closely at the first pic, you can see the darker tile drying out at the edges. Was your thinset too wet? pieces subject to excessive water? What kind of underlayment was it, and was it set with white thinset?
 
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