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I have spoken to two company agents who say they repair chips in ceramic tile using grout, stain and sealer.  Is this a proper, effective and durable way to repair chips?

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Thank you for your question Bernard,

   Typically once a tile (Porcelain/Ceramic) has a chip on the surface anything attempted will be a temporary fix over the long haul. There are bonified repair kits out there that are mildly successful for an undetermined period of time. Using the process you have listed in your question I have a dubious feeling as to its relative success. It is for reasons like this Bernard that I have long recommended that folks, when they are considering their tile purchase options that they always look for a "light colored" bisk or the back of the tile so that chips and scratches are far less noticeable. Of course what is done is done especially if the tile was installed in the house prior to your arrival. So the short answer is you can "Dr" a chip to make it look better and there are people out there who have the skill to do this, just keep in mind that typically it will need to be done again at some point down the road. And the ingredients listed above for your repair???....my opinion is it is neither proper or effective and likely not very durable. Ok Bernard I hope this helps you with your problem, feel free to return anytime...

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Perry Vellenga

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Ceramic Tile/Marble. I can answer questions about floor preparation, tile selection, layout questions, performance of products, expectations of finish, compatabilities, questions about grout and epoxies, evaluating an installer, asking the right questions to check competence...more? 33 years this August 2012/ many years in commercial application from exterior finishes to Mall store fronts/ interior finishes like floor packages in stores inside Malls examples: The Limited, Lerner/NY, Lane Bryants, Bombay Co., Now involved in Residential new construction covering all types of interior finishes and designs.

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I worked in an exclusive field of floorcovering called "Tenant Development" which is by invitational bid only, by way of a National bid list. These are large floor packages usually over 3500 sq. ft. of 18" x 18" Marble and Granite and many other types of Marble and sizes. They are specialty stores where the floor package can cost upwards of $50,000 for one store. I have also done "Structure" stores and J. Riggins stores, Lane Bryant,Express and Body Shop stores where wood flooring is used. Presently work for a National Flooring Company in the Residential new construction arena that covers most interior design elements..Granite Slab tops/wood flooring both job finished and prefinished ect..

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My response's are published all across the Internet and picked up by multiple Interior Design sites and Industry related web sites where people have questions...

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