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Topic: Sealant for carved tile?  (Read 1259 times)
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« on: November 13, 2009 04:11:42 AM »

Greetings.  First off, I'm a newbie here, so I'm in the wrong place please accept my apologies.  I've searched the forums and can't seem to find what I'm looking for.

Among other things, I carve tiles, which leaves the ceramic or porcelain exposed (see here for an example: http://cassandra-rising.deviantart.com/art/Celtic-Trivet-95397268).  I would really like to be able to use these tiles in splash guards and on walls - but I'm afraid that the exposed areas would get discolored (particularly from mildew) over time.  Is that worry justified? The tiles I've used as coasters have cleaned easily, but they they don't get the long-term low level grime that an area around a sink would.

Can anyone recommend a sealant that I could put over the tiles that would preserve their appearance and make cleaning easier?  I don't have a kiln, just so you know.
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2009 09:22:43 AM »

I would suggest coating the entire tile in a clear glaze before curing in the kiln. You can also add clear glaze to finished tiles and re-fire them. That's what I would do. I'm sure you can also ask someone at the local hardware store about sealants that can be used on ceramic. Hope that's a little bit of a help!
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2013 05:47:28 AM »

Yes clear ceramic glaze would be ideal but if that is not an option I'd suggest a good thick application of polyurethane varnish.
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