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Rook (Rook)
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Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 02:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thank you! There are enough tiles in good shape to make this work, but for consistency even the good ones would benefit from a wash with one of the suggested treatments. I'll definitely respect the safety precautions.
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Milo (Milo)
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Posted on Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 12:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If the slates are in good shape they can be cleaned chemically with a water/oxacilic acid mix or a 3 parts water/1part muratic acid mix,but PLEASE be careful and do some research before attempting as both methods can be poisonous/hazadorous.

I made my own custom fireplace hearth tiles from good used unfading greens slate by first cutting them into 4x4 in squares with a tile saw and then "honing" them with a diamond pad and h2o in a angle grinder while holding the in tiles in a homemade wooden jig.

They came out looking like new slate tiles.

MILO

(Message edited by Milo on August 15, 2015)

(Message edited by Milo on August 15, 2015)
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Old_school (Old_school)
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Posted on Friday, August 14, 2015 - 08:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Depending on what they are, it is a whole nother ballgame! If they have started to flake, I would not use them as they will just rot away.
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Rook (Rook)
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Posted on Friday, August 14, 2015 - 04:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I bought some salvaged slate tiles that had been taken off an old church roof, and I plan to use them for my kitchen backsplash. I am a total rookie, though, not a roofer or carpenter (a competent DIYer). Can anyone recommend a method or product for cleaning (removing stains) and sealing them for this use? Do they require any special adhesive or grout, other than what's mentioned in interior tiling books?

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