Has anyone tried using Stone Sealer (Aqua Mix, etc) inside a toilet?

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by jefferson17, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. jefferson17

    jefferson17 New Member

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    I first searched this forum but didn't see anything like this here so I thought I'd give it a shot. We are redoing our master bath and using natural stone for the floor (mocha onyx) and shower (beige travertine). Naturally this requires stone sealer for everything. A single coat is "ok" but after the second coat ... wow ... water just beads up like anything - pretty darn cool I must say. Granted we are using an enhancing sealer because we want "that look". But Aqua Mix also does make sealers that are not also color enhancers.

    So, I got to thinking, while researching toilets today. And I started to wonder - why not try a penetrating or stone sealer on a new porcelain toilet, to seal up all those microscopic pores, say 2 coats and see what happens. I can't imagine that a stone sealer could HURT porcelain, unless perhaps it was already specially treated like Toto Sanagloss.

    Has anyone tried this? Terry - have you given this a shot? If not, would you mind doing so and seeing what happens? I'm guessing that you have more toilets around for experimenting then I do :)

    Regards,

    Jeff
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  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    I doubt that there are enough "microscopic pores" in a toilet to "grab" the sealer.
  3. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    The sealer generally penetrates into the pores of the stone, which are likely to be larger than you'd have in a proper porcelain glaze. Some stones won't absorb any sealer and it is a waste of time and money to apply it (although the grout will). I'd expect the same result on a toilet...no effect, but I don't think it would hurt it.
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    jefferson17 New Member

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    If that were the case, then wouldn't those same bowls should be pretty darn resistant to any "stickage" and staining from their normal function?
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    A microscopic image of the glaze would likely show it is very bumpy, but that has nothing to do with a hole or pore through it. Something like Sanaglos from Toto or Wondergloss from Duravit utilizes a different type of glaze that is much smoother, but it's still not perfectly smooth. I'd expect there are no holes through it, though.

    A porcelain glazed piece doesn't absorb moisture. A natural stone can (depending on what it is).
  6. jefferson17

    jefferson17 New Member

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    Yeah I guess that makes sense - bumpy but no actual holes ... otherwise the water would slowly leak through, right? And that wouldn't be good :)

    I had also emailed Aqua Mix to see what they think and here's what I got back:

    "Thank you for contacting us. Although there is no hard in doing this… the sealer will NOT be able to seal the inside of a new porcelain bowl as the non-absorbent finish is designed to resist all liquids from absorbing, including our sealers."

    Ah well ... nothing ventured, nothing gained ...
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; If that were the case, then wouldn't those same bowls should be pretty darn resistant to any "stickage" and staining from their normal function?

    Yes, and that is the DEFINITION of a toilet's glaze. Surface stains wipe off, but they do NOT penetrate the surface of the porcelain. China sinks are the same way.
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