Custom Building Products Travertine Repair Kit is a complete kit to repair cracked or damaged travertine. This product provides a durable fix that matches most colors of travertine. Easy to use and takes less than five minutes.
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80%of customersrecommend this product16 of 20reviews
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80%of customersrecommend this product16 of 20reviews
This product has both "dark" and "light" colors. On our beige travertine tile, even the "dark" appears blazing white. After filling in a crack with "dark" it became an eyesore. This product would have been substantially better if "dark" was at least several shades darker for our application. Even better if it came with some tints for browns and yellows, which our tile also has.
It does seal cracks and pits pretty well, and I found it works best to apply in small amounts wiping over the surface with a minimally damp paper towel. The slight extra moisture thins the product enough to let it penetrate even tiny hairline cracks and pits. Dries rock solid.
How do I start. Well, I purchased a marble vanity top from a small hole in the wall liquidation guy. The reason he had it was there was a crack along the left corner. A granite/marble supplier wanted $100. to fill in the crack. I took my chances that the plumber would install it in one piece. And he did. So I thought I would just put something on top of it to cover it. Then I saw this travertine repair kit. It was like something falling from the heavens. I used it. 2 coats and it looks great! With all the natural veining, you cannot see the crack anymore. I will just seal it and use it forever!!!
Pros: High Quality of Material, Easy to Install, Looks Great
This product was a disappointment for us. Probably OK IF your travertine is very light in color.
This kit comes with two small containers of patching material - a "light" and a "dark" which are supposed to be mixed to make a best color match. The colors represented on the box are pretty accurate (I had thought a printing error) - but I would describe them as "light" and "lighter" - almost indistinguishable. Even the "dark" was way too light for our application. Our travertine flooring actually has a pinkish cast overall so this kit was way off. I cheated and added in a trace of red food coloring to the dark material (I was never that good at chemistry); we'll see...
This product would be greatly improved if a container of much darker material was provided - and even better if some coloring material was provided so a much wider range of travertine coloring could be addressed.
This product is easy to use and they are correct that it matches the majority of travertine colors. The kit comes with two good size containers with the patching product. Each container is a different color, one light and one dark. The kit comes with a plastic bag that you mix the two colors in to create the desired matching color. When mixing, you knead the mix, very much like bread dough.
Up until now the process is very simple and easy to do. When applying the product on the floor, you use the included tool in the kit. The process of applying the product to the floor is very similar to applying sparkle on a wall. The part that requires a little bit of practice and skill is keeping the product from remaining on the floor outside of the crack or hole. I found that I had a harder time of this on the thin cracks because of needing enough product on the tool to fill the crack, but the crack being so narrow it was hard to get it filled. In the beginning I felt that I was getting more product on top of tile than inside the crack which required some extra cleanup. After doing this a few times, I developed my technique that worked very well. I would recommend to start in a corner or inconspicuous spot. By doing this, by the time you reach the more visible areas, you should have the technique down.
Pros: High Quality of Material, Looks Great, Great Instructions, Looks High End, Effective, easy to prepare
This product was fairly easy to use. It acts quite a lot like sandless grout. I used a screwdriver to knock off any other loose travertine in the holes, or remove collapsing areas before installation. I then applied the product in several layers to get it to smooth and to about the right level with the floor and then scraped down any excess. It says that it's for shallow holes, but I had one collapse all the way down to the mortar...and then to the concrete below due to a comb line; I filled it about 1/4 inch at a time, which allowed it to dry in layers. Some of my holes were also wider so I used a larger scraper than they provided. I've had no problem with any of it coming out of the holes even with the layered approach and it's been about a month now. I was a bit lax about cleaning off the "film" because I kept disrupting the patch, so I've had to work on cleaning that up after the fact, while not damaging the surface of the surrounding travertine; take the time to do the cleaning as it's installed. My only issue is that I've got travertine that's fairly beige with some brown in it, and the darker tub of color was not quite dark enough; my floor is fairly "busy" with colors, but it bothers me that the patched areas are a bit too white. Likely, I'm the only person who can see it. I almost wish that I had bought some modified sandless grout of a more appropriate color and experimented, but didn't want to buy 5 lbs of it and I'm not sure that this product doesn't have additional components that make it better than grout. I put grout sealer on it to keep it from getting too dirty...and then realized that I should have dumped some tea on it, to get it to a slightly darker color so that it matched up a bit better. The final surface is like grout, so the patches get scuffed easier than the surrounding tile (but do clean up again) and it's not as smooth as the tile, but it's a lot better than holes and collapsed areas that keep propagating, are rough on the feet, and quickly fill up with dirt, etc.
My 10 year old travertine floors had developed pits in the past 3 or 4 years and I've been searching for something to fill them in which would match the colors in the stone. I had 6 or 7 larger pits of about 1" in diameter and numerous other smaller pits. I had read the previous reviews about this product and was somewhat concerned about color matching since the light and dark fillers are both very light in appearance. I just mixed a little food coloring into the filler in a ziploc sandwich bag, kneaded the filler to get the color just right and filled in the pits. I'd suggest smoothing the filler off with a drop or two of water spread on the top of the repair to obtain the smoothest surface flush with your floor and very carefully wiping up any excess filler with a damp paper towel. The repairs I made are very hard to spot and the product is as hard as concrete. The ability to color this product to match your existing stone, while not mentioned anywhere in the kit, makes it an incredible value!
Dropped a can on my travertine tile floor and nice big chunk of tile chipped right out of the center of one of the floor tiles. UGH!! This product worked wonders. I mixed this product to the desired color and I tested the color in and inconspicuous area and it took me 2 attempts to match it as my stone doesn't have lots of veining to disguise a mismatch in color. I recommend taking your time to get the correct match. When I got the desired color I filled the crack and tried to clean up as much as possible right away so that there was no residue around the patch. I'm curious to see how durable this repair product will be over time but I guess I can simply repair it again as it's better than trying to replace the tile. I imagine this can be used for many surfaces and I'm going to try some experiments on other stone and marble to see how it works. Now I wonder if they make a product like this for crows feet and smile lines...
Pros: High Quality of Material, Looks Great, Effective
Cons: not a con per se but it takes time to color match
The idea of having a fill for the holes in a travertine floor is an excellent idea. This product did a good job of filling the holes. THe only downside that I saw was that I could not blend a color from the two different color putty's they included to match the color of my floor tiles adequately so as not to draw attention to the filled area. They need to include a third color a little darker than the two that are enclosed. That is what was missing as well as a final sealer to seal the hole once it drys.
Pros: Easy to Install, Effective
Cons: Difficult to Clean, not enough color choices
I used this to repair a very long settling crack across my travertine tile bathroom floor in my basement. It applies just like any grout and wipes off easily. It took only minutes. Before I used it, all my guests would point out the crack to me. Now, no one can see it.
Pros: Easy to Install, Looks Great, blends in great
Travertine is a hollow based stone. Kitchen chairs with casters have crushed the thin areas of the tile exposing the hollow cavity underneath. Epoxy type fillers though they do a wonderful job are very expensive. While this kit is adequate to fill in the holes as it dries it shrinks and subsequently leaves a depression on the surface. It is better than the hole but not what I had hoped for.
It comes with two colors (light and dark). It is very easy to patch a hole because it is already mixed and ready to fill the hole like putty. Once done it dries quickly and you cannot tell where you patched.
I was expecting an epoxy type fill, but it is nothing more then 2 shades of grout in very small containers that you mix to the desired color. If you are not looking for a smooth finish than this product will work for you, but then just buy some grout at 1/4 the price.
There is a lot of repair material in two tubs (one light and one darker). Comes with everything needed and only took a few minutes to fill in about 40 small spots in the floor. There is enough material in the kit to probably last forever for the avg. homeowner just doing minor repairs. Now that is is done, I can't even find the places I filled in.
We bought 4 travertine tables at an auction & 2 of them had 2 large chips on the corners & 1 crack. We used this product & it took 3 coats for me to get it perfect & I lightly sanded. I used the darkest color but it was still too light so my wife painted it (even the patern of the travertine). It came out great...very hard to locate the damage now. I am only giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the. Color match, but you could paint it as we did to match. Great product.
This product does a good job of patching cracks, chips, and worn spots. It is easy to use and clean-up is no problem. But, as others have commented, the color range is too limited, and even the darkest color was lighter than I needed. This makes the patched areas show more than they should.
Pros: Easy to Clean, Easy to Install, Looks Great, Effective
I had several small holes/cracks in my bathroom floor tile. While it is not perfect, you do not notice them now unless you are specifically looking for them. It applies basically like spackle. The only issue is if your tiles are dark, it may not match well. However, my tiles had enough variation that it was not a big deal for me. This saved me money and time. I would definitely recommend this product.
Based on another review, I bought this product to repair a hairline crack in marble tile I had installed. It works great--making the crack look like just another seam. One caution--there is abrasive material in this product, so be careful when treating high gloss surfaces such as marble so that you don't scratch it. Perhaps put masking tape on both sides of the crack. I found out after the fact--the scratches aren't really noticeable except from a certain angle. I'm still very happy with the result.
Beware-According to the fine print on the box, this Travertine Repair Kit is "not for repairing hairline cracks." In addition, the "dark" filler is nearly identical to the "light" filler. The description is misleading.
I got this product because it had a light and a dark in it to mix to the correct color. I tried mixing it and it was too light. I used just the dark and it was still too light, plus it was to grainy and I could not get the holes filled in smoothly. I still have divots where the holes are.