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    enhancing colour of natural stone coping

    When I built my pool in 2007 my natural stone coping was a beautiful black colour with brown and beige veins running through it. Over the years with the sun and I guess salt water the colour has turned to a dull cement looking grey and I have lost all the character of the veins also. The only time it looks good is when it is wet, last year I tried applying an impregnator from Techniseal and it looked better than new but only for a bout 2 to 3 weeks and then it looked even worse than it did before.

    Is there anything I can do to get the colour and character back?

    Thanks for your help
    Mario
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    Re: enhancing colour of natural stone coping

    If it looks good wet, then a good sealer should help. The old sealer will have to be removed before applying the new sealer. Using a paint brush will give a better result than a roller. The brush allows you to work in the sealer creating a better finish. A roller tends to give uneven superficial results. Try a test spot first to see if you get good results. Using sealer can make the coping slippery when wet, so take that into consideration when evaluating the test spot.

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    Re: enhancing colour of natural stone coping

    I removed the old sealer and even pressure washed the stone,

    before I attempt to reseal it I am curious to see if anyone can recommend the best sealer that will last and withstand salt water and sun.
    I.G. Vinyl 17,000 gl. 16 x 32 cresent, 11' steps, spillover spa, natural rock waterfall, saltwater, Aqualogic P4 system w/aquapod and spa side remote, Aqua rite T-15 salt, Hayward H250, Hayward cartridge filter, 2 x 1.5hp Hayward superpump(pool & spa), 1 x 1hp superpump(waterfall)

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    Re: enhancing colour of natural stone coping

    I have visited a few stone places in and around my area and I found the following penetrating sealers.

    Aqua Mix Enrich N Seal
    Terra seal 4350 by Dyna

    Has anyone had any experience with these, I know the Aqua Mix line is sold nation wide in Canada and the USA so some of you may have had experiences with it.

    Please let me know
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    I.G. Vinyl 17,000 gl. 16 x 32 cresent, 11' steps, spillover spa, natural rock waterfall, saltwater, Aqualogic P4 system w/aquapod and spa side remote, Aqua rite T-15 salt, Hayward H250, Hayward cartridge filter, 2 x 1.5hp Hayward superpump(pool & spa), 1 x 1hp superpump(waterfall)

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    Re: enhancing colour of natural stone coping

    There is sealer with color enhancer in it too, but it's WAY more expensive.
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    Re: enhancing colour of natural stone coping

    These both have colour enhancers in them and I know the aqua mix is about $50/quart or $190/gallon so it is very expensive.

    I just would like to hear from others and their experiences.
    I.G. Vinyl 17,000 gl. 16 x 32 cresent, 11' steps, spillover spa, natural rock waterfall, saltwater, Aqualogic P4 system w/aquapod and spa side remote, Aqua rite T-15 salt, Hayward H250, Hayward cartridge filter, 2 x 1.5hp Hayward superpump(pool & spa), 1 x 1hp superpump(waterfall)

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    Re: enhancing colour of natural stone coping

    Miracle stone seal and enhance from Home Cheapo works very well and gives color enhancement and some sheen. I use it in all places and does not seem to dull out until 9-10 months
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    Re: enhancing colour of natural stone coping

    Not sure about any sealer that is sold at the big box stores?

    I did find something called Mexiglaze from Aldon Chemical for very porous stone, they have a very extensive website.

    has anyone heard about it?
    I.G. Vinyl 17,000 gl. 16 x 32 cresent, 11' steps, spillover spa, natural rock waterfall, saltwater, Aqualogic P4 system w/aquapod and spa side remote, Aqua rite T-15 salt, Hayward H250, Hayward cartridge filter, 2 x 1.5hp Hayward superpump(pool & spa), 1 x 1hp superpump(waterfall)

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