Saint Gaudens Art Tile

FAQs

Bronze - Frequently Asked Questions

What is my Lead Time?
How do I install Bronze tile?
What can I do to keep the grout out of the details?
What kind of grout do I use?
The rubber cement has dried and hardened. What do I do?
How do I remove grout haze?
What are my installation limits?
Is there maintenance required?
My tiles look different than the samples at the store, why is that?
Why do my tiles look different than when they were installed?
My bronze tiles have darkened, what can I do?
What will happen if I install bronze tiles in or around my shower, bathroom or pool?
What kind of sealer should I use?
What does the sealer do, and when should I use it?
What finishes are available?
Are all tiles available in all finishes?
Do you have Pewter?
Do you keep all finishes in stock?
Can I use jeweled tiles in my floor?
How do I install the Oak Tree Plaque?

 


What is my Lead Time?
Because we stock our products, we usually ship the same day. Most orders ship within 24 to 48 hours.
Expedited orders (Next day air and 2nd day air) must be received by 12pm PST.

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How do I install Bronze tile?
Bronze tiles are set using thin set, industrial adhesive or epoxy adhesive. Please follow manufacturer’s instructions. When grouting be careful to keep the grout from hardening in the details (see below). Instructions, including photos of the installation process will accompany your tiles.

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What can I do to keep the grout out of the details?
If the tile has a smooth edge, masking or other very sticky tape is BEST.  Completely cover just the top of the tiles.
 
For detailed tiles, applying two (or more) heavy coats of Elmer’s Rubber Cement to the tops of the tiles before setting will keep the grout out of the details:
The tiles cannot be warm before you apply the rubber cement, and must be kept out of the sun after the rubber cement is applied. Do not leave the rubber cement on the tiles for more than three days. Otherwise, the rubber cement may not be easily removed.
After the grout has dried, the rubber cement is removed by using a large gum eraser or by rubbing it off with your fingers.  Detailed instructions with photos of this process will accompany your tiles.

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What kind of grout do I use?
Regular water mix grout will do just fine. However, if you use a grout with “stain guard” or “stain proof” on the label, the acid in this type of grout can react with the bronze, staining the grout and turning the bronze green. If you’re unsure, contact the grout manufacturer and ask them if their grout will affect bronze.

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The rubber cement has dried and hardened. What do I do?
Remove the dried rubber cement with a soft cloth, a toothbrush and acetone. Wear protective gloves and do not touch the bronze with your bare hands after applying the acetone (you will leave finger prints).  Make sure you have more than one toothbrush as the acetone tends to melt plastic toothbrushes. Once you have removed all of the rubber cement, immediately seal the bronze with a clear paste wax such as Johnson’s Paste Wax because the acetone removes the factory clear coat sealer.

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How do I remove grout haze?
Use Pledge furniture polish sprayed on a soft cloth and/or toothbrush to remove any grout haze. Buff with a soft dry cloth to restore the luster.

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What are my installation limits?
There are basically no limits.  Bronze is very durable. Use bronze tiles in walls and floors, and in wet or dry areas.  Bronze only looks more beautiful as it is walked on.

Bronze can be installed inside and outside. Outside installation will change the finish depending on the weather conditions in your area. Silvertone (White Bronze) is much more stable than regular bronze, and will only darken in extreme conditions.

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Is there maintenance required?
Yes, there is maintenance required, but it is minimal. The simplest way to clean your bronze tiles is with a soft cloth or toothbrush sprayed with Pledge furniture polish. Buff to restore the luster. Occasionally you may want to reseal your tiles with a clear wax such as Johnson’s Paste Wax to slow the natural aging process of the finish. Bronze that has aged naturally can be re-polished and sealed – see below “My tiles have darkened, what can I do?” Reseal your tiles more often if the tiles are regularly exposed to moisture or you live near the ocean or in a high humidity area. 
Note: Do not use grout cleaners on bronze tiles. Grout cleaners contain strong acids which will change the color and finish.

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My tiles look different than the samples at the store, why is that?
A slight variation in patina color is a natural result of the patina process and all of the tiles are finished individually by hand.  Additionally, older samples will be a deeper bronze color than your newer tiles, which will deepen in color with time.

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Why do my tiles look different than when they were installed?
Silicon (golden) bronze will develop a deeper bronze color with time, and when used outdoors, will darken faster, as would a bronze sculpture.

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My bronze tiles have darkened, what can I do?
If your tiles become darker than you would like, polish them with a mild green Scotchbrite pad - 3M only, from any grocery or hardware store (not the kind with a sponge on one side).This may take some effort because you must polish through the enamel sealer.

Note for Envi Bright Bronze/Silvetone tiles ONLY: After removing tarnish and sealer with Scotchbrite, restore the brilliant luster with Nevr-Dull metal polish (available at most hardware or automotive parts stores).

Note: Do not touch the tiles with your bare hands after you’ve used Scotchbrite; you will leave fingerprints. After achieving the desired color, apply a coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax or any high quality clear paste wax and buff with a soft dry cloth. Silvertone (Nickel Bronze) will not darken unless exposed to harsh chemicals.

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What will happen if I install bronze tiles in or around my shower, bathroom or pool?
Installing Bronze in areas where they are constantly exposed to water will quicken the natural aging process of the finish. Resealing at regular intervals with Johnson’s paste wax will slow this process.  See above: “My bronze tiles have darkened, what can I do?”
Silvertone (nickel bronze) will darken only slightly in showers.

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What kind of sealer should I use?
We recommend Johnson’s Paste Wax or any high quality clear paste wax. Johnson’s Paste Wax should be found in hardware stores in the paint section with stains, shellac, and other finishes.

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What does the sealer do, and when should I use it?
The sealer acts as a barrier between your bronze tile and moisture or anything else that may darken the bronze. We recommend resealing once or twice a year. If you live in a humid area or near the ocean you may want to seal more often.  If the bronze has darkened more than you like, polish before re-sealing with an all green Scotch Brite pad.

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What finishes are available?
Bronze, Silvertone (white bronze), Bronze Verdigris and Oil Rubbed Bronze.

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Are all tiles available in all finishes?
The Classic Collection is available in all 4 finishes: Bronze, Bronze Verdigris, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Silvertone.
The Virtuoso Collection is available in Bronze, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Silvertone.
The Harmony Collection is available in Bronze and Silvertone.

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Do you have Pewter?
No, we do not use pewter.  Pewter is a soft metal and should not be used in floors.  Bronze is very hard - perfect for floors or behind cook tops.  Our white bronze (Silvertone) is a nickel color, similar to pewter.

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Do you keep all finishes in stock?
We stock three finishes. Bronze, Silvertone and Oil Rubbed Bronze.
Bronze Verdigris has a two-week lead time.

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Can I use jeweled tiles in my floor?
We don’t recommend it. Our epoxy is extremely strong, but jewels will scratch and can be kicked off.  Save the jewels for the walls.

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How do I install the Oak Tree Plaque?
The Oak Tree Plaque weighs 23 lbs. The best way to mount the tile is to first mortar it to a piece of hardy backer board that is larger than the plaque. Allow the mortar to dry at least 24 hours. Then use screws to mount the backer board and Oak tree onto the wall studs as an assembly. Hardy backer board is basically concrete and fiberglass - very sturdy.

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