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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:35 am 
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The previous owner of our house decided to paint the stone fireplace (inglenook type but not exactly) with white paint. :shock:

Several tubs of (very expensive) Peelaway7 and lots of scrubbing later we have it back to stone. Problem is the
wall is now very dull compared to the hearth and despite being the same stone appears slightly lighter.

What I need is some form of stain or varnish to darken it slightly and give a slight sheen (not shine) without actually changing the colour significantly or looking to "artificial"

Can anybody suggest anything please?

PS. If you think painting a stone fireplace is bad you should have seen the oak beams that were painted green :loco:

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:39 am 
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If it’s a real fireplace with a fire, be careful, most paint if flammable.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:02 pm 
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No open fire, just a hideous biomass boiler

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:13 pm 
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It’s because you’ve bleached/fully cleaned the other stone on the wall compared to the build up over the years still present on the hearth.

Easiest solution would be to try the Peelaway7 on the hearth and see if it cleans up the same


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:49 pm 
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Adlem wrote:
It’s because you’ve bleached/fully cleaned the other stone on the wall compared to the build up over the years still present on the hearth.

Easiest solution would be to try the Peelaway7 on the hearth and see if it cleans up the same


Had considered that but the cleaned stone looks dull and, as you say, bleached and we don't really want it all looking that way

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:40 pm 
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If you have a bit you can try it on first, try a good quality wax, something like Briwax which should darken and leave a slight sheen, Briwax is also available in natural and slightly darker tones.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:16 am 
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You cab get an oil for polishing tiles on a hearth, could try that

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&key ... 5944327468


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:37 pm 
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I sanded my hearth & mantle when installing it, to get rid of the old crap. Then painted it in stone sealer similar to this stuff (was 7 yrs ago so don't recall exactly). https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everbuild-GEOS ... one+sealer

You'll struggle trying to match two different tones using sealer I reckon. You might be better off quickly running a sander with a fine paper over both to get them the same, then seal.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:39 pm 
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nigelb aero wrote:
You cab get an oil for polishing tiles on a hearth, could try that

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&key ... 5944327468


Those are for more for slate I think than sandstone or something of that type (and for the record are a waste of time in my view- best thing for tarting up slate is WD40 believe it or not)!

Guess we could do with knowing what sort of stone we are talking about here.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:47 pm 
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I've no idea what sort of stone it I'm afraid.
I'm considering giving it a coat of Autoglym HD wax just to see what happens, I can always wash it off with detergent if it doesn't work

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:26 pm 
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I would also go with Briwax on stone.
many colours to choose from.
OR the natural way is to paint it with cow pats/yogurt to get several years worth of grime,quickly.

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