Applying Granite Finish to Cracking Tiles

April 19th 2005
Applying Granite Finish to Cracking Tiles

Dear Shell,

The steps and deck of the front entrance to my home consist of red slate tiles that are 6"X2"and 3/8" thick. These are the original tiles from when this house was built 25yrs ago. The tiles are now breaking up, cracking, and pieces are breaking off. Is there some material that I can purchase to cover these tiles similar to a gravel cement or something of that nature.

Peter, Vancouver

Dear Peter,

Clean the surface using my Shell Busey Home Cleaning Formula and rinse well with clean water. Apply a brush coat of bonded topping mix (Target or Ocean Brand). Allow the product to cure. Trowel on a 2nd coat of bonded topping mix using a thicker consistency levelling over the entire surface, Then apply a finish coat using Granite Finish, an exterior Do It Yourself coating that resembles granite. This product is available exclusively at Home Hardware stores and Home Hardware Building Centres.