Looking For Discontinued Tile - Westminster F100

F100- Bright White Glossy 4"
Well, wasn't I surprised to go looking for some replacement tiles and find that they had shuttered their doors in 2008.
Is there a cottage industry in discontinued tile and/or a clearinghouse website for selling/buying odd lots of (discontinued) ceramic tile?
I am in Southern California and have made a few calls with no luck. Any suggestions? Thanks
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There was this company that used to stock discontinued tiles but that was twenty years ago. I don’t know if they still do or even if the owner is still alive but here it is:
WILSHIRE TILE INC 5531 VENICE BLVD LOS ANGELES, CA 90019
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I will call tomorrow. They used to be on Beverly and they are still around. Thanks.
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There was this company that used to stock discontinued tiles but that was twenty years ago. I don’t know if they still do or even if the owner is still alive but here it is:
WILSHIRE TILE INC 5531 VENICE BLVD LOS ANGELES, CA 90019
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They used to be on 5862 West Third Street, LA, CA 90036.
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Right. That funky little green building. I called and nada.
Thanks anyways.
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They used to be on 5862 West Third Street, LA, CA 90036.
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In this country tiling was/is almost an Italian speciality, i.e. most skilled tilers are immigrants or the children of immigrants; and long-established tiling businesses both store away stocks of discontinued lines and can provide expert help about the best way to adapt to unavailability of the type you want.
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How many do you need? Have you taken a piece into some tile outlets to see if you can get close? I'm thinking there are a lot of 4" glossy white tiles out there. Depending on where the tile is you may be able to find something close enough.
I find that what I see as flaws in homes is generally overlooked by 98% of the world. Tiling is one of those things. I take great pains to try to achieve a uniform gap and straight lines in my tiling jobs. I freqeuntly see other tiled spaces that just look shoddy to me but no one else seems to notice.
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Someone replied to this post but my newsreader does not show it for some odd reason. I found it in Google search. So, here it is again with my response.
From Jamesgangnc:
How many do you need? Have you taken a piece into some tile outlets to see if you can get close? I'm thinking there are a lot of 4" glossy white tiles out there. Depending on where the tile is you may be able to find something close enough.
I find that what I see as flaws in homes is generally overlooked by 98% of the world. Tiling is one of those things. I take great pains to try to achieve a uniform gap and straight lines in my tiling jobs. I freqeuntly see other tiled spaces that just look shoddy to me but no one else seems to notice.
My response:
This tile has a unique undulating surface so they are not typical white tiles. Everyone I have called says that they have nothing like it. I need 12 v-caps and 4 end caps. However, my quest is nationwide and I have found some 6" v-caps. It has been suggested that I cut the 6" down to 4" but won't that leave me with a weird edge that will always be getting dirty or chipped?

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Larry B wrote:

depends upon how you cut it. with a good blade in a diamond wet saw, it'll be a straight cut with little to no chipping. you can smooth it off using a diamond bit in a stained glass grinder. if you have a s.g. shop that teaches nearby ask to rent a few minutes on a grinder. use a well-used grinder, which will have the smoothest bit.

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I have made calls all over the country but there is apparently no 4" to be had. Hard to believe but I guess 2 years is past the statute of limitations on availability.
I think that I will just try to epoxy the small chips so that we have fewer to replace.
Thanks, Larry

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