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Sanded grout brands

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    jponto07
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    Bloomington, IN

    I’ve had some fairly serious issues with grout drying lighter than it should, so I’m seeking a new brand to try out.

    Both TEC and Mapei aren’t cutting it anymore. Each tends to dry a couple of shades lighter than the color chip and it inevitably leads to the customer asking questions.

    What are you guys using?

    Jon P.
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    kurt@welkerhomes.com
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    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    About all we have used is the Tec or Mapei. We have not really noticed much of a problem. Over watering the grout can wash out the color somewhat.

    #643448

    TopNotch
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    elmwood park, NJ

    I like power grout, I believe it is only sanded.

    Regular grouts my setters have always mixed to improve consistency appearance.

    Working Pro since 1993

    Tom M

    #643456

    Doobie
    Pro

    I have heard this comment about grout colours before and some just say to pick a shade or two darker to compensate. What about contacting those brands and asking them?

    Who knows, maybe there’s something inherent in some tap waters that commonly can skew colour consistencies. Waters are different everywhere for a variety of reasons. If it’s well water, there are minerals like manganese and sulphur that I can see as possible tinting culprits. How about trying distilled water next time?

    #718505

    marioo
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    You cant go wrong with the TEC grouts. Its pretty much all I use, but I have used others. TEC’s Accucolor XT grout is a good choice if staining and mold are a concern. Crack grout in samples is common, as the samples get beat up pretty good. If you use the right grout and install it properly, it will not crack. TEC’s caulks in my experience are typically a little darker than their grout conterparts of the same color. I find that sometimes, a shade lighter caulk matches the grout color better.

    #718567

    Seven-Delta-FortyOne
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    The Emerald Triangle, Northern California

    Just used Mapei for the first time the other day.

    It didn’t seem to clean up as easily, but the color was right on.

    99% of the time, I use Custom Building Products. They do grout and color-matched caulks. (And a bunch of other tile products)

    Might be a West Coast brand, I don’t know.

    Goin' Down In Flames........

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