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Old 06-27-2017, 12:18 PM   #46
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Ryan,

What grout would you recommend to use?

1. 12x24" polished ceramic tile in bath surround
2. 12x24" Porcelain with a linen look finish
3. 3x6 subway tile in kitchen backsplash
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Old 06-27-2017, 03:06 PM   #47
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That's a loaded question since everyone has their favorites. Personally I like Ardex FL, but like I said everyone has a preference and that doesnt mean its the best. A quality product will yield good results as long as it's installed correctly. I'm sure there are guys that don't like Ardex for one reason or another.

I just know that after 4 bags of Ultracolor FA I won't be using it anymore.
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Old 06-27-2017, 03:38 PM   #48
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FWIW, most people do not exactly follow the mixing instructions on the bag. This includes the indicated amount of water, the mixing speed, paddle type, duration, slaking time, and remixing. This can lead to vast differences in people's experience with various thinsets. The instructions are similar, but DO vary, sometimes, even over time with what may appear to be the same thinset. So, for a good comparison, read and follow the instructions...it does make a difference in the texture, pot life, spreadability, ultimate strength, etc. To achieve the design specifications on any thinset, it must be mixed properly. There's often enough overkill in them, so unless you're in a stressful situation, you may never notice...but, when you really need the capabilities you are paying for, you need to mix it properly. You can achieve the product's specs, but not if you don't mix it properly. It's not just a lab pie in the sky spec. This applies to grouts as well. Some look like they'll never come together, and then, poof, magic happens, and they do. Often, people will add more water, thinking they know more than the manufacturer. Certainly, there are some personal preferences, but most of the time, following instructions results in a better result.
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I'd go with the Flexcolor because it doesn't need to be sealed.
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Old 06-28-2017, 08:23 AM   #50
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When Flexolor is boned is it just as solid / hard as regular portland grout?

For those of you that used Flexcolor the first time were you satisfied with the results or was the first job with this grout a disappointment?

My tile guy has a lot of experience with tile work (good 20 years) but he only used portland type grout and I'm a little worried to use flexcolor as a guinea pig grout on my tile or am I being too paranoid?
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Old 07-03-2017, 02:29 PM   #51
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anyone have any answers to my questions above?
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Old 07-03-2017, 02:49 PM   #52
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It cures hard. It has a slight learning curve. Use clean water, the trick is to not get too far ahead of yourself. On floors I grout 10-15sqft, then wipe.

Its an easy product as long as you follow the directions.
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