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Old 02-25-2018, 09:30 PM   #1
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Spectralok Pro and glass tile

I'm laying some porcelain tile in my master bathroom and the boss (wife) wants the border inlayed with some glass tile. I wanted to use Laticrete Spectralok Pro grout because I like the epoxy for the shower and its good stuff ive used it before but never with glass. Any worry about that scratching the glass? Anyone use it with glass with good results?
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Old 02-26-2018, 01:55 AM   #2
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i used it in my ensuite and it scratched the trims so i wouldnt use it on glass
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Old 02-26-2018, 04:23 AM   #3
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When will this glass tile thing end!! Great for windows, not so great for tile. Unfortunately you will have to do a mock up and do a test with the SpectraLock . Better to find out it scratches on the test sample rather than having to rip out the border.
One other option is Mapei's 3D Flexcolor Grouts for Glass Tile.
If you do wind up using the SpectraLock, make sure you have some expansions for that glass tile.
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:14 AM   #4
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I used Spectralock Pro Premium on this shower. No scratching but I DEFINITELY did a test board first and caulk at all edges and changes of plane.
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:41 PM   #5
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Outstanding work!
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Old 02-26-2018, 08:37 PM   #6
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Rich, that is top shelf work!!!
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Old 02-27-2018, 02:38 AM   #7
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Nice job. Noticed all plumbing centered in tiles. Did you do an amazing layout or did you tile first, then rough from behind?
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Old 02-27-2018, 08:28 AM   #8
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Plumbing definitely went in first. I think I just got lucky on the layout. I did make sure that the valves were in a perfect level line.

Niches are the premade Kerdi Board niches and were padded with scraps of Kerdi Board as needed to match the tile size. They were installed after I started tiling. And yes, I did put Kerdi Band around the niche after the second photo was taken.

This job is the master bath in my own house so time was no object. I think it was 2 1/2 years from start to finish working on it when I had free time between other jobs.
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:16 AM   #9
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I would agree with the tilemanct. We have used it on glass and it did not scratch, but it all depends on the glass. A test area will confirm suitability and acceptability for the material you are working with.
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Old 02-27-2018, 12:01 PM   #10
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Spectralok Pro and glass tile

Make a test board with some extra pieces during installation, then test with part c only before grouting. Set the test board on a piece of clean plastic so you can collect & dump the "test" part c back into the container. We've installed much glass with spectralock and we test each time. Never had one scratch yet.
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Old 03-02-2018, 09:55 AM   #11
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Ok thanks all and good advice about the part c only! I'm sitting here thinking ill have to mix a mini-unit just to see if it will scratch. Never thought to just use part C

Also I have two bags of 253 gold thinset left from the last job. It was 6x24 hardwood look tile. This is going to be used with a 12x24 wall tile in a shower. Sharon can you comment is 253 gold ok to use with this large of a tile. It doesn't have a limitation on the data sheet.

Note: I don't really like 254 platinum cuz it has ruined to many pairs of pants and is not as nice to play with. ha
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Old 03-04-2018, 06:21 PM   #12
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Spectralok is my go to grout. I have tried others such as flexcolor and bostik, but I always end up going back to epoxy for improved performance.

I have used it a few times with glass without a problem, but as others said, test it first with a mini unit.

Nice work on that shower, Rich. I too wait until I start setting tiles to cut in the niches. It allows for perfect coordination!
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Also I have two bags of 253 gold thinset left from the last job. It was 6x24 hardwood look tile. This is going to be used with a 12x24 wall tile in a shower. Sharon can you comment is 253 gold ok to use with this large of a tile. It doesn't have a limitation on the data sheet.
There is no problem using 253 Gold for this application as long as it is used as a thin-set and not a medium bed mortar.
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Old 03-09-2018, 08:09 AM   #14
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Yes it will be used just to set the tiles.
Thank you Sharon!!
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