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Old 04-26-2006, 03:07 PM   #31
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Thumbs up no problem

It's no problem. It will bond like crazy in the unfilled portions.

SpectraLOCK Pro contains Microban which inhibits the growth of mold and mildew.

You're all set!
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:13 AM   #32
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Nash, thanks for the info and anyone else who has made my life even easier. I've been using Pro for several years and it's great. Mind if I cut and paste your economy formula for Pro versus reg grout?

I recently used it on a granite countertop job with a 1/32 (?) grout line and just used two miniunits of AB and 1 1/3 of part C. Works great.

When I do verticals I wait fairly long to do my initial wash even with the anti-sag.

Thanks again for the product.
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:09 PM   #33
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Sure!

I'm glad to help.

You can copy and paste anything you'd like.

Check out the library. I've got a post that is pretty comprehensive about SpectraLOCK. including a direct link to our video.

Thanks a lot!
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Old 04-27-2006, 02:19 PM   #34
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Mini units

Hi,

At my local Lowes, there only seems to be mini units. For my floor job, I estimated that I would need 16-18 mini units. Are mini units the only option or can I get larger quantities (cheaper) somewhere else?

Also, I remember reading somewhere that although the product is labelled "Spectralock" you really are getting SpectraLock Pro these days from Lowes. Is that true? The tubs had black lids, I believe.

Thanks everyone for the great help. I thank you and my floor thanks you

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Old 04-27-2006, 02:27 PM   #35
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Who knows? The actual product packaging (inside the tubs) say nothing about Spectralock. They say Latapoxy. I can tell you, the stuff from lowz doesn't contain the "Pro" cleaning packets. Only Parts A & B, gloves, sponge and instruction sheet.

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Old 04-27-2006, 02:51 PM   #36
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oh yes. we have....

We also have:
Full Units which are 4X larger than Minis, and Commercial Units which are 4X larger than full units. You get a break on commercial units as well.

We don't sell SpectraLOCK Pro fulls or commercials to Lowes.

I would strongly suggest that you go to www.laticrete.com and find your distributor. Look under the resources tab.

This will save you some money. And mixing.
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Old 04-27-2006, 03:41 PM   #37
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We also have:
Full Units which are 4X larger than Minis, and Commercial Units which are 4X larger than full units. You get a break on commercial units as well.

We don't sell SpectraLOCK Pro fulls or commercials to Lowes.


Thanks. I'm trying to imagine who *wouldn't* need the larger units...perhaps if you wanted to change colors with every grout line....?

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Old 04-27-2006, 05:30 PM   #38
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For someone doing grout the first time, and not wanting to try to measure carefully, a mini makes sense (not from a money viewpoint, though).
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Old 04-27-2006, 07:12 PM   #39
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Dazzle

Minis are great for little areas that you want to make Glow in the dark or have a metalic sparkle.

Before you ask, yes I said glow.

We have an additive that you can add to make it Glow or be metalic.

Flavors:
Glow, Copper, Silver, Mother of Pearl, and Gold.

We call the additive Dazzle.

You can't do that with regular grout.
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Old 05-01-2006, 07:45 PM   #40
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OK, here's my test board with Spectralock testing for my daughter's shower. I might have to push her a bit to go with the extra expense, but I think the never sealing and stain resistance will convince her.
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:31 PM   #41
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Looks good!

Looks good.

I think it's a no brainer when you think about it.
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Old 05-03-2006, 07:05 AM   #42
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I started grouting my granite. Again, no problems whatsoever with the Spectralock. The stuff is a pleasure to use. It was an easy deal stuffing the 1/16" joints with the full portion of Part C so I got full coverage.

I had to change my technique from what I used when I did the cushioned edge porcelain since I want to end up with full, level joints at the granite surface. I had be be much less aggressive with the float and wait much longer to begin cleaning. I found it best to wait an hour before even touching the joints themselves. Still, no problems with haze. The stuff cleans up nicely.

Ideally, I want to build up the grout lines fractionally proud so I can come back with a felt wheel and diamond powder and polish them off to a mirror shine and smoothness. So far I've learned that a sample bar of Spectralock takes a good polish when finishing it to 1200 diamond. The trick here will be finding the right grit that's aggressive enough to cut the grout without touching the granite. I'm thinking 5000 may do the trick. If I can pull it off, this will greatly enhance the beauty of my installation.

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Edit: So much for that plan. This epoxy grout is a lot harder than I figured it would be. 3000 diamond won't touch it so the best I can get is flush, smooth joints since I don't want to repolish the stone. Oh well, it woulda been nice

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Old 05-03-2006, 09:03 AM   #43
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Don,

You mentioned earlier in the thread that you put the mixed spectralock in the freezer and used it at a later time. How long do you suspect it will last in the freezer? A day or two? A week or more? I checked out Lowe's pricing. Seems like it was around $18-20 for the mini...a bucket with A&B and a carton with part C. I went to Laticrete's site and checked an online retailer and they were $30 for the mini and $102 for the full. That seems a little pricey and I'm curious what "the going rate" in a dealer location might be. I could go to Lowe's and get four minis for less than the other was selling a full. I think another thing I need to do is sit down and figure out is how much I'll need for my shower. When I did a search on the Laticrete site for dealers it came back with one in a 25 mile radius. I would suspect there are more in San Diego.

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Old 05-03-2006, 09:22 AM   #44
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I suspect what you have ran into is the mass purchasing power of lowes, the walmart effect if you will. Normally the 4 minis should be more expensive than full, but a regular dealer cannot buy in the bulk to get the price cuts required to compete with the lowes and HD type retail chains.
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Old 05-03-2006, 09:46 AM   #45
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Brian,

I tested some the other day after probably two weeks in the freezer and it was just fine.

I don't understand how to get Spectralock Pro at any sort of a good deal. I never checked with a local distributor but in checking online resources, it seemed to be twice the price of the regular. I also fail to see the difference between the two beyond the addition of the anti-sag feature and cleaning packets. As I mentioned earlier, and was hoping for a response, the regular Spectralock liquid packaging doesn't say a word about Spectralock. It's called Latapoxy. Anyone know if the prime ingredients in the Spectralock Pro are also called Latapoxy?

I sure can't complain about the price I paid for the regular. I got the crushed case/good neighbor discount and paid $7.46 for four A+B mini-units. Basically four for the price of a half.

Go to http://www.laticrete.com/coverage/ and get the Excel calculating spreadsheet. It will tell you quite precisely what kind of coverage you can expect in your exact installation.

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