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Old 12-01-2006, 04:43 PM   #31
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Hello Scooter,

I'm back from sking in Utah and hope to set some tile - maybe this weekend.

After reading your post #29 - which tells me all I need to know about how to set this tile - I have one more question.
What is the best way to get the surface of the tile flat when setting these 12" x 12" sheets??

BTW these tiles are on a mesh - No little rubber thingies here. I am assuming I will need to cut each edge tile individually rather than trying to cut the wole sheet on the saw. Correct ?


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Old 12-01-2006, 05:16 PM   #32
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If your slab ain't flat, then you will have tiles at different heights. You need to fix your slab with SLC or a patching compound.

If the mesh is on the bottom of the tile, just set the sheets in the combed thinset. The edges of the sheet should be clean and free of the mesh, so you can move the sheet in and out to get a good grout line.

If the mesh is on the top of the sheet, like a paper backing, just lay the sheet in the combed thinset, wait until it cures, and use water to remove the paper backing.
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Old 12-03-2006, 12:27 AM   #33
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Scooter,

The slab is already FLAT. See post #23.

The mesh is on the bottom of the tile -- I was wondering what you use to press the tile into the thinset so as to get a uniform flat surface??

Unfortunately the grout lines are not uniform on the sheets so it looks like it will be a slow process setting this tile.

BTW, do you cut all of the edge tiles individually??

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Old 12-05-2006, 04:37 PM   #34
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Old 12-28-2006, 05:40 PM   #35
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Hello to all...
I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays... Oops they aren't over yet... Happy New Year too!!!

Back to tile... I've got my HexTile bathroom floor set - all 54 square feet of it. It looks great an the wife likes it too!

Scooter -- thanks for all the tips. Layout is #1 and I got it just right. I set the field first and then came back and cut and set all of the edge pieces. Tedious process but the great results are worth it. I ended up using a 1/4" x 3/16" v notched trowel with good results and Shaughnn's method with a small brush to clean the grout lines as I set the tile.

Now I'm ready to grout. I'm planning to use SpectraLoc Pro grout (grout lines are about 3/32") in "Smoke Grey" or "Sterling Silver" they are light to medium grey in color.

Is Spectralock Pro a good choice? What do you think about the light grey color choice? Is it something you would use? Any other tips would be appreciated.

I've got a really nice floor now and I want to get this right.

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Old 01-03-2007, 03:28 PM   #36
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Old 01-03-2007, 04:07 PM   #37
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I never, and I mean never, use any grout which is darker than the tile. If the grey is lighter than the tile, you are OK.

Spectralock is a good grout.
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Old 01-04-2007, 03:25 PM   #38
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Hello Scooter,



These hextiles are white. Does your last post mean you would never use any grout other than white with them or do you mean you would only use very light shades in other grout colors?
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Old 01-06-2007, 09:25 AM   #40
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Hi Ed-
I remember reading somewhere that back in the day that hex was really in use (1920's-30's + ?), gray grout was used because that was all there was at the time.
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Thanks for the response Holly. My reply is a bit late because I've been out of town skiing. We are thinking a grey grout would look OK with the white hextile.

I was hoping for some input from someone who sets a lot of hextile and has had a good opportunity to see what it looks like with different grout. Maybe even a link to some photos.

Anyone out there with recommendations?

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Old 01-12-2007, 03:49 PM   #42
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White or the darkest I would go would be an Ivory. No, I would not use grey.

Here's the deal with a dark grout. It will highlight every imperfection you have, so if the tiles are irregular (not the case with porceline hex) or the spacing is slightly off, your eyes will immediately be drawn to it.

I would pick white for the grout, Ed.
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:02 PM   #43
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One note about hex tiles. From a historic standpoint, white grout would not be appropriate. On the other hand, you have to be confidant in your work to go with anything else when it comes to Hex tile. I have(and liked) to use a mixture of Delorean grey and White. Three parts white to one part Grey. I mix the dry grout up than use normally. You may want to make a small board and do some tests. I found no colors of grout that I was satisfied with. I personally do not like to mix White and off white to me it looks dirty Light grey looks sharp. Donít be afraid to experiment, but of course don't put anything down until you are sure hex tiles are not like 12" x 12" you canít just fix a grout color mistake. Have fun.

PS I will get a pic of a shower I did with this color as soon as I can.
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Trampus,
I'm going to disagree with you. The ONLY grout colors which are "historically accurate" are "Bright White" and "Natural Gray" as all "historical grouting was done by seating the tiles in a pure coat of either white portland cement or natural gray portland cement and then broadcasting silica sand into the oozed joints.
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Other than my color choice, I suggest you lay some tile on 2-3 pieces of scrap CBU and grout it with the 2-3 color choices, and you decide.
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