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Old 07-18-2007, 01:50 AM   #76
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I'd use the versabond.
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Old 07-18-2007, 09:24 AM   #77
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If you're worried like I was, get Laticrete 254 Platinum (mentioned in my earlier post). It was really nice to work with too - very smooth. Walker Zanger recommended it, and I think Oceanside too. It's supposed to be very "sticky."
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Old 07-23-2007, 05:33 PM   #78
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spectralock epoxy grout...Phx users

I am slowly moving forward, I need to grout and install the hardware before the floor. JB idea of waiting to do the floor lasts makes sense who know what will come out of the shower head for the first time.
Anyway....where to buy Spectralock Pro, I know Lowes offers basic SpectraLock? How much more is it? Online stores? At the Laticrete website, a few stores in so. Phx show they have it but a few that I called didnt offer it. Anyone in Phx use it?

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Old 07-23-2007, 05:55 PM   #79
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Reading more into SpectraLock, I was surprised to see its a sanded grout and suggests 1/8 or larger grout line. On my subway tile there edge to edge(1/16) and the glass tiles will scratch.
So it looks like its back to unsanded grout. Any opinions on a mildew resistant unsanded grout?
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:01 PM   #80
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laticrete 1600 with 1776 admix should give me the added stain/mold protection.
So back to the original question where to buy this as a DIYer? Lowes indicates Spectralock products only.
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:21 PM   #81
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Chris,

In reading the Spectralock thread, many people have used spectralock on glass and to grout joints of 1/16". If you aren't comfortable using it that's OK. but I think from what I've read on that thread you could use it if you so desired. Regarding where to purchase laticrete products. I bought Laticrete here in San Diego at Bedrosian's, but I'm sure with a couple of phone calls you will be able to find a tile store that carries it and sells to the public.

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I would like to use based on the opinions of pros and DIYers here on the site. It depends on the amount I have to buy and testing. Since you have used it, Spectralock(Lowes) and Spectralock Pro perform the same way?

Anyone use Laticrete 1600(unsanded) and 1776(admix) compared to Spectralock pro??
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:51 AM   #83
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caulk first or grout first or does it matter....

I back on my project after a few weeks. I decided to do Spectrapro, found a local source(which is not close). Anyway I need to find out how much.
THe latricrete website excel download locked up my computer 3x and searched on here and found Mapei link from someone's post but didnt go through.
So anyone have calculator to recommend. The stuff isnt cheap and not down the street so I want to be close on my calculations. TYW has a great tile calc but no grout unless I missed it??

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anyone?

anyone wanting to chime in??
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I've never used the stuff, but I found this for you:

hmm... copy & paste is un-readable.

try this link for the data sheet:
http://www.laticrete.com/Portals/0/s...ets/DS7100.pdf

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Old 08-14-2007, 10:23 AM   #86
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thanks River-wear....

anyone else have opinions grout first caulk second vise versa?
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Chris,

I grouted everything including changes of plane with Spectralock. If I were going to caulk, I would grout first, caulk second.

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thanks Brian,

I am picking up the spectra lock pro this afternoon, I was told the 1 unit covers 106 sq ft. for my 3x6 subway tile with 1/16 grout line. I figure I am just shy of 95 sq ft in the shower.
1. this gives me some room for extra but not much, is this stuff lean or better off to buy the 4 unit kit which is double the price.
2. the floor is now priver rock pebble, the manufacturer dosent mention anything about epoxy probably because of large uneven grout, should I use a standard sanded grout i.e. master blend/mapei?

BTW. Kerdi is the undercover.

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Chris,

I can't speculate on coverage. The website says factor 10% for waste, so you are definitely cutting it close. If you went with the larger unit, is it twice the amount of product? You can use the Spectralock for the pebbles IMO, but clean up may be trickier. If you haven't done so already, read the rather lengthy thread on Spectralock. I would especially caution you regarding how long you have to work with the product once it's mixed. Is the color you are using available at Lowe's? You may consider buying a mini unit at Lowe's to supplement your full unit of Pro. Many have stated they have use both in the same installation and noticed no difference.

Will you be able to get a sanded grout color that will match the Spectralock? Will it make a difference? I am of the opinion you can use Spectralock anywhere you can used sanded grout.

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I plan to use a basic white for the subway tiles. The floor will be a drk gray color(not specific yet) so it blends into the grey/blue river rock pebbles.
Good idea about the litle milk carton style color boxes at Lowes.
The idea of using the epoxy on the floor makes sense but am worried about the cleanup especailly for large grout lines and read about for large grout lines to use sanded grout? decision time.
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