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Old 05-12-2007, 05:36 AM   #1
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Help! My grout turned out to light.

I just grouted my floor using Custom Building Products Pewter and its not the same color as in the store. Can anything be done to make it darker? Is this from using to much water during clean up? I was very carefull and used a damp sponge during clean up. I do notice that the edges look a little darker then the rest of the grout and am asuming this is from less spongeing.
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Old 05-12-2007, 06:02 AM   #2
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Two answers:

If it's lighter because you used a little to much water you may have efflorescence (white-ish looking stuff that leeches to the surface) that can be cleaned off.

On the other hand, portland cement can be unmercifully unpredictable, and colors in a store, on a chart, under florescent lighting is very unlikely to be the real world color in your finished job. If this is the case you only practical option is a grout stain. Bostic makes an oil based stain that is very good, I'd avoid the latex versions (based on personal experience)

Technically, you could remove the grout and start over, but trust me, you don't want to.
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Old 05-12-2007, 09:18 AM   #3
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You can give it a vinegar wash if it's tile and not stone. I like using 100% vinegar, let it sit there a minute and scrub the grout a little. Rinse well afterwards. After it dries it may be closer to what you want.
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Old 05-12-2007, 02:31 PM   #4
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Aquamix makes a grout colorant.
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Old 05-13-2007, 05:27 AM   #5
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I will try the vinegar wash first. Do the stains really work? How about aquamix color enhancing sealer? As far ar regrouting, no thanks.


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Old 05-13-2007, 06:28 AM   #6
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Hi Mark,
I've never been a big vinegar user. I normally use sulfamic acid crystals. They sell it at Lowe's and Home Depot. If your joints are still light follow the instruction label carefully on mixing and applying (wet everything first)then scrub it real good with the white triangle Brutus brush they sell at HD. Wash out your brush and use clean water for a rise scrub. Pick up ALL the water with a good sponge. I would at least try this route before looking at stain and sealers. Have a blessed Sunday.
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Old 05-13-2007, 07:01 AM   #7
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Wait a sec, Mark. I forget to check what kind of tile you installed. If you used natural stone do no use the crystals.
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:51 PM   #8
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ceramic tile black it what I used. I will look for the sulfamic acid at HD.


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