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Old 08-17-2007, 11:18 PM   #1
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Oil Based Grout stain

The grout I used came out a lot lighter than the color on the package and I would like to stain it darker.

Is there a recommended product that you Pros use?, and where do I get it?

I know I know Pros don’t make mistakes like this.
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:44 PM   #2
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Before you stain the grout...

Jim,

Lighter than expected grout is a very common problem. Do you have any chunks of excess grout (in a bucket or in the garbage)? I ask because it can help you determine if my advice below may work for you. If you have a chunk of grout, crack it in half and see if the color inside matches what you originally intended. If it does...

...then your true grout color is hiding below a very thin layer of light grout. You either have a bit of efflorescence, or you washed a bit too much of the pigment off the top layer of grout. Either situation is correctable w/o too much work. After the grout has had about a week to cure, you are going to remove a very thin layer of the grout to expose its true color using a mild acid solution. You need to test this in a small area before committing to the whole project. Use a 50:50 mixture of white vinegar and water. Wet the grout and let it dwell for a minute or two. Then use a scrubby pad or nylon bristle brush on the grout. Then rinse it real good with water a few times. If you have a wet vac, it helps out during clean up. Anyways, allow this test area to completely dry and examine the results. If necessary, you can up the vinegar to full strength to get more results out of it...but it pays to start with a weaker solution to see if it works.

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Thanks for the tip on. I will check that out.

If it is still to light is there still a recommended oil based grout stain.
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Hi Jim,

The grout colorants aren't stains, rather they are coatings. I personally don't like the grout colorants because they can wear off in time.

But some of the other pros around here have good success with Aquamix's grout colorant. It's a waterborne epoxy.


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Gotta disagree with you on this one Bubba...Hydroment's grout stain is a true oil based stain.

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There you go, Jim.

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Chris is there an online store where I can buy Hydroment grout stain?

I did a Google and found nothing.
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Jim, give Master Wholesale a call in Seattle http://www.masterwholesale.com/. While I don't see that grout stain in their on-line store I know they carry the Hydroment line at their retail location.

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Chances are you won't find it online. Because of the number of colors available, most distributors don't stock the product, they special order it and have it shipped directly from the factory outside of Atlanta. Used to be that was the only Bostik factory that stocked the material as well.

I will tell you from past experience that it cannot be shipped overnight, and carries an extra (not cheap) hazardous materials shipping surcharge.

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