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Old 02-09-2008, 03:17 PM   #1
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Grout color

The grout for our floor turned out way to light in color from what we picked out and what the color showed on the bag of grout. Followed the directions to the letter. It is not even close in color. Not what we wanted at all. Is there anything that we can do now short of taking it out? We want it a whole lot darker. Wife wants to mop the floor with strong coffee? Coffee is brewing! Us too!
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Old 02-09-2008, 04:11 PM   #2
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What color and brand did you use? Unfortunately grout colors can be hit or miss sometimes

Now, scrape the top of the grout and see if the color is the same/different below. You may just have a bad haze.

If all else fails, you can use a grout colorant. I prefer the Aquamix brand. It acts as a colorant and sealant

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Old 02-09-2008, 05:23 PM   #3
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If that doesn't work, scrape it out and re-do it. I've found that you almost always want to pick a grout about two shades darker than the sample to get the colour you actually want.

When showing grout samples to a customer....and they pick one...I tell them, "See that colour? remember it 'cause you'll never see it again..."

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Old 02-09-2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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Thanks,

I used Laticrete grout mushroom color.

Scrape test showed the same color.

Will try the Aquamix. The same color or 2 shades darker?

Now I will drink the coffee.
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:15 PM   #5
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We tried the coffee under where a cabinet will set.
Looks great, almost the color we wanted.
What do you think use it then seal it?
Will the color "coffee stain" stay?
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:18 PM   #6
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:15 PM   #7
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That's funny...I don't care who ya are!

Buzz, I'm really new to all of this, but I really don't think that java is the way to go.

Maybe, and this is a big maybe... some form of a wood stain, however, it will likely wind up on your tile as well.
as for a sealer.. I dunno
Better let someone else chime in on this un'
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:20 PM   #8
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What Jason said, the colorant will work and be whatever color you buy, they make it to match any color chart by almost all grout manufacturers.
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Old 02-12-2008, 09:37 PM   #9
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OK OK we will do the colorant and the sealer in one. Thanks for all your help.
This place is great.

P.S. The coffee spot still looks good.
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:27 PM   #10
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I am soooo not an expert on this so take heed. However, people have been using coffee and tea to stain things (wood, textiles...) for ages. If you like the color I'd let the test spot sit for a while - with a sealer and see how it goes. If it fails at some point you can always scrape out and re-do then.
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they also use coffee to stain counterfeit money older looking and it also stains your teeth, doesn't mean you should try it for those purposes. a quick fix isn't always the right way, a industry standard is.
grout coloring is the way to go.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:40 AM   #12
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Bones, that must have been a really old thread you dug up because TYW Grout Stain and Sealant was discontinued years ago.

Aqua Mix Grout Colorant mentioned above is available from various retail stores selling tile supplies including Lowes. You can also go to the Aqua Mix website for Where To Buy information based upon Zip Code. http://www.aquamix.com/where_to_buy

I'd suggest trying to clean the grout lines first using a mixture of white vinegar and water, 50:50 ratio. Apply, let that dwell for 5 minutes or so then scrub with a small brush. Test first in a small inconspicuous spot. Sometimes a little clean up with that vinegar solution is all that's necessary.
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:16 PM   #13
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Is this thread real????

Did other members of this forum encounter the same problem with Laticrete 1500/1600 grout????

I have heard recommendations from many seriouse proffetioanls that claim that this grout is on the top of the list of grouts. It is used countless time with no color problems...

are you serious in trying to color the grout with coffee? is this a proffetional forum or what????
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Old 02-27-2008, 04:50 PM   #14
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I wouldn't use coffee as a grout colorant. Coffee is an acid (albeit a mild one), and grout is a base. I've know mosaic artists who use coffee to polish grout haze off of glass tiles.

Though I admit to using coffee deliberately to stain grout. But it was for a mosaic wall-hanging not subject to any kind of stress, and it's holding up OK.
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Old 02-27-2008, 05:10 PM   #15
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erezbt,

you must have missed reading this post:

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...17&postcount=9

*not one member here recommended using coffee.
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