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Old 08-11-2008, 06:19 PM   #1
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Use acetone to clean up Spectra Lock

Hi,

Hope this helps someone.

I've been using Spectra Lock epoxy grout on my two bathroom retiles. Despite repeated cleaning with vineger per instructions, I've l had a problem with epoxy film. Despite trying various lighting tricks, it is hard to see the film, especially when the tiles are wet. And, the instructions are right when they say that the dried film doesn't come off.

By accident, I saw that the label on my acetone said "epoxy thinner." I tried it on Spectra lock to remove the dried film and dried grout and it works. Today, I removed some spots I missed that had been sitting for three days. Of course, don't forget to wear gloves, respirators, eye protection, hearing protection, steel toe shoes and have adequate ventilation

What I do to make sure I get the tiles clean is to saturate a rag with acetone and go over the tiles anywhere from a couple of hours to 10 hours after the final cleaning. It removes the film, but doesn't affect the grout lines (unless you rub real hard).

Thanks to everyone for helping me with my projects.

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Old 08-11-2008, 06:50 PM   #2
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Had the same positive experience. Actually, my client did the dirty work! (I offered to come do it, she said don't bother, had acetone in the basement. Must have worked because I didn't hear back. Only a true hack lets his customers clean up his mess!)
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interesting. dunno what lattecrete would say about that though.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:08 PM   #4
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We use acetone to clean our Epoxy and polyester everyday..no reason it shouldn't work on solids grout...But i also would check with the manufacture before I got too "jiggy" with it.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:15 PM   #5
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.But i also would check with the manufacture before I got too "jiggy" with it.
Get "jiggy" with it.

Now just what the hell does that mean, Trask? Git jiggy with it.

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Old 08-11-2008, 11:16 PM   #6
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I think Trask has been watching too much Scooby Doo.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:21 PM   #7
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The rest of us know what "jiggy" means.
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hehe
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:51 AM   #9
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Acetone is good for cleaning lots of thing. Of course, you would want to be careful about what kind of tile you were working around. Wouldn't want to mess up the tile surface.
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Unless a fella's usin' plastic tiles, I don't know what kind of tile surface would be bothered by acetone, Neesie. You?

Long as a fella didn't git to jiggy, of course.
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I was thinking it might cause damage/discoloration to natural stone; maybe not. Just a thought.
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I say if its safe for ladies nail polish, its safe for just about anything lol.
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:42 PM   #13
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We use it even on sensitive stone primarily because it is a quick evaporite and leaves nothing on the surface and does not etch or mar the finish on such stones...

If you spend enough time breathing acetone you will "get Jiggy"
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Old 08-13-2008, 05:10 PM   #14
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Good idea. I used Spectralock on my bathroom project, but apparently I had excess elbow grease for the job as I didn't run into the problem. It would have been nice to know at the time, however. Just in case.

For all you Texans less acquainted with the hip-hop scene than Trask, "Gettin' Jiggy With It" is a track from none other than your friend and mine, Will Smith, aka the "Fresh Prince". You know, the funny dude from "Fresh Prince of Bel Air". Not DJ Jazzy Jeff, the other one. FYI.

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