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Old 01-02-2010, 07:13 AM   #1
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resin grout

I used a resin grout from lowes to re-grout old bathroom tiles. Initially it was bright white and beautiful, but now it looks dingy. Close inspection shows it's gathering small dirt particles in the rough grout. Can I grout over this product with regular, unsanded grout? The resin or epoxy grout doesn't look even so I'm hoping I can use the unsanded grout over it as a way to smooth it out...plus it will be a whole lot easier than the other stuff. I nearly killed myself putting that stuff in.
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:12 PM   #2
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Have you tried cleaning it? sounds like you used spectralock it shouldn't stain but that doesn't mean it won't get dingy on the surface. It still needs a routine cleaning.
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:05 PM   #3
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Question resin

Oh yes, I clean it weekly and have tried several products like oxygen cleaners etc. but it's like the sand grabs the micro particles from the mop and i don't want to scrub on my knees every week. Plus, the appearance isn't as smooth as I had hoped. So, back to the original question - can you apply regular, non sanded grout over this product? will it stick?
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:06 AM   #4
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If you used epoxy grout, no regular grout will not stick. Of course dirt shouldn't be sticking either.
Do you have a name of said grout?
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:12 AM   #5
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I used MAPEI Opticolor grout. it's very rough, I didn't apply it evenly in the grout lines (newcomer to DIY projects), or it didn't "set" smoothly - probably a combination of both. I'm trying to think of something I can put in the grout lines that will smooth it out and make it less rough so when I mop, the grout doesn't "grab" the dirt! I used regular grout in a powder room and it's soooo much nicer. I'm sorry to say I think it was a mistake, but I can't even imagine how to undo it.
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:13 AM   #6
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Also, this was a "one woman job" and I didn't have help putting it in, so I was trying to work fast so I could use a lot of it before it started to set. I wish I had known about this site before I started. Oh well. It still looks better than it did when I started.
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:10 AM   #7
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any sanded or resin grout is going to have a texture to it.
that particular grout is stain proof but it wont stop surface dirt from laying on it or any other floor grout.
you might try another way of cleaning (maybe vacuuming first) or keeping the dirt off the floor.
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Can I or should I try to lay some more grout down (of the same kind) to smooth it out, and by smooth I mean make the lines more "even"? I read somewhere on a post that someone used water and vinegar to clean the lines and that helped to make them more uniform and less jagged in appearance.
I appreciate the advise so much.
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:58 AM   #9
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and I just bought a new vacuum cleaner with a good brush attachment so I'll try vacuuming prior to mopping.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:14 AM   #10
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my husband and I have looked closely and decided that laying another coat over the original application of grout might enhance the appearance. some lines are good, some too uneven. probably the fault of the grouter (you think?) and now that she's a bit more experienced is willing to have a go at it again. I wish I could buy this product in bags that would allow me to mix smaller portions of it.
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I wouldnt do another layer of grout over the old.
I would have made the first grout smooth and uniform.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:23 AM   #12
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Ah, yes well...I can't unring the bell...
Do you think another layer won't 'stick'?
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:24 AM   #13
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Oh, and this is old white 4" ceramic tiles from 1971 with very narrow grout lines.
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Arlis,

I use Opticolor quite a bit, and the installs I have done come out smooth with only the typical sand like texture you get with any grout with an aggregate in it. Sounds like it may have not been mixed properly, or that it set up too much prior to cleaning, or too aggressive cleaning (or combination of).

You can re-grout by removing a good portion of the grout first (a real pain to do if you don't have the right tools and practice doing it), but like Brian said, don't try to just resurface it with grout.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:41 AM   #15
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thanks for the help from many states! I will ponder. the taking out of the old grout was initially the hardest part of the job and took me forever to do with a grout saw. I wasn't comfortable with a dremel (sp?) tool having never used one before so i did it by hand. I'm sure the lack of experience played the largest role in this, but I was open to trying.
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