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Old 09-30-2010, 09:47 AM   #1
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Which grout for 1/16" AND 3/16" grout lines

I am doing a backsplash with 3/16" grout lines around 3x6 travertine. I would like to cut some strips of smaller glass tiles from a 12"x12" mat to insert as a boarder. The problem is the tiles on the mat have 1/16" grout lines. I know I must use sanded grout for the 3/16" but will sanded be OK on the 1/16" spaces as well?

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Old 09-30-2010, 09:53 AM   #2
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You've got to be a bit cautious when using sanded grout with glass due to the possibility of scratching. Some glass scratches and some don't. Test grouting over a sample glass tile before you commit fully so you aren't surprised on your installed tiles. On that point, Laticrete's Permacolor would probably fit your needs very well because the sand used in the formula is smaller and more rounded in shape than typical sanded grouts...so it's less likely to scratch. And unlike other sanded grouts, it has a range from 1/16" to 1/2" width grout lines.

When I need to use a cementitious grout, Permacolor is my first choice...especially because the final dried grout matches the sample colors...no surprises on color variations. Take a look at Laticrete's "Toasted Almond" color...might be a good color for you?

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Def. use permacolor.. That grout is perfect for your application
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Add one more vote for permacolor. It shouldn't scratch and will also work in those smaller joints quite well.

Mix smaller batches as you get the hang of it
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Like Paul said....Permacolor is the way to go.
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Thanks for the replies. I just assumed all sanded grout was for grout lines 1/8" or more. Good to know Permacolor will work in 1/16".
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