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Old 02-02-2012, 01:39 PM   #1
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Matching old grout color

I had a bathroom floor tile job done by a pro about a year ago. The floor looked great intially, but within a few months, a good deal of the grout cracked. I removed and replaced the cracked grout joints. But now the grout color is off. I used the same bag of mushroom grout (no jokes allowed) that the tile guy used, but the grout I put down is lighter. I sealed the grout joints just like I had done originally. Any advice about how to match the grout color?
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I'll leave this to the more knowledgable folk around here but when 2 people mix the grout, there are variables between how much water is used, how it's mixed etc..

My guess is that's what happened but again, emphasis on the word "guess".
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:39 PM   #3
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Hi Brownieruf

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I just had the same situation happen to me on a repair. As Daniel mentioned too many variables, even if the same person mixed it for just a repair vs. the whole floor. Temperature, humidity, amount of water used to mix, dry time, amount of wash water, etc.

My best suggestion is to strip the sealer used, and color seal the floor grout.

I'll warn you that your grout may crack again. Are you sure you don't have any loose tiles? That's the main reason for grout cracking in the first place.
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Matching old grout color

Thanks doitright-
I do have 3 hailine cracked tile, but the grout is fine around these. I haven't yet replaced these tiles. I don't believe that there are any loose tiles wher the grout cracked. Any suggestion as to what I should use to strip the sealer and to color seal the floor grout.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:07 PM   #5
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If you have cracking grout and tiles you have bigger issues one your hands for sure. Some sort of issue with your substrate or bonding of the tiles. You can fix the grout but more then likely you will have problems again in the future. Depending on the manufacturer of the grout you may be able to get a colorant that "matches" your grout. Plan on doing the whole floor with it. I personally havent ever used them but have heard good things about these guys http://modernstonecare.com/color-charts/
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Hi brownieruf

I'm of the same opinion of Ray. Have you tried tapping on the tiles to check for hollow sounds. Grout doesn't just crack.

What kind of sealer did you use (specifically)?
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