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Kiffy 04-07-2004 11:10 PM

Caulking matte black tile
Please help. We are building a house and have used Olympia mosaic tiles in our master ensuite. The caulking was done today and it looks terrible. Apparently the colour they used is called translucent. We aren't sure what to do, because the tiles are matte and black. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks

Mike2 04-08-2004 06:34 AM

Hi Kiffy and welcome to the forum. :)

I just want to make sure we understand the problem correctly. You are talking about the caulk, not the grout, right? What was it exactly that they caulked?

Also, the term "master ensuite" is one I'm not familiar with...what is that, a bathroom?

Kiffy 04-08-2004 08:53 AM

Caulking Matte Black Tile
Hi Mike! Thanks for responding. Yes, I'm referring to the silicone or caulking, not the grout. They uses a charcoal grout and it looks great with the matte tiles. They used the silicone between the laminate and the tile. Our tile goes up about 8", so they also did the corners which is what looks the worst.

The master ensuite is the bathroom off the bedroom...is that just something we use in Canada?

Mike2 04-08-2004 09:09 AM


Now I understand. I'm not what you would exactly call a caulking expert but here's my 2 cents, others may chime in.

Silicone or some siliconeized (if's that's a word) caulk can be on the shiny side and contrast remarkably with your matte black tile and charcoal grout..

There are caulks out there that are not shiny. ColorFast is one of them and they have shades that will match up with any grout color put out by all of the major manufacturers. .ColorFast Caulk
There are probably many others as well. Some of the tile pros who have done work with matt black tile might have some other good suggestions. In the meantime, you need to get that caulk out of there. Time is not on your side. It's gets harder to remove with each passing day.

That's my opinion.

Kiffy 04-08-2004 12:48 PM

Caulking Matte Black Tile
Thanks so much for the advice. I called Colorfast and have talked to my builder about their products! Cheers!

John Bridge 04-08-2004 06:09 PM

Hi Kiffy,

I knew what "ensuite" meant. :D

ColorFast make sanded caulkings also, in case your grout is sanded. :)

Mike2 04-08-2004 06:14 PM

JB, that doesn't surprise me at all. Yu's all Texas boys talk funny too. :D

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