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Old 12-29-2017, 12:55 PM   #1
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Can I get your quick opinion on this grout color? Picture included

We just installed 2000 sq ft of this cinnamon timber 8X48" wood look tile, I am having a heck of a time committing to a grout color. Keep in mind this will be a rental house so looking for something that will hide dirt See a sample section we did in flash walnut color grout.... too dark? Should we go more neural like chocolate color?
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Old 12-29-2017, 01:24 PM   #2
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or this one better?

Chocolate better choice?
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Old 12-29-2017, 01:25 PM   #3
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Here's some advice I got once for picking a grout color for a floor:

Step 1 - Mop your (existing) floor

Step 2 - Pick a grout color that most closely matches the color of the dirty mop water because that's the color that the grout will end up being over time.
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Old 12-29-2017, 10:13 PM   #4
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I like Rich's advice.

But I'd like to add this: One of the most common complaints we hear on this forum is: "My dark grout dried to a way lighter color than I thought".

There are multiple reasons for this. But I'll skip right to some useful info for you. I'd choose a grout that WILL dry to the advertised color. And if you're going to use a cement-based grout (far less $$$ than urethane or epoxy grouts), I'd focus on Laticrete's Permacolor grout. Just make sure you don't mix too much at a time, as this stuff has a little shorter "pot life" than other cement-based grouts.

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^what he said👍
I've had color issues with keracolor in the past too. Especially the darker colours.

Permacolor/select are my favourite cement grouts.

There's Ultracolor FA grout too if you want to upgrade and stay with Mapei colours.
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FWIW, Laticrete Permacolor is a favorite of mine, but Laticrete has gotten hard to get from local distributor. I tried Mapei Ultracolor FA for the first time recently and liked it... will use again. They seem very similar and are both marketed as premium cement grouts.
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Before committing to grouting 2000 square feet, do more samples like you did with the walnut sample. Better to waste money on a couple bags of grout, then not being happy with the whole floor. With the wood plank look, you'll want darker rather than lighter.
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Thank you!

We are going to see what other brand options we have around here and maybe try a couple more sample areas.
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Laticrete Permacolor select can make pretty well any color you want if you need more options
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