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Unread 07-28-2022, 04:14 PM   #16
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FWIW, grouting can help hide some of the lippage issues.
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Unread 08-15-2022, 06:42 PM   #17
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Thank you all

Hey everyone,

Believe it or not, I finally grouted my backsplash. My wife agreed to accepting the scratches as they really could only be seen in very certain angles.

The grout really makes the backsplash look incredible. The lippage is hardly noticeable now.

Thanks for the advice for mixing smaller batches. I went with 2 pounds first, and got a good feel for the task. I did two more batches to complete it. And I have two pounds left.

Final questions - there are a couple of places that I need to redo. The areas are small (1/4” max). I have the matching caulk for the joint where the backsplash meets the counter, and the corner. Can I use that to fill in those touch up areas? This is the Mapei I sanded grout. Or so I mix up a pound of my left over grout? Final question - how large of an area should I clear out if I need to rework the area with grout? 1”? Or more?
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No harm in trying the caulk, John, but even color matched caulk may not match the color and texture of the grout exactly. Least in my limited experience.

If you do opt to use grout; you need about 2/3rd's the depth of the joint to be clear so that the new grout has something to adhere to; the thin sides of the tile. As long as you have enough depth in the joint for the grout to adhere, length and width are not a factor.
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