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Unread 10-31-2006, 02:07 PM   #1
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Grouting "V" Board

I just looked at a house last night, and one of the things they would like done is to have the "V" groove grouted in their plank panel floor. They have already tried grouting it with conventional grout. Only to have it crack and chunk out.

Any suggestions on what to use to fill these grooves???
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Unread 10-31-2006, 03:40 PM   #2
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Are you talking about wood?
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Unread 10-31-2006, 03:44 PM   #3
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Any trowelable wood filler should do the trick. Bad thing is, they might as well just refinish the floors then.
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Unread 10-31-2006, 04:01 PM   #4
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They are wood. Old barn boards or reclaimed from something. Everything in the house is reclaimed. They will not be refinishing at all. They look like they were painted barn red at one time. Now they are worn and all rustic looking. The "V" groove is close to a 1/2" deep. So refinishing would do nothing. It needs to be filled, because dog hair and crumbs are collecting where the grout has come loose.

My thought would be sanded caulk. But being that deep it always shrinks and cracks, and would have to be redone after it cures. Another thought was to use Congolium Acrylic grout. Not sure what will work best.
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Unread 10-31-2006, 04:58 PM   #5
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Brian, I`ve done what your describing quite a few times although most were new construction.
When I couldn`t undercut`m I`d take my time &blue tape`m bein careful to make sure the tape is well adhered to the conture of the V ,then force as much caulking in the voids as possible .
Then take a putty knife&clean the xcess spooge off ,then clean it up w/ sponge+water ,take tape off,come back following day + touch up the shrinkage & reasure the customer that its prolly gona need some periodic maintanance & leave them with a new tube of caulking to match .
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I think your going to have a high maintenance floor no mater how you address this if you are not refinishing. That said, I might be inclined to try a color match wood putty. I don't believe caulk is not a good flooring solution, it just can't handle the traffic.
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Unread 10-31-2006, 07:18 PM   #7
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Whatever you put in those cracks won't last. Anything hard will get pushed out as the wood expands and contracts. Anything soft won't hold up very long without looking bad. I've been doing wood floors for a long time and you have a rustic floor there that was installed because someone wanted that look. Many people don't get proper explainations when they make these choices. They really just need to keep the floor vacuumed.

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Unread 10-31-2006, 08:36 PM   #8
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How about autobody filler. I used to use bondo to fill nail holes when I did a lot of carpentry work and it seemed to hold up better than most wood filler.
You might be able to mix a bit of stain with it to match the color.

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Unread 10-31-2006, 09:56 PM   #9
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ugh, maybe epoxy grout would work?
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Unread 10-31-2006, 11:47 PM   #10
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We use colored bondo to fill knot holes and such. Bondo would require sanding after it sets, which would mean a refinish. Still, the expanding and contracting of the wood will crack anything you put in there. If whatever you put in won't crack then the wood will.

Sounds like a better vacuum or a new floor is what they need.

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Unread 11-01-2006, 12:49 AM   #11
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Bryan is right as far as my limited expirence is concerned. I have some old fir Flooring that needed fill in places and I tried a number of diff. products. Epoxy is too hard and eventually separates..Bondo seemed to last longer. High performance wood filler did the same. Anything urathane seemed too soft.

I heard of several polyurethane concoctions mixed with sawdust can work if followed by a good finish coating..but never tried. you almost need something like poly-expandable foam that could be filled, sanded and stained/painted. Something like gorilla glue. That'd be fun
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Unread 11-01-2006, 01:01 AM   #12
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What about using a router and a straightedge to turn the V-grooves into deeper rectangular grooves, and then insetting wood strips? Not cheap or easy, but it might work.
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Unread 11-01-2006, 09:42 AM   #13
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Jeff, you musta got good grades. That's a good idea.
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Unread 11-01-2006, 09:45 PM   #14
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I do not think their objective is to hide the groove, but to give the look of a grout line.
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You could do that with Jeff's idea by using a contrasting wood.
Plus...there's what we want and then there's reality.......
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