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Unread 09-24-2008, 08:28 AM   #1
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Mapei Kerapoxy, Kerapoxy IEG, Opticolor

Hi all,

I am having a really difficult time deciphering which of the Mapei epoxy grouts to use in my shower. I know that I want an epoxy, but don't really understand the differences between:

Kerapoxy IEG

I'm hoping that with the following criteria, one of you grout experts out there will suggest one.

1. Stain-free
2. Mold-free
3. Suitable for shower
4. Super durable
5. No maintenance

I've read in another post that Opticolor is not really an epoxy and that is is more in the "resistant" category rather than "bulletproof". I don't mind taking my time learning to use the product. I'm not on a clock with this project.

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Unread 09-24-2008, 04:14 PM   #2
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Kerapoxy is a mortar & grout system.
Kerapoxy is available in all MAPEI colors for grouting.

Kerapoxy IEG is more of a industrial epoxy grout.
Kerapoxy IEG is available in five colors – gray, black, terra cotta, mocha and charcoal – reflecting the colors most often used in industrial projects.

Opticolor is a reactive resin grout with chemical and stain resistance. It is a nonsagging, efflorescence-free grout with no shrinkage.
Opticolor provides color uniformity, stain resistance and durability beyond that of cement grouts.

I would go with the Kerapoxy or the Opticolor if you want to use Mapei products.
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Unread 09-24-2008, 04:51 PM   #3
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Kerapoxy is good stuff. I've been using it frequently as of late. If you've never used epoxy before, make sure you read the directions thoroughly ... maybe even do a test board.

I'm not trying to scare you away from it. It's not rocket science. It just requires an approach consistent with epoxy materials.

It's well worth the investment in my opinion.

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