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Unread 09-22-2007, 08:49 PM   #1
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Question Grouting question

Quick question. I just finished a shower and I want to know how soon after I grout can I use the shower? I am going to grout it tomorrow morning (sunday) and I'd really like to be able to have a shower on monday morning. I'm usinly Polyblend grout.

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Unread 09-22-2007, 09:00 PM   #2
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Nick, the PolyBlend data sheet recommends a 48 to 72 hour wait time before sealing, let alone before totally immersing it in water. I'd re-think those Monday morning plans. Too soon I think.
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Unread 09-22-2007, 09:54 PM   #3
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It can also be dependent on what type of thinset you used.
Get some of them modified wet too soon and you can destroy the bond.
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Unread 09-22-2007, 10:48 PM   #4
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I used Kerabond for the thinset.
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Unread 09-23-2007, 10:35 AM   #5
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Spectralock can be used in 24 hrs and no sealing required.
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Unread 09-25-2007, 12:16 PM   #6
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Ok, now I've got a question about sealing. I was wondering if anyone had an opinion of the "TileLabs" sealer that Home Depot sells. Is this decent enough for the shower? or is it crap? I'd like to make sure this shower stays in excellent condition for a long time (with proper maintenance and cleaning, of course)

Also, I have a huge dilemma that I should have addressed before I tiled, but didn't. When I removed the old drywall from the tub enclosure I found that the drwall went all the way to the floor and the tub was butted up against it (so the tile flange made the old tile stick out at the bottom). I cut away the drywall and up to the tile flange and replaced it with 5/8" drywall to make the drywall and flange be on the same plane. That solved that issue, but now the transition from the old drywall to the new is of course not even. I was only expecting a 1/8" difference, but for some reason the difference is 3/4" in the middle of the wall and 1/2" at the top of the wall (including the thickness of the tile.) So I have a rather screwy wall. This gap seems way to big to simply fill with Caulk or something like that. In hindsight I probably should have replaced the whole wall so there'd be no transition, but it's too late for that now. Anyone have any ideas?
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Unread 09-26-2007, 03:08 PM   #7
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me again with another question...

no one answered my question on whether the "TileLab" sealer was decent or not, so hopefully it's ok.

My new question is this: they say that the drying time is 2 hours. Does that mean I can use the shower after 2 hours? or should I be waiting longer? It's a bit vague to me...


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Unread 09-26-2007, 03:17 PM   #8
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I used my shower every day of it's remodel, taped up a plastic sheet with painters tape, not a problem.

I use Aquamix, SCI and Stonetech sealers, never used Tilelab, so won't comment on it, the others I know work very well.
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