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Unread 07-27-2004, 06:40 AM   #1
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Unhappy Cleaning up expoxy grout

Im laying vitrefied tiles on a patio, need to use expoxy but have no experience with it. How do I appy it and clean up?
Read some articles from NTCA, they talk about cleaning up with a doodlebug, being from Australia dont have a clue what this is.
Any ideas or comments would be helpful

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Unread 07-27-2004, 07:20 AM   #2
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Hi Paul,

I've only used Laticrete SpectraLock, but don't know if it is available DownUnder. It was very straight forward to use. I followed the suggestion of using some vinegar in my clean up water and it worked great. Have some help on hand for the clean up as it proceeds to set up quickly, but it is very manageable.
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Unread 07-27-2004, 07:34 AM   #3
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The epoxy grout is totally different than regular grout. You'll need an epoxy grout float, hard rubber. You'll want to wring your sponge on the tile to wipe it, the more water the merrier. Bring some extra sponges you'll need em'.
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Unread 07-27-2004, 05:28 PM   #4
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Also,a doodlebug is an abrasive coarse scrub pad, very helpful with gooey epoxy.
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Unread 07-28-2004, 09:26 AM   #5
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Is that like a green 3M refinishing pad?
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Unread 07-28-2004, 01:14 PM   #6
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Yeah,except coarser and thicker.
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Unread 07-28-2004, 02:57 PM   #7
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I heard Hot water wroks the best for expoxy. I try and stay very clear of epoxy just from the horror stories with it.
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Unread 07-28-2004, 07:26 PM   #8
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The WHITE 3M pad works best...it's fine enough that it doesn't rip out the joints. I use a pole sander with the velcro head to hold the pad...that way Iim not kneeling in epoxy water with my Proknees.
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Speaking of Proknee, after tonight I need Proknee. Where did you get them again Brian?
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Unread 07-29-2004, 10:17 AM   #10
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I don't know how anybody works without proknees. I've had the same pair a year and a half now. I supply all my help with them but they are loan basis only.
The only draw back is that working with ECB membrane on a hot day the pad sticks to the tacky layment and when getting up it feels like I might pull off the buckels. But so far so good.
It's often this ECB takes the shoes right off my feet. I keep small piles of sand around and walk through them often.
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Unread 07-29-2004, 10:30 AM   #11
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Ow by the way getting back to the topic at hand
Clean up your mess real good. Water don't epoxy grout like it does with the others.
And dont be scared, just be prepared you should have no problem, and most important READ and FOLLOW the directions given.Tape off everything you can and remove the tape soon after or the tape will be locked in by the grout.

And after a day or two later if you find a lump or two you can somtimes get it off carfully with a razor blade. Do it like you would clean glass.
And you might find a slight haze, You can feel this haze with your hand but its hard to see. I've used a product called Petra 7. You can soak a rag and rub away this gritty feeling haze.
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