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Unread 09-07-2009, 10:14 PM   #1
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Epoxy Grout Stains

I had a full bathroom tiled with 1"x1" Bisazza mosaic glass tiles a year ago. Our contractor didn't wipe all the epoxy grout off the tiles and therefore left a heavy haze on the surface. Given that our contractor refused to find a solution, I searched and found an epoxy haze remover by Miracle Company, which worked but also removed some epoxy grout from the joints. Over time the grout has turned a yellowish-orange from our hard water. I'm thinking of having the entire bathroom professionally regrouted with epoxy, but am afraid of the costs and possible outcome. I need only to fill in what was removed by the Miracle Epoxy Haze Remover, so with that I'm thinking I have the following solutions:

1. regrout over epoxy using epoxy? (hard to use, but could to it myself if I go slow?)

2. regrout over epoxy using non-sanded cement grout? (joints are probably too shallow?)

3. restain the epoxy grout? (the grout would remain unflush with the tiles but at least the grout would be white?)

I'm really at an impass. Help before I make a real mess!

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Unread 09-07-2009, 11:21 PM   #2
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hi Suzi,
Which grout was used? Knowing if it was SpectraLock or some other 100%-solids exopy will make a bit of difference in the replies you get.
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Unread 09-08-2009, 04:35 PM   #3
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The epoxy grout used was BISAZZA FILL EPOXY GROUT. I hope that helps.
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Unread 09-08-2009, 04:46 PM   #4
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Have you cleaned the glass to your satisfaction?If so i think it would be easier to fill in and regrout the areas with the epoxy,i'm guessing, since i can't see it,and the other opstions really won't work anyway,they won't stick.If you want to tackle it just follow the manuf. directions.And read around the site here for more info about working with epoxy.
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Unread 09-08-2009, 05:03 PM   #5
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I have cleaned the tiles to their pre-installation condition -- which is glossy and smooth. I'm waiting to hear back from a few tile specialists in the NYC area, but can you tell me ballpark how much to expect to pay to have a professional regrout with epoxy. Again, it's floor to ceiling mosaic, and the room is 6'x8'. Thanks!
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Unread 09-08-2009, 05:13 PM   #6
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I'm in Fl. and have no idea what it looks like so it would be impossible for me to guess, but some here are from that area and may chime in.
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Unread 09-08-2009, 07:27 PM   #7
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Bring the monitor into the bathroom so we could take a look!

I would stain the grout a color that has a match in epoxy grout and fill in the areas that need it.

If you do use the epoxy, please follow the directions to a T. When used properly, its great stuff,when used wrong, you end up here.

Good luck,keep us posted.
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Unread 10-07-2009, 05:40 PM   #8
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Spectralock

Shaughnn,

You said "Knowing if it was SpectraLock or some other 100%-solids epoxy...".

Are you sure about that? I thought the Spectralock epoxy liquids were both emulsions which is what allows for water clean-up. That could mean maybe 50:50 water to epoxy in the grout as applied.

I've used the product and while initially happy, I'm not so impressed with the clean-ability anymore. If there is that much water in the product it could explain these issues.
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Unread 10-08-2009, 08:11 PM   #9
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Hi Suzi, Welcome!

You've got a tough one.

We just did a Bisazza mosaic job with their Fill Epoxy grout. Bisazza also comes with a spray cleaner that cleans up the tile like it came out of the box (during the grouting process). Too bad your installer didn't properly complete the job.

If you used a grout colorant, it would have to be something like Aqua Mix grout colorant (capable of going over epoxy grout).

You're probably better off touching up the worst of the low spots, followed by the grout colorant.
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