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Unread 06-14-2016, 03:04 PM   #316
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Thanks Michael, that's kinda strange your last post wan't showing when I posted my last comment. (or at least I didn't see it) Do you think the Ultracolor Plus is my best option? I will need to seal that if I use it in the shower right? Does it come in the same colors as the Flexcolor CQ? We had the Cocoa color picked out.
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Unread 06-24-2016, 01:08 PM   #317
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Yes, Ultracolor Plus is going to be your best bet for grout joints that go from that thin to that wide. It's available in all of our colors, including Cocoa.
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Unread 07-04-2016, 03:37 PM   #318
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I used the pearl grey color of this grout today on my matte white subway tile tub surround. Color is great and overall the grout was pretty easy to use. I am, however, getting a haze/film on some of the tiles, despite following the instructions. I'm guessing it i dried up a little faster than i could get it off. Same film that is all over my hands after forgetting to pick up gloves. Almost like a rubber membrane.

Anyway, it will come off the tile with elbow grease, but how long should i wait to let the grout harden before i can really scrub it? Right now if i am really careful to avoid the grout joints i can get it off but that is very time consuming. Any tips?
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Unread 07-04-2016, 03:54 PM   #319
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Mapei suggested heavy-duty tile and grout cleaner on another post. Try with a clear dishsoap first. i always try to remove the haze as soon as i can.
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Unread 07-04-2016, 05:53 PM   #320
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Thanks for the suggestion. For now a lightly dampened non-scratch scouring pad is doing the job, just taking a while. It is basically on the surface of all the tiles. Either i misinterpreted the instructions somehow, or the easy removal is not so easy.
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Unread 07-07-2016, 01:54 PM   #321
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You can try one of the citrus based cleaners (Goo-Gone, Goof-Off, etc) to facilitate removing the haze. Typically the culprit with grout haze with these ready-to-use products is not changing out the wash water frequently enough. When the water dries, it leaves a thin acrylic haze that sounds like what you're describing.
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Unread 08-10-2016, 10:47 AM   #322
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Enclosed Sponge

I have a question for y'all. Getting ready to use the Flexclolor CQ for 2 bathrooms on both the bathroom floors, the shower and bathtub walls and the shower floor. I see that they are including a Mapei sponge with the 1 Gal tubs of FlexColor CQ. The included sponge is a SQUARE edge sponge and all throughout the instructions I see that we should be using a ROUND edge sponge! What is the scoop on that? Also, how long after grouting do we wait to install the toilet? What about using the shower? I have seen both the 7 day and 3 day timeframes listed.

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Unread 08-10-2016, 12:13 PM   #323
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John, thanks for your questions. When we first came out with Flexcolor, we were touting a rounded edge sponge (that's what I used on the floors in my house, for instance). Since then, we've decided that the square edge sponges have a slight advantage in cleanup. To be honest, it seems to be a personal preference thing as it's very hard to quantify an advantage either way. The sponges in the bucket do work quite nicely.

As for your showers, this product air dries. We've tested it at 3 days and haven't had issues but if it's humid, cold, or you don't have much air movement in that area you're going to be better off giving it a week. Again, I know both of these sound like wishy-washy answers but that's because we're tying to cover a variety of variables we, as manufacturers, can't really control. Hope this helped!
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Unread 08-10-2016, 09:56 PM   #324
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Unread 08-12-2016, 05:22 PM   #325
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Thanks for all the help so far, this is what we have done so far!Name:  IMG_20160810_141004.jpg
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Unread 10-17-2016, 03:42 PM   #326
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Seems like an excellent product - so whats the latest buzz?
(how's it holding up? is the honeymoon over? etc etc)


As a newbie I work pretty slow and in small batches. I don't have any problem mixing, as long as its not premeasured packets (epoxy) where you have to rush to use the whole batch or toss it. So I like the idea of being able to do patchup the next day, or just saying - that's enough for one day.

I'm doing a small bathroom floor of 2" mosaic white /grey polished marble. I've already sealed it once and am wondering if this is a good product to use.

The mosaic grout lines are just over 1/8 " (must be some odd metric spacing), so I guess that requires I use a sanded grout, which this is. Of course I understand that this may cause scratching, but is there really any choice in that regards?

Also, the "white" doesn't look very white on the website color chart - what's it lt like in person? Any idea how it would compare to Custom Polyblend Snow White (this one works for me) ? How would Mapei Avalanche compare to Poly Bright White?
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Unread 10-17-2016, 03:51 PM   #327
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The Avalanche is the whitest white of any grout.
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Unread 10-17-2016, 03:52 PM   #328
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Hi Jeff

Mapei always suggests doing a mock up to verify if scratching will occur on sensitive materials.

If Flexcolor CQ doesn't work, you can consider Ultracolor Plus FA, but remember this is a rapid setting grout.

Avalanche #38 is the brightest white available.
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Unread 10-18-2016, 10:54 AM   #329
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Thanks guys,

If 38 Avalanche is the world champion bright-white, then I guess I should just ignore how it looks on my monitors . 00 "White" might be all I need. maybe the shadow effect along the top of each sample just darkens the overall impression too
http://www.mapei.com/US-EN/coloured-grouts-list.asp


As far as the scratching , I'm checking out litearture on Ultracolor Plus FA, , which is "Fine Aggregate" and I gather is intended to let it get into smaller joints (1/16). Sounds like that could minimize scratching (?), though it still has a disclaimer about that possibility.


Another question about flexcolor CQ -
I think I read somewhere along the way that not only does it not need a sealer, it "does not accept a sealer".
Any ideas on what happens if it does get some sealer on it? I mean I'll still have to seal the mosaic marble tiles periodically, won't I? I don't see being able to do that perfectly without ever touching the grout.
Right now I'm using Miracle Sealant 511 , which is solvent based. - bad for Flex CQ??
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Unread 10-18-2016, 11:36 AM   #330
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Neither does porcelain tile accept sealer.

It just won't absorb into it. Remember to wipe it down within the allocated time.

I don't think you need to worry about FlexColor scratching. I've used it on a fairly wide variety of materials and have not seen it scratch.

The aggregate is a rounded material, not sharp edged. It rolls off as you work it in.

Having said that, it is still a wise idea to do a sample first.
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