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Unread 07-30-2002, 06:09 AM   #1
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Hi Guys,

I just finished tiling my kitchen and am disappointed in the color of the grout. I used polyblend new taupe, which is fairly dark. It looked great while I was putting it down, a little darker than the color shown on the bag. The only problem is that it dried to almost a light grey color (much lighter than the color on the bag and on the color sample guide. Not really the look I was going for. If I wet it, it looks like the color I want.

My questions for you guys are:

1. Was it something that I did, or do you think it is just variation in the color? I measured out everything and beilieve that I mixed it correctly. I did use tap water though..

2. I read on the bag something about effloresence? could this be it? the bag says that this can be cleaned with sulphonic acid cleaner. my tiles have a warning on the box not to use acidic cleaners, so I am leary of this.

3. If I am stuck with tis color, does something exist that I could use to stain it darker, or possibly a sealer would darken it enough (but would it darken it as much as wetting it with water?). If so what brands do you recommend and where to get?

thanks for any help,

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Unread 07-30-2002, 06:17 AM   #2
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Hi Jeff,

You can try white vinegar mixed half and half with water. It won't harm the tiles.

That failing, you can re-color the grout with Aquamix grout colorant.

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Unread 07-30-2002, 07:39 AM   #3
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Hi Jeff,

I can relate. We have more cans of cast-off paint colors in the garage than I care to count. My wife is putting me through the ringer now on grout colors.

For anyone else who has not grouted and is uncertain about finished color: I set a 1 foot square scrap of hardibacker with scraps of the two shades of tile we used. Then we grouted this sample with the colors of grout we liked. I figured it was worth a few $12 bags of grout to see what it looks like before we grouted two bags worth. I've seen the color change before.

I will report back in my "countertop height" thread on blending two colors of grout to get the desired shade.
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