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Unread 02-13-2009, 02:45 AM   #721
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after about a year I'm overall still happy, but have noticed that some of the grout on the vanity has taken on a whitish look like efflorescence except it's very difficult to clean. I suspect this is from standing water, but we haven't been able to clean it. Anybody else seen this?
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Unread 02-13-2009, 06:36 AM   #722
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I think you and I may get our water from the same place..the Colorado River. They talk about how hard the water is here in San Diego. My grout joints near the bottom of the walls and the floor were turning white. I took some CLR and scrubbed gently with an old toohbrush, let it sit a couple of minutes and rinsed and it looked like original. Your results may vary.

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Unread 02-13-2009, 08:32 AM   #723
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I use vinegar water to clean my mixer paddle. You might need an old toothbrush to get in all the nooks and crannies of those blades. I also think, that you might not have the time to clean up the mixer, immediately after mixing the SpectraLock. That might leave a residue that you would not want to eat in your next cake.

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What are you planning to do with the left over full unit and how long are you planning to keep it? I noticed that Part A is in a foil package and that might mean that it is light sensitive, or it just might be a way to keep you from mixing two "A"s or two "B"s together by mistake. I regularly split my Full units into mini size and store them in double zip lock bags. I have only kept them this way, and out of the light, for about a week before using them.

The chemicals might also attack bare metal. Maybe zip lock bag inside a metal can might work.
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Unread 02-13-2009, 01:45 PM   #724
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I have a couple of more projects planned but it might be a year before I get to the next one. If it doesn't keep then I will scrap it when the time comes. I can always mix a little to test it.

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Unread 02-13-2009, 02:07 PM   #725
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Brian - my water is a combo of CO River and local ground, but yes, it's pretty hard. I actually have a softener, and I'm starting to suspect salt residue. (We've had it checked, and it's working fine.)

As for cleaning mixers - you absolutely MUST clean immediately after mixing. And I don't mean drop the paddles in a bucket of solution. You have to scrub them clean with a vinegar solution and rinse. It's been awhile, but I seem to recall usiing acetone to clean anything that was missed in that first wash.
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Unread 02-14-2009, 08:11 PM   #726
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Bought some Spectralock grout a while ago for a half bath remodel. Well it turns out my daughter put the container with the epoxy out into the garage and it froze. Can I still use it, or should I dump it and get a new one?

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Unread 02-14-2009, 08:29 PM   #727
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From the Spectralock website, Andy:
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Protect from freezing.
If you'll read back through this thread, you'll see folks talk about putting the mixed pookey inna freezer to slow its curing process. Laticrete does not recommend that.

Believe whomsoever you want, eh?

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 02-18-2009, 06:25 PM   #728
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I know there are all sorts of tips for cleaning the epoxy residual off the tile on here,
but sticking with what Laticrete Tech Supports say of using the Softscrub w/bleach already in it works like a charm.

But I used my orbital car wax buffer, wet the floor, squirted the terry cloth pad with the softscrub and went to town.
washed with a clean bucket of water and sponge.
took the light epoxy haze right off.
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Unread 02-25-2009, 06:52 AM   #729
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Morning Everyone!

Today is the first time to use Lacticrete's Epoxy. I got the Mushroom and Marble Beige and the plan is to make test amounts to determine match. Would anyone have any input on the curing of this puppy? Dry lighter? Or true to color?
This will be for the HOPEFULLY, CORRECTLY POSTED pic!
It's a polished marble variety, and the dark emperador won't mind if it contaminates a tad. It is very visually busy! It's just a little half bath that is rarely used and donated itself to experimentation. This has been sealed as well.

Any complaints or comments would be MUCH appreciated!
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Unread 02-25-2009, 07:05 AM   #730
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Jen - For the lighter colors, my experience shows that they do cure a shade or two lighter, but that depends on the color sample you use.

There are two types of color samples, one is the paper pamphlet found at Lowe's, the other is the 40 stick sample. I find that the sticks match the color much better than the paper pamphlet, as variations in printing can cause the shades to alter.

I just installed Platinum and it came out perfect to the stick and touch lighter to the paper. Where as when I installed River Rock, the stick was perfect again and the paper was two shades lighter.

The sticks can be hard to find. You will not find them at Lowe's, usually a lumber supply store or a tile supply store (if they carry Laticrete) will have them for you to look at, but not take.

But the stuff rocks and once you fully understand how to prep it and install it, you'll be very happy with it. Read the directions carefully and watch the online video several times.

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Unread 02-25-2009, 07:35 AM   #731
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WHEW! Thank you Mike! That makes me feel a LOT better about the Mushroom then. I chose off the stick, and mushroom was perfect. I was worried due to the fact that I've used mushroom in their regular grouts and it has a grey tint to it when it dries. I did not want that.

That does bring to question... has anyone ever removed epoxy grout? Is it the same as scraping out regular? Premature question, but I just like to know as much about whatever I'm working with.
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Unread 02-25-2009, 07:46 AM   #732
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After posting this, I went back a few pages to look for answer to a question I have and I didn't see it (or was I too lazy to look?).

I just tiled the landing area for a staircase and I had two instances where I thought the epoxy grout wasn't warranted and I would go with a caulk instead. So my question would be two fold for each instance
  1. The first riser going up from the landing. I view this a plan change and while the riser would have little movement, it could expand/contract with the seasons. So this area I think I would want to caulk between the tile and the riser. Question is, is my assumption correct or can I use the grout instead?
  2. The second instance is from the first stair nose landing going down. While this isn't a plane change, this area would be subject to increased pressure and possible flexing from foot traffic. So this area I think I would want to caulk between the tile and the nose landing. Question is, is my assumption correct or should I use the grout instead?

What do the pro's typically do in these instances?

Also - Can one of the Laticrete reps contact me? Lowe's laughed at me when I asked them to special order the caulk for me.
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Unread 02-25-2009, 01:25 PM   #733
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How to remove Spectralock Grout?

Meowloud

I also need to know how to remove spectralock. I need to remove a few linear feet of just the top surface of a 1/4" spectralock grout line so I can apply more spectralock to make a color match.)

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I was also unsuccessful at trying to get Lowe's to special order Latasil caulk.
They are supposed to be a distributor for Laticrete. Found it on line at FloorLife.com
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Unread 04-10-2009, 06:41 PM   #734
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Ok...So i see a few of you (Brian in san diego),have used pro even including the change of plane?. Anyone please comment on their results in doing this please! This is for my steam room in a 1957 rambler in basement on an exterior cynder block wall with good new framing,cbu,and kerdi. House is of super quality materials being built in the 50's. Thoughts anyone??

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Unread 04-11-2009, 07:12 AM   #735
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I grouted all changes of plane in my shower with Spectralock but it wasn't the "pro" version...it was off the shelf from Lowes. It's been two years and it hasn't cracked. Still looks great. My biggest problem is the hard water here in San Diego. Some areas of the grout near the bottom of the shower get "colored" white by the minerals. I apply a little CLR with a scrub brush, rinse it off and it looks like new.
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