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Unread 03-08-2006, 01:41 PM   #1
Linnea56
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Where to buy Mapei products in Chicago or Northwest suburbs?

Is there a particular chain where I can buy the Mapei products ? On "That Home Site" I posted and asked for brand recommendations for products to buy. I am not installing this myself but am supposed to provide the products.

The job is a marble floor in foyer and powder room, and a marble tile backsplash in the kitchen.

Bill Vincent recommended :
Mapei Ultraflex II polymer modified mortar for the floor, and
Mapei Ultralite polymer modified mortar for the backsplash. For the
grout for both, a portland cement-based dry unsanded grout with colorant added.
Sealer: Aquamix or Miracle Enhancing sealer.
I also need epoxy to seal the backs of some of the backsplash tile (which is a green serpentine marble).

I'm in the Chicago northwest suburbs. I have been calling tile shops and most seem to carry what they call "their own versions" of mortar, grout, etc. The place that looks the best equipped carries "Prolastic" dry polymer modified mortar. No other kind for the backsplash. For the grout, their own dry pre-colored mix; they could not tell me if it was portland cement based. Sealer, their own brand. No epoxy to coat backs of serpentine marble either. I'm getting frustrated: everyone says, "No, but we have ours, which is just as good". The installer is not from this area: the chain he recommended has no stores remotely near me. Can you suggest a place where a layman can buy these products?

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Here is a website to find a dealer. John.
http://www.mapei.com/MapeiAmericas/en/index.htm
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Yeesh. Why didn't I think of the fact that they probably had a website? Well, I'm recovering from the flu and some brain cells are still sleeping...

How about the portland-cement based unsanded grout? Any brand recommendations for that? Or does Mapei make that too? I'm really finicky about matching colors, so may need lots of shades to choose from.

Thanks, folks!
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Unread 03-08-2006, 04:51 PM   #5
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Linnea, Mapie makes grout also. Mapei are also available at Lowes also. If you don't find a color you like try the Home Depot, they carry Custom brand. John.
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