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Unread 03-07-2020, 08:29 AM   #1
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New Spectralock 1 Grout

All the benefits of epoxy in a one part premixed grout. Sounds too good to be true but maybe it is. It does have a longer cure time than epoxy.

https://laticrete.com/en/tile-and-st.../spectralock-1

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KAZNf0UDhk
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Unread 03-07-2020, 10:48 AM   #2
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Interesting. Looks like a competitor for MAPEI's Flexcolor CQ and Custom's Fusion Pro. A bit difficult to compare just reading the data sheets, though.

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outperforms traditional premixed grouts currently available on the market.
As far as I know there's still no industry standard for those "single component" grouts, so I'm not sure just what a "traditional premixed grout" is and just how this new guy outperforms them.

It does not appear to have the restrictions against use in submerged applications or in steam showers, though, so that would differentiate it from both other single component grouts with which I'm familiar. Might be that this really is a new and improved product, but it's a bit early to say.

Unlike in the old days we'll (TYW) probably not rush out to buy a bucket to test, but I'll be curious to see how our members like it, 'specially those who have already used the other two "single component" grouts out there.
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Unread 03-07-2020, 11:05 AM   #3
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It could be a game changer or not. Remember how many changes to the formulation Spectra Loc Epoxy went through. Lets keep our fingers crossed.
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Talked to a few people that did the trials before it hit the market and they all said it was nice to work with.
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Unread 03-07-2020, 04:13 PM   #5
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As Laticrete was the Company that first invented (or set up) latex modified morter...many years ago, I tend to trust their research and technology. If it wasn't right, I doubt they would release it. I would have zero problems trying out anything they put on the market.....
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I am not a fan of the single component grouts. I will likely not be using this product, but would hope that any of you who do would review it here.
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Some of the newer single component grouts are excellent. One is the Flexcolor CQ
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Unread 03-09-2020, 12:02 PM   #8
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I saw the 'coming soon' at Laticrete's Total Solutions booth and have seen some advertisements for it. Laticrete has tried a couple of times to get into the 'ready-to-use' segment (Plasma was their swing and a miss a few years ago). I worry that using the Spectralock name is going to get confusing since there really are advantages to epoxy that a one-component product isn't going to fully match. I'll be curious to see what your experience actually is with the product, I'm sure a lot of R&D went into it.
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Unread 03-09-2020, 07:41 PM   #9
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I was just going to point out how Laticrete Plasma was discontinued due to problems. I used it a couple backsplashes and it seemed fine.
I have used Mapei Flex color CQ in my own main floor and really liked it.
I hope to try this new product from Laticrete.
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I'm in my usual spot of being in the middle (We sponsor Laticrete, Mapei and Custom). I'll agree with Dan Marvin, though, in that Laticrete has probably done a thorough testing of the product. I won't be attending Coverings this year, so I won't have my usual opportunity to get up close and ask a bunch of questions.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Laz
As Laticrete was the Company that first invented (or set up) latex modified morter...many years ago, I tend to trust their research and technology. If it wasn't right, I doubt they would release it. I would have zero problems trying out anything they put on the market.....
I believe this formula went through over 10,000 iterations in 7 years in our lab before we released it. You bet it's been through the ringer with testing! I encourage all of you to try it and test it for yourselves.

Another great benefit of this grout is that for those who are allergic to epoxy in general, this grout does NOT have the epoxy resins in it (however has the performance of epoxy), so it can be used by those with allergies.

As with any product we always recommend the the proper use of PPE.
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They've hyped this up a lot and are putting the Spectralock name on it. So far, their versions of premixed grout have been underwhelming, to say the least, but this new one sounds promising.

They're saying "epoxy performance" with a premixed grout. The video I saw shows that it's much harder than Fusion or Flexcolor. Does harder = better? It might.
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Unread 03-17-2020, 01:28 PM   #13
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I like the Mapei Flexcolor CQ quite a bit and has become my go-to. It is so much easier than bagged grout, you pretty much just open the container and go. No having to get your water ratios just right, don't have to mix-slake-mix and clean your bucket in between batches. The premixed stuff is a huge time saver for this solo guy.

I have been considering using the Spectralock 1 on my current job to see how it compares.
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Just got a quote on a gallon from my distributor. It was almost 2x Mapei Flexcolor CQ, which I thought was already at a premium.

I'm hoping the price my distributor quoted is high because it is currently special order. Maybe it will come down as a normally stocked item?
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If it's that expensive, I really don't see the benefit over the traditional two-part epoxy or the existing one-part grouts.
A lot of these products are driven by convenience. It's not that hard to mix the three parts of the traditional Spectralock.

This discussion reminds me of the selection of various wood staining products. You can do the one-does-it-all product and get a blotchy stain pattern. Or you can buy the pre-stain, stain and polyurethane finish coat. Three steps that take more application and drying time but will always result in a better finish that pops. Or one step and a meh/good-enough finish. Most people will be happy with the latter, especially if they're doing it themselves.

I am curious to learn about actual experience with this new Laticrete product, though. Chances are it will be good.
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