Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile

Welcome to John Bridge / Tile Your World, the friendliest DIY Forum on the Internet


Advertiser Directory
JohnBridge.com Home
Buy John Bridge's Books

Go Back   Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile > Tile & Stone Forums > Tile Forum/Advice Board

Sponsors


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Unread 05-26-2018, 03:51 PM   #1
Shaklee3
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 60
Grout Colors/Type

Hi all, new poster here. I'm finishing my first shower job with 4x16" white subway tiles above a tub. I'm not proud of it -- although I did learn a bit along the way. One of the biggest issues is that my grout lines aren't all perfect, and I would say they range from 1/16" to about 3/16". 90% of them are 1/8", though. This was mainly due to using a cheap tile scorer/snapper, and it never cut quite straight. This is a guest bathroom, and I just wasn't quite as prepared as I should have been before starting. Regardless, I'm at the point where I'm ready to grout, and I'm not sure what kind of grout to use. Sanded is obviously for >= 1/8", and unsanded for <= 1/8", but as you can see above, I'm somewhere in the middle.

Also, my local tile shop (Bedrosian) has both Bostik and Ardex grouts. Ardex they say doesn't make unsanded, so I picked up a bag of Bostik. After I got home, I realized I need the matching caulk for the corners and above tub. I'm assuming that I should always try to buy the matching caulk for the grout? They didn't carry the Bostik grout, so I would have to special order it. Should I return the Bostik and get something else? They also have the premixed versions.

If anyone is interested I can listed all my lessons learned, since it was useful for me. The biggest by far were:

1) Don't buy the smaller Kerdi board pieces. I couldn't find the floor-to-wall size pieces, so I ended up buying the smaller 36x48" ones. This created way more seams that I should have, and there are bumps where the kerdi band overlaps.
2) Don't use a tile snapper for subway tile (at least I couldn't figure out how to get this accurate). I've since invested in a Dewalt wet saw.
3) Take your time and always, always, always clean the thinset off the face of the tile and in the cracks as you go, not after it dries. Digging out dry thinset is not fun,
__________________
Cliff

Last edited by Shaklee3; 05-26-2018 at 03:57 PM.
Shaklee3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Unread 05-27-2018, 02:34 PM   #2
rmckee84
Registered User
 
rmckee84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 3,016
Use the ardex Fl grout. It is capable of being used in small and large joints and is very easy to use.
__________________
Jack of most trades, master of none...
Ryan McKee
McKee Construction & Custom Tile
rmckee84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-27-2018, 09:37 PM   #3
Shaklee3
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 60
Thanks! I'll see if my local shop carries it.
__________________
Cliff
Shaklee3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 05-28-2018, 09:00 PM   #4
Shaklee3
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 60
Thanks again rmckee, I picked up a bag today at my tile shop, and the caulk is on order. Glad it won't have any uncertainty.
__________________
Cliff
Shaklee3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-03-2018, 05:45 PM   #5
Shaklee3
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 60
Rmckee just finish grouting with that stuff. Man, they weren't lying when they said it has a pot life of 30 minutes. I think I got maybe 10 minutes before it started to get extremely hard. Might have been because the room I was in was a little warmer. Regardless, I added a tiny bit of water to a little patch of it and kept grouting. About to rinse off and see how it looks.
__________________
Cliff
Shaklee3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 06-04-2018, 07:06 PM   #6
rmckee84
Registered User
 
rmckee84's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 3,016
Cold water and cool temps are your friend. Also you can re-whip it with a mixer to give you a few extra minutes if a batch starts to go off. I mix small batched personally
__________________
Jack of most trades, master of none...
Ryan McKee
McKee Construction & Custom Tile
rmckee84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Stonetooling.com   Tile-Assn.com   National Gypsum Permabase


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Two Tile Colors, needing grout colors to match crystalm36 Tile Forum/Advice Board 4 05-08-2011 05:31 AM
Grout colors versus caulk colors Hubitom Tile Forum/Advice Board 5 09-14-2009 06:35 PM
Shower Tile - What size, type, pattern, colors most popular? e3 Tile Forum/Advice Board 5 06-25-2007 05:53 PM
What is your vote for best type of grout in kerdi shower and best type of caulk dcousins Tile Forum/Advice Board 2 12-14-2006 03:26 PM
Grout colors yadax3 Tile Forum/Advice Board 14 10-19-2004 08:06 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:49 PM.


Sponsors

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2018 John Bridge & Associates, LLC