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Unread 03-30-2021, 09:55 AM   #1
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Recommendations on grout type and brand for kitchen backsplash

I'm doing a smooth 3x6" subway tile over granite counters in the kitchen. Was thinking of going with a plain white grout but I did a mock-up and it disappears. Now I'm thinking of going greyish and maybe tying in wall or counter color with the grayness to make it pop a little more. Anyway, what kind of grout should I use? I've tiled a shower before and had good results with SpectraLock Epoxy grout. But I was thinking of something a little easier and it looks like Lowes doesn't carry it anymore and there are more and more 1-part options like Mapei-FlexColor and FusionPro. Anyway, I want something that is going to be color consistent as the number one requirement. What do folks recommend these days for a kitchen backsplash grout brand/type over glossy white ceramic subway tile?

Oh, the joint width is 1/8"
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Unread 03-31-2021, 04:27 PM   #2
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Hi Jeff,

Either of the one-part products you mention will work well.
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Unread 03-31-2021, 04:45 PM   #3
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I'd use the Flexcolor before the Fusion.
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Unread 03-31-2021, 09:13 PM   #4
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Attached are the pics. I tried a white grout and it made it look like a cheap plastic shower insert. So then we got some Mapei ultracolor plus FA in warm gray. The grey grout is still wet in this photo, it should get lighter.. I’m thinking the Mapei FlexColor CQ is what we are planning to go with at this point..
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Jeff, I used Fusion Pro about five years or so ago when it was new on the market on 6x3 glazed white tiles on a kitchen backsplash and it worked out quite well. It was a white on white installation. I've seen it recently and it still looks new. I'd not be afraid to use it in your application.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Yep, the Fusion Pro is an excellent choice as is the Flexcolor CQ. Used both with great results although, if pressed, I would have to give the nod to the CQ.

At a better price point, the Prism grout is also quite good.
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Attached are the pics. I tried a white grout and it made it look like a cheap plastic shower insert
Yep, that's why I went with a clear galss with white backing subway tile instead of a galzed tile in the kitchen and other places - keep bright white grout without that look you describe. The white-backed glass adds depth so white grout does not appear to fall in the same plane like a glazed tile and same color grout.
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Dry grout sample

Here is the same sample after it dries and against the countertop..
Again this is the 6 dollar sample of Mapei “ultra color plus FA” in Warm Gray..
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Can't see the attachment. I am currently torn on using ultracolor FA or flexcolor CQ. I'm new at grouting and was leaning toward the flexcolor as it is a lot more forgiving/longer working time but it's also a lot more expensive.
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Photo attached. Pro tip make sure your phone is not upside down because the forum photo handler can’t use IMU meta-data apparently..
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Now we are trying to decide between the warm gray and something darker.. Did it look better when it was wet? What do you think?
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I think it looks better dry. Jumps out at you less, and it more accents the tile instead of being the main thing your eye goes to.
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Zootjeff, photo in post #10 is that Flexcolor CQ?

I just did my floor using Flexcolor CQ and absolutely loved it. Very consistent color once dry thanks to the aggregate supplying the color.
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Unread 04-01-2021, 07:52 PM   #14
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Post #10 is still the standard water mix ultra color plus. They carry 3 colors at Lowe’s in the 6$ tubs. This is the Warm Grey. We are thinking it might be too light or it might be too purple. Considering the colors: pewter, or iron, maybe silver (all Mapei colors..) trying to consider wall color and countertop color. We have a lot of green coming in from the outdoors to so trying to sort it all out and not descend into madness..
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Thinking of going Pewter

My wife and I are still hashing out the grout options..We feel that the warm grey turns too pink, washes out to just white from afar, and is just too light.

We are liking pewter because it goes green/brown for the undertone, not too dark or light, goes well with our 90’s granite counters..

We also looked at Iron, it is a good grey but too dark.
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