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Unread 06-08-2021, 12:05 PM   #31
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I would not recommend an epoxy grout on a shower floor. A good quality cementitious grout would be my choice.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 06-08-2021, 02:56 PM   #32
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Thanks Jim & CX,

Why is that CX?

What would you recommend?

I would like to stick to Mapei (partly because they have been the most helpful one phone calls)

However I do have access to a good amount of products since I am close to a Floor & D├ęcor.

Mapei Ultra Color Plus FA on the shower floors & curb?

Again these are 1/8 inch & 1/16 grout joints.

However there is a bigger grout joint ~ 1/4 where the shower floor and the curb meets.

I had a lot of trouble cutting those tiles at that angle.

This is almost not noticeable to even myself when standing in the shower so ascetically it is not a problem for me.

In addition to that the only other two quirks are:

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The Dilex-EKE running along the long wall is about 1/16 off the tiles (should this be filled with caulk or grout).

This is in-between the tile and the gray plastic grout line of the Dilexe-EKE.

2.

I cut the Dilexe-EKE out along the back wall (very carefully).

There was no gap in-between the Dilexe-EKE and the tile so I did not think I was going to be able to Caulk or Grout that area.

I cut it back so when I finish the wall tiles there will be space for me to Caulk the joint between the wall and the shower floor.


I have a question just for future reference concerning movement joints along the base of a shower floor.

I have seen many videos of people grouting that space before the walls tile go in.

I would think this would have to be kept clear to allow for expansion and contraction.

Are you able to get away with that?

Can you caulk that joint before the wall tiles go in?

I have an open area around the shower base in this shower but I thought that was what is recommended. (this is behind my Dilex-EKE)

However I would like to Caulk or Grout that space to have another barrier that water would have to get through before it reaches the waterproofing layer.
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Unread 06-08-2021, 07:42 PM   #33
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A big misconception is that tile and grout are the waterproofing in a shower...they're decorative wear surfaces, not waterproofing. The shower should not leak water prior to their installation, they make it look good and wear better!

With the EKE, on the opposite of the pocket, you should leave a small gap and grout it...the visible section, underneath it, can move so what's attached to it can be rigid. https://youtu.be/L9tVlqVih7Q
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Unread 06-11-2021, 08:24 AM   #34
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Thanks Jim!

That is exactly what I was planning on doing.

I am hoping to get the rest of the tile up this weekend.

Then a week to clean before I grout.

Fingers crossed.
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Unread 06-14-2021, 06:23 AM   #35
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Moving forward slowly.

Did manage to chip a tile during cleaning.

I do not think it will be to noticeable with a tile above it and very light gray grout.

Should I try to remove and fix.

This was set less than 24 hours ago with Schluter All-Set.
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Unread 06-14-2021, 02:25 PM   #36
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Gonna be a challenge to get that tile off without hurting the Kerdi underneath it.
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Unread 06-14-2021, 02:51 PM   #37
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Dan,

I am leaving it at this point.

One thing this job is teaching me is patience.

Still don't have a great handle on that but it.

Very happy with the progress but moving slow.

Now time to pick the grout colors and types.

Thinking a very light gray (Mapei Warm Gray or Frost).

Really leaning towards Frost but since I have the profiles in the corners I don't know how that will look being darker than the rest of grout on the walls.
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Unread 06-15-2021, 06:52 PM   #38
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Here is where I stand now.

I have done a search and read a lot of the Mapei Flexcolor CQ thread. I am planning on using that for the walls but I do see some comments of it not setting up. This will not be on my shower floor.

Does anyone have any first hand experience that would steer me away from Flexcolor on the shower and bathroom walls 1/16 joint size.
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Unread 06-15-2021, 07:00 PM   #39
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I would expect to have at least a month after grouting until the bathroom is in use.

Mapei said Flexcolor can be used for a shower floor but water can not pool and it has to be slopped properly.

This will not be on my shower floor but I have still seen comments about it having issues on shower walls even after giving it a full week to fully set/cure.
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Unread 06-15-2021, 10:51 PM   #40
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Scott, can you link to those posts? From what I recall the CQ thread had generally happy people that used it on walls and floors. I don't remember reading anything about pooling.
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Cliff,

I apologize but I can not find the specific comments on the forum that I am talking to.

The pooling I mentioned came from Mapei, having to do with putting this product on a shower floor.
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Unread 06-21-2021, 12:34 PM   #42
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Any recommendations on grout color in comparison to the Schluter Classic Gray I have used on my inside corners.

I am leaning towards Warm Gray from Mapei but would like to go even lighter (Frost) if possible.

I have found in another thread someone mention the Smoke Grey (Laticrete) matches the Classic Gray profiles. (linked below)

I am concerned that is going to be to dark.

I found the Mapei to Laticrete color comparisons and it does seem like Smoke Gray matches closest with Mapei's Silver but is still close to the Warm Gray.

https://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin...r+classic+grey

Does anyone have any experience with this or is it possible to change the color of the PVC Dilexe-EKE after installation?
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Scott,
Here is the Schluter classic grey next to Laticrete smoke grey as well as the matching 100% silicone caulk you asked for via pm.
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Phil,

Thank you.

That is a nice match.
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Unread 06-28-2021, 12:34 PM   #45
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Flexcolor CQ went up extremely easy although it did take me a full day to get the walls grouted.

Kerapoxy CQ worked out great for the bathroom floor.

I am hoping to grout the shower floor and niche this upcoming weekend and the electrical will be done around the same time.

Warm Gray worked out great and matched very nicely to the inside corner profile.
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