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Unread 10-23-2014, 08:01 PM   #1
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Laticrete New Products: Permacolor Select and Plasma Grout

Teaser alert!

I'm currently at a Laticrete training session, and they gave us a preview of some new products. Can't say more until Monday, but they look very promising. Actual availability is probably mid-January 2015. More on Monday after their weekend reveal and official release.

Stay tuned...
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Unread 10-23-2014, 08:18 PM   #2
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New urethane'ish grout I'm sure... err.. guessing.

Other than that, I think we're all still waiting on the hydroban board.
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Unread 10-23-2014, 08:24 PM   #3
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There still fine-tuning the HydroBan board and getting things ready for the release.

But yes. Some have tested the new grout and it's pretty nice. It's a single component grout.
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Unread 10-23-2014, 08:52 PM   #4
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Its not a teaser when many guys in the field have already known about the new products for a while.

Say "hi" to Rampino.
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Unread 10-23-2014, 10:17 PM   #5
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I heard the new products are Laticrete Soap on a rope and a glitter additive to thinset. But the above sound good too.
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Unread 10-23-2014, 10:32 PM   #6
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The grout glitter additive they've had available for most of ten years that I know of, Kevin.
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Let's not forget the luminescent additive.
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Unread 10-24-2014, 02:37 PM   #8
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Waterproofing thinset and grout !?!? Three steps in one bag.
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Unread 10-24-2014, 03:20 PM   #9
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Have they finally worked out a deal with Elmo and releasing, "helper in a bag"?
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Unread 10-24-2014, 03:39 PM   #10
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One product that has been around for at least awhile that I, anyways, had not heard about is their 125 sound mat/crack isolation mortar. It contains 30% recycled, chopped up rubber, in a Portland cement mixture that meets all of the requirements for a crack isolation membrane that you get with just using the product. Holds tile down really well (but does take a FULL 24-hours to get hard) and has some varying amounts of sound attenuation depending on how big your notches are. To get the max sound attenuation benefit, you have to use a 1/2" U-notched trowel, and backbutter each tile. But, if you do that, you can meet some fairly stringent sound control measures often imposed in condos, high-rises, and similar structures all just by one product while thinsetting your tile down. It comes in the same sized bag as 50# of 'normal' thinset, but it only weighs 25#. Coverage would depend on the amount of sound attenuation you want (i.e., thickness, as with any thinset).

I know that I, and pretty much everyone I know of, are mispronouncing Laticrete. It originally was intended to be a shortened latex (additive to con) crete. So the 'A' is pronounced like lAtex, and not cAt. They'll be glad to sell it to you regardless of how you pronounce it, though.

I do not know if people realized that they'll make a linear drain pretty much any size that you want and with any finish. Depending on how complicated it is, it may take at least a couple of weeks. They recently made a 23' one for a spa in NYC. The max length of the grate is 8', though, so you can actually lift one and not have it twist (especially if you chose a tile-in version), but you can have multiples on the drain. They can also put the outlet anywhere along it or out an end, or have multiples, if it makes your life easier. They also made a gold plated one for a prince in Saudi. All depends on what you want, and how much you're willing to pay. But, if you have a weird job, they can accommodate you.

Anyway, may have some more when I go over my notes, and will mention those new product(s?) after the delay they asked for, on Monday.
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Yep, I forgot to mention that Dave. The glitter in the thin set is supposed to be luminescent – glow-in-the-dark. A real plus. But I also heard that they've added flavors to the thin set. I hope they have banana pineapple. That's one of my favorites. And lastly for the installer - I understand they've finally come up with some crack isolation Carhart pants. That'll be a big help in customer relations
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That glow in the dark stuff works. Cool stuff!
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Ohh darn no fun
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It was great fun...I liked it....but would have lit a firestorm....Have they got they sprayer corrected at the board plant yet? New 4XLT???

The 125's cool stuff it's also crazy$$$
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Okay, some of you may know about the new products, but here they are for the rest of you.

A new one part grout. They call it a hybrid. It gets much harder, faster than the others out there.

The second one is new more in the implementation than the product itself. Picture the grout in the conventional package, but without the pigment. Stock one base, sort of like when you go to the paint store, and a package of pigment that is in a self-dissolving packet. Then, picture having a packet that matches most of the big names of other brands on the market. IOW, you can match nearly any grout color out there with only one base, and a base that you know. The color packets are inexpensive and have a two year shelf life. The base, as most cement products, is one year. But, since you can make any color, and the color packets last longer, you can have a bunch of colors on hand, and not have much tied up in inventory. Packaging currently planned is 12.5 and 25 pound packages. Color packets, one per 12.5 ponds. Trying to mix less than 12.5 pound increments would be risky, since it would be hard to divide a color pack. The packet of pigment dissolves in the mixing water otherwise, it would be sort of like toner from a copier...really messy.
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