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Unread 02-04-2020, 01:54 PM   #1
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Remove old grout sealer before new color/seal?

New home. 'Tract' builder. The wrong color grout was used on our master bathroom floor by the subcontractor. We accepted it, since the color was just a shade or two darker than the desired color and looked okay. (The same tile is actually on the shower wall, and the correct color was used there.)
Just after move-in, we had all of the floors in the house sealed by a professional tile company.
Fast forward...we just had grout cracks repaired as part of 12 month warranty repairs. Well...the tile company warranty department used the correct (original desired) color grout for the repairs on the master bathroom floor. So, now we have two colors of grout on the floor --- the original, incorrect, darker color that is sealed, and the new, correct, lighter color that is not sealed.
The tile company warranty group is now planning to come and apply a "color and seal" to the entire bathroom floor in what should have been the original (correct) color to make it uniform.
MY Question(s): Since the original grout has been sealed, do they need to remove/strip the sealer before applying the new color and seal product? If so, what is the correct process for removal of the old sealer to insure the new color and seal is actually absorbed and lasts? I really don't want to have peeling color to deal with down the road after the builder and warranty is gone.
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I think the best way to get the correct answer is to find out what sealer was used on the grout. Do you know which grout stain they plan to use?
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Aquamix Professional Sealer's Choice Gold. Not sure what color sealer they plan to use.
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Hi Patti,

I think the color product they'll use is probably a solid color (like a paint) that is topical. It should make all the grout the same. Be sure to jot down the name of the product and the right color so you can get more of it in the future. You may need it for touch-up, and topical products can wear through in time.
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