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Unread 07-24-2003, 08:02 PM   #1
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Dear Brethren of the trade,

I have a job I'm pondering to take or not. It's a
kitchen floor to a resturant. Some spots by the dishwashing
area are desperate for grout, (washed out). Other places are
just plain filthy. The Manager said that the main office wants the
floor cleaned and regrouted. Well, as soon as I walked in the
room I darn near turned around and walked out. I don't know
any tile guys that jump for joy to clean and regrout a floor. It looks like epoxy grout was not used which I thought was odd.
So my question is on epoxy grout, I've been reading a lot on this
Spectra lock, never used it before. I have used the 50% 50% resin 2 part on a winery floor. "Nasty!!" I'm thinking that
I can get away with regrouting over the floor after a good steam
cleaning with proper dry time. Do you think it safe to skim epoxy
grout over receeded grout joints. And what is your opinion on the
Spectra lock on a commercial grade floor as opposed to the 2 part
mix.

All advice other than "run" is appreciated..

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Unread 07-24-2003, 09:24 PM   #2
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Unread 07-24-2003, 09:47 PM   #3
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How much time do you have, to degrease, clean..clean again...let dry, before they want the kitchen back?
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Unread 07-25-2003, 06:01 AM   #4
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Hi Rodell

I've used a lot of Spectralock in the past few months, and can give you some tips on using it. I don't think it is the best choice for this job, though. SP 100 or the commercial grade epoxy (Latapoxy 2000) would be much better.
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Unread 07-25-2003, 02:18 PM   #6
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Bri: I'm figuring this job to take a few days to complete.
I will have an 8 hour window to get work done, so i'm figuring that
I'll complete it in a series of 3 to 4 days. The first day completely
concentrate on cleaning the floor and the next day do a general
cleaning and begin grouting. But I'm still concerned about
"skimming epoxy grout over receeded joints. Is that acceptable?
Will it work?

Rob: So you wouldn't recomend the Spectra lock on this floor?
I just picked up a sample chip clip and am impressed with the
color selection. The color that I need is like #36 copper beach
on the Spectra Lock. Does Latapoxy 2000 come in such color?
Also do you need to use hot water to wipe down Spectra lock?


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Hi Rodell,

One bretheren's experience with restaurants.

You can't do a proper job on a commercial kitchen floor without shutting the place down for about four days, and no restaurant operator I've ever run into will allow that. I quit even going to have a look about ten years ago.

I would turn around and dee-dee-mau on outa there.
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Unread 07-25-2003, 04:44 PM   #8
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Hi Rodell


All the colors on that chip clip from laticrete should be available in all the cement grouts and all the epoxies. I saw my Lat rep today and he confirmed that the 2000 is what you need-quicker set time, much more chemical resistance, etc. Spectralock is a no-no for a commercial kitchen.

Did you get my email with his phone number?

I don't use hot water to clean up Spectralock; instead, I use a bit of Cascade in water for final clean up and rinse. Works great, no epoxy film left on the floor.
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