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Unread 06-10-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
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tumbled mosaic random strip backsplash

Hey Guys,

Quick question...
Ill be installing a random strip tumbled marble mosaic backsplash.
Horizontal and vertical joints are tight between tiles but there are gaps etc as its a rough look...

Tile shop says I should use sanded grout... Im thinking how the heck am I going to get sanded grout into the tight spaces...

Anyone here think I should use an unsanded grout?
Also, ideas on sealing this before grout? or grout and then seal?

Here is a pic of the tile:

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Unread 06-10-2009, 02:27 PM   #2
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I'm not so sure you should even grout it at all. It looks like it has the stacked stone look. If this is for a kitchen backsplash, how much does it really get direct water? Maybe just grout the wider joints..
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Unread 06-10-2009, 02:42 PM   #3
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U are right, its very much a stacked stone look.
However there are a lot of gaps... the install I saw with this same stone was grouted...

Any other input?
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Unread 06-10-2009, 02:46 PM   #4
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Bob, the industry standard recommendation is to use sanded grout in joints 1/8th" and larger, unsanded grout in joints 1/8" and smaller.

I personally use sanded grout in all joints until they're just too small to force the stuff in there. 1/16" joints will usually take sanded grout quite readily if you are willing to work at it. Smaller than that and you most gotta go with unsanded. Some folks are known to mix sanded and unsanded for use in some applications

On a kitchen backsplash the joints will eventually get filled with something, so I'd wanna grout it for sure.

My opinion; worth price charged.

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Unread 06-10-2009, 03:19 PM   #5
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oh its not in a kitchen.. this is a laundry room backsplash
I will say, the edges of these tiles are all rounded.. so I guess grout would stick into these slight bevels? Thats how it looked like when I saw the installed sample @ the store...

So what say you guys? Should I seal before grouting?
If so, how soon after sealing can I do the grout?
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