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Old 06-28-2009, 01:18 AM   #1
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color caulk to use, and caulk or grout first?

Hi- I'm a newbie, working on my second tiling project. Just a simple bathroom backsplash but have a couple of questions.

1. The countertop is a fairly light colored marble (bottocino) and the backsplash tiles are rainforest green marble (I've also seen it called amazon green). My groutlines are 1/16", and I bought Custom brand "moss" non-sanded grout. Problem is, I have since learned that there is no "moss" colored caulk. So should I use something clear? Something to match the coutertop? The space between the counter and tiles is just over 1/16th inch, but less than 1/8th (I used shim shaped spacers)

2. Should I caulk between the counter and tiles first, to ensure that that space does not get grout in it?


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Old 06-28-2009, 02:19 AM   #2
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I don't like the look of clear caulk used between tile. I would try to get something that blends in with the countertop. I usually grout first, then just clean out any grout that got in the joint were the caulk will go.
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I would call around to a Dal tile or two to see if they have Moss caulk. I think I've used it before but it has been a while.

I do it in the same order as Gregg, grout first, then caulk but you can do the caulking first.

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Old 06-28-2009, 08:04 PM   #4
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Thank you both. I did check Custom's website, and a fairly helpful guy at 'the big box store' called their supplier, but no moss caulk. I considered trying another brand, but unless it is an exact match, I think I'm better off matching the counter. Thanks!

How long should one wait between laying tile and grouting? I'd love to get this done tonight......
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If you haven't finished it already, you're good to go now. Most manufacturers usually recommend waiting 16-24 hours, minimum.

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Old 06-29-2009, 10:38 PM   #6
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Thanks. I realized last night that as eager as I was, I had not applied sealer yet, so did that last night, again this morning, then grouted this afternoon. I have to hand it to you pros- tiling is too much darned work! The tiling part is fun, but that grouting business is just tedious...... This was a really little job, so it was mostly still fun.

Here's photos.....as I said, really small project, mostly a cosmetic makeover, but almost finished. (No floor yet)



Thanks for your help!!!!!!

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That backsplash looks sharp Anne. Nice way to dress up that tub surround as well.
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