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Old 04-17-2019, 08:19 AM   #1
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grout to use with glossy white tile?

I am installing glossy white tile with 1/8" grout lines. Although 1/8" should have sanded grout I have received advice on both sides, to use sanded and unsanded. I am concerned about scratching the glossy surface of the tiles. I also intend to use light grey color. What do you guys think?
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What is the application?
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The tiles are for a shower. The tiles are 12" X 24" glossy, set with unmodified thinset over kerdi.
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And by glossy, do you mean they are glazed tiles or perhaps polished porcelain tiles? Gonna affect your decision.

I might have suggested one of the newer single-component grouts, such as Flexcolor CQ from MAPEI or Fusion Pro from Custom, but if you have polished porcelain that could be a problem. Both those grouts are indicated for joint widths from 1/16th" to 1/2" as I recall and you would have no problem with either in 1/8th" grout joints. It handles a bit differently than cementitious grouts, but the learning curve is not steep if you'll just read the directions.

We've had reports of problems with grout of that type on shower floors, but I know of no such reports on shower walls.

That said, I'd still want to use a cementitious grout in a shower and my choice would be a sanded grout after I tested said grout on a spare tile and found that it did not damage the surface. Some of the newer cementitious grouts have finer and more rounded sand in them and don't tend to harm tile surfaces much at all.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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The tile is glossy porcelain. I see it used all the time but I never bothered the check the grout. I will test a sample of the grout on some tile see if it scratches, the tile looks so nice would hate to damage it.
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We use Flexcolor CQ on glossy subway tiles all the time with no troubles.
Like CX mentioned, premixed grouts do apply differently than traditional cement grouts. Be sure to read over the instructions on the bucket and our online literature carefully before starting.

Also, good call on the mock-up. That will tell you all you need to know!
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And by glossy, do you mean they are glazed tiles or perhaps polished porcelain tiles? Gonna affect your decision.
Again, what have you got?
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polished porcelain tiles. SPEC 22 Carrara glossy.
I may try that new premixed stuff. Where is it sold at?
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A link to the tile in question would be helpful.

I recommend you peruse this thread before you make a final decision.
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