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Unread 03-23-2020, 10:49 AM   #1
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Haze/Grout release

I am a DIYer and have lurked on these forums for a few years and have taken away a lot of good advice. Thanks for all you guys contribute and share.

I thought I would post my questions here since it pertains to Flexcolor CQ. I used Flexcolor CQ about 3 years ago in a bathroom remodel and was satisfied overall but it did leave a slight haze on some of the tile. I did a good job of cleaning while I grouted per the directions but still had a little hase. At that time I used a sealer on the tile before grouting to minimize the grout removal issues. The tile was a polished Travertine.

Now I am doing a kitchen backsplash, once again using polished Travertine (what can I say, my wife loves the look). The tiles are 2x4 on 12 inch sheets with about a 3/32" space. I am planning on using the Flexcolor CQ again because I believe the epoxy grout will be superior for the kitchen. My concern is the slight haze. From reading the Mapei site and these forums, I am considering/planning on using a grout release.

My questions are these -

- What are the experiences of using a grout release with Flexcolor CQ? Any issues I should be aware of before I do this?
- Any product that is better than others? I would probably use the Mapei product assuming it would work the best with Mapei grout but that is an assumption.
- Right now as I understand the process, I would apply the grout release, grout and clean, use haze remover if necessary, then seal enhance. Comments?

Thanks for your help.
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Unread 03-23-2020, 11:43 AM   #2
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Welcome back, Chuck.

You'll do better with your own project thread rather than asking your project questions on a technical product-specific thread.

1. I have used a grout release with the similar Custom Fusion Pro single component grout on honed Travertine and it worked quite well. I've not used it with the Flexcolor CQ, but I find the grouts quite similar and would expect the results to be similar as well. Keep in mind that with a polished stone you may have some surprising results with that, or any other grout and it's best to do a test board using your tile and your grout and your grout release, if any.

2. I would also lean toward a MAPEI product for the grout release when using their grout. I don't recall the name of their product.

3. If you plan to enhance the stone, I would strongly recommend you contact MAPEI's technical service people before you go any further. I would think the enhancing would wanna be done before grouting, but they may have a different plan.

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Thanks for your reply and advice. I did call Mapei and they were were very helpful. I will pass along some of what they told me. The grout release is not necessary if you are sealing since it is another sealer (it won't hurt anything). I should seal it first(use a water based sealer), then grout.

They also said to use original Windex with ammonia to clean up the haze. Here is their directions for that.

"If a slight film or residue appears on the surface of the tiles, within 24 hours you can use Windex with Ammonia, the ORIGINAL Formula, and a white scrub pad. This cleaning method will typically remove the acrylic haze or residue off the surface of your tiles."

This is specific to Flexcolor CQ grout.
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Thanks, Chuck. I'd not heard that MAPEI recommendation for Windex before and will try to remember it for later, although people my age are not noted for their memory capability.

We've known for a long time that their tech services phone line is very useful.

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