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Unread 02-02-2008, 06:27 PM   #1
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LATICRETE® SpectraLOCK™ PRO Grout-question

Hello all..I've been tiling for quite a while but just recently was introduced to the Schluter Shower System..I love the system but I seem to have difficulty when it comes to the final step. Grouting with SpectraLOCK is a pain, every forum and tilesetter I speak with says they enjoy it as much as cementious grout...My biggest problem seems to be the clean-up process. Does anyone out there have any tips for grouting with this superior product easier? Much appreciated!
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Unread 02-02-2008, 06:38 PM   #2
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Hi there Custom,
The key to using SpectraLOCK is remembering that it's not at all like cement-based grout. If it starts to sag in the joints when you begin cleaning,...STOP! Wait a few more minutes and it will behave better. On walls and ceilings this is even more important. Use a light hand, very little water and patience.
Otherwise, the written directions have served me fine.
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I think using warm water helps in the cleanup, I looked and the directions don't say anything about water temp. Like Shaugnn said, be patient. When using on a wall I let it sit in the pail for a few minutes before applying. And plan on going back the next day for the vinegar step.

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matt, you wait till the next day for the final clean up? I wouldnt think the vinegar would help after 24 hours?

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This thread is loaded with great info.
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Just to get any residual stickiness off the tile(per instructions). Definitely want the grout cleaned up well before then!

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Warm water will serve to speed up the curing rate, so keep that in mind if you do that. As for clean up, there are 2 distinct washes that should be followed. One within a half an hour and a second an hour later to inspect for hazing. Also, keep in mind your sponge should be only mildly damp when you do your clean up. do not repeatedly wipe tiles with a sponge that already has been swiped. that only serves to spread the epoxy back to the face of the tiles. Use each side of the sponge once and then rinse and wring out really well. Also change your cleaning water every 40-50 sq ft or less if the sponge gets too sticky. For the final wash the use of a white scrubby or doodlebug will aid in the removal of any haze as well.
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I have found that the cleaning solution packets included with Spectralock Pro, work absolutely fantastic.

No need for vinegar anything, and the sponges hardly gum up at all.

Now, if it came with the mini units, that would be icing on the cake. Especially for the DIYer's.
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I have found Microfiber rags really help in the cleanup. If you fold them in fourths you have 8 sides to use before you have to rinse them out. Really speeds things up. Just take your time and make sure to do a good cleaning before it fully sets and you should be fine. To many people think spectralock is identical to cementious grout in cleanup in that they can wipe off the haze the next day. This will not work as once the expoy sets it is there for good.

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