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Unread 05-02-2003, 11:44 AM   #1
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Angry white tiles + snow white grout = pink tiles ?????

HELP !!!!!!!

After weeks of preparation and hard work, I have finally just grouted my once-beautiful white and black tile bath. After applying the grout, the tiles have appeared to turn PINK !!!!!

My first thought was that I was wearing a bright red shirt and the color must just be reflecting, so I immediately took off the shirt (yes, nude tiling adds an interesting twist). To my dismay, the tiles were still PINK.

After rinsing the grout many, many times, the color is not so noticable, but it is still there. The tiles are the standard 6x6 white wall tiles (from Home Depot) and the grout is snow white custom, non-sanded (also from home depot). I used a standard grout float (admitedly, the cheapest one, but still ...).

Any ideas of what caused this and HOW TO TURN THEM BACK TO WHITE ??? Should I buy some special cleaner?

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Unread 05-02-2003, 01:00 PM   #2
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Keifer,

Wait for others to get some depth on this answer, but have you tried Custom's tech support? They are in CA, so you have a few hours left to get them.

Sulfamic acid may be a good method to remove any residue that may be causing this coloration. It is available as a powder most everywhere.

Good luck...
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Unread 05-02-2003, 02:06 PM   #3
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Are they dry yet? mebbe they show a tint when moist.
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Unread 05-02-2003, 06:15 PM   #4
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My first question would be What did you use to set the tile??

Let me guess,some type of Mastic?
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Unread 05-02-2003, 06:45 PM   #5
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Is the tile body red clay or white?....did you wipe down the walls with a red towel or anything like that?
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Unread 05-02-2003, 07:00 PM   #6
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No, I did NOT use mastic ... I do my research and I know the rules! I used white versabond thinset. Didn't use any red towels either. Oh ya, and the tiles are plain white body clay.

I talked to custom tech support and they suggested I wipe down with the tilelab heavy duty cleaner/stripper so I'm going to do that first thing in the morning. I sure hope it works.

I still really want to know what happened but the guy at custom said there is no way the grout did it.
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Unread 05-02-2003, 07:13 PM   #7
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Did you mix your grout in a red bucket ???? I had a blue bucket that "bled" on my white grout once.

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Unread 05-02-2003, 08:18 PM   #8
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Some brands of white tile aren't very white and isn't noticeable until you get the snow white grout next to it. I have used Florida F1 white in one of my baths and it isn't as white as the white grout.
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Unread 05-03-2003, 05:30 AM   #9
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Didnt mean to swear at you Kiefer OK No mastic!! Good!!
Ive used that same Florida and it has a pink cast next to brite white grout especially in flourecant lighting.
If the tile cleaner does not take care of the problem i would reccomend a test board about 18" square.set some tiles and grout with a light grey grout.see if the pink cast dissapears in your lighting.If so a grout stain may save the day. Just a thought in the event the cleaner doesnt change things.Good Luck and I hope the cleaner works for you.Let us Know OK
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Unread 05-03-2003, 02:34 PM   #10
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Well, after much scrubbing and rubbing today, I have removed most of the grout haze (that tilelab stuff didn't really make it any easier). The pink color faded a bit as I removed the haze, but it's still there.

I think you guys are absolutely right - the tile color just appears to have changed, since the grout is so white (by the way, the grout does not match the color on the box ... I purposely bought this color of grout so that it would NOT be brighter than the tiles, oh well).

So ... I'm going to take up your suggestion of looking into grout stain. I will do my research and see if it's worth the trouble. It really isn't that noticable, my husband thinks I'm taking this all to seriously ... but I figure if I've gone this far, I might as well see it through to it's perfect end!

thanks for all the suggestions - i'll let you know about the stain.
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Unread 05-03-2003, 02:54 PM   #11
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Ok

You removed most of the haze? And as this haze was being removed the pink was fading? So does this mean there is, or might be, some haze left on the tiles? What Tile Lab product did you use that did not help you out much?

Grout Stains & Colorants will work, no doubt about it, but I always like to save them for when nothing else will work. Is this a tile shower, or just a bath. I cant recommend a stain or colorant in a shower due to vapor transmission issues, but if it is just a bath you can get away with it.

We still might be able to attack this with something other than a colorant.
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Unread 05-03-2003, 05:31 PM   #12
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All the haze needs to be cleaned off or a colorant will just stain the haze and look worse. I agree about not using a colorant unless You have to.
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Unread 05-04-2003, 07:13 AM   #13
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Nude tiling. Geez.



I think you are seeing the color of the tiles. I would chill out a little. Are they shiny when you dust them off? If so, you're done. Seal the tile and grout. Find a jug of wine somewhere . . . ., not pink, though.

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Unread 05-04-2003, 09:50 AM   #14
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Where are the pictures when we need them?
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Unread 05-04-2003, 09:53 AM   #15
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Hopefully better pictures than mine

Its my scanner honest it just wont do what i want.
OK done whining
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