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Unread 10-22-2015, 04:40 AM   #1
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Best and Durable Grout for Kitchen Backsplash

We are having installed Pratt & Larson 45 Watercolor tiles in our kitchen backsplash. The tiles are 3 x 6 inches and are a handmade crackle glass.

I want to make sure our installer uses a good grout that will hold up for years of use. Especially in areas around the sink and range that will get splatters and thus be cleaned frequently.

I am looking for recommendations on the right tile grout to use and also the best grout line spacing.


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I used SpectraLock http://www.spectralock.com/ on my backsplash (and shower). It's an epoxy grout so you don't need to worry about staining. However its a sanded grout so need to check with your tile manufacturer to make sure it won't scratch the glass, and it requires a minimum grout joint of 1/8".

The instructions (that I found) say you must seal these tiles before grouting with a penetrating silicone sealer before and after grouting, and that a sanded grout is recommended. http://prattandlarson.com/wp-content...Chart-2015.pdf
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The finish on that type of tile means more nooks and crannies for crud to accumulate, making it harder to keep them perfectly clean in a greasy environment. Maybe that the type of grout you use may be the lesser of the two evils! An acrylic, ready to install grout or epoxy would stand up to that environment better than any cement based one.
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I will second, third, and fourth the suggestion that you MUST seal your tiles well BEFORE you grout so that the cracks of the crackle finish don't take in the grout. I don't care at all for silicone sealers. That's kinna funny that the manufacturer recommends a silicone sealer because it's relatively antiquated compared to 99% of the other sealers available. A good sealer is going to be relatively expensive. But cheap compared to the cost of the project. Whatever you use, TEST ahead of time to make sure it's compatible.

For that same reason, epoxy may be a very poor choice. If the resin gets into the cracks of the crackle finish, it's got the potential to permanently stain the cracks something fierce and you'll be looking at a total rip-out and re-do.

Whatever grout you're considering, PERFORM A TEST with the grout on some scrap tiles that you've sealed at least a day ahead of time. I'd suggest a small mock up of some tiles on a piece of ply or drywall to make it easy to perform. Do not test on your actual backsplash.

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Some tile really only looks good in a showroom...some are just not a great choice for the real world.
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