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Old 10-23-2013, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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(Spinoff) Epoxy Grout

Why all the hate for epoxy grout in Roxy's thread? I helped grout a house where they used epoxy grout in all the dirty areas (laundry, etc) and it went fine. I made sure to only do it one little tub at a time, and I used a rubber margin trowel instead of the big one. It was definitely more of a PITA to clean; I just did it by touch. If the tile felt smooth and clean, I knew I had gotten it all.

I can definitely see that if one isn't careful, it can get away and there's a big mess left for a pro to fix. Maybe having done masonry flat work gave me a leg up?
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It's the only way to go in kitchens and restrooms. It is a bitch to clean up though. I've never done it myself but I've built a ton of commercial kitchens and the ones that have quarry tile always have epoxy grout.

I wish the previous owner of my house had sprung for it in my kitchen, or at the very least sealed the grout. What was white grout is stained yellow-brown and won't even come clean with bleach or scrubbing. I'm going to have to grind it all out and regrout it.
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Why all the hate for epoxy grout in Roxy's thread? I helped grout a house where they used epoxy grout in all the dirty areas (laundry, etc) and it went fine. I made sure to only do it one little tub at a time, and I used a rubber margin trowel instead of the big one. It was definitely more of a PITA to clean; I just did it by touch. If the tile felt smooth and clean, I knew I had gotten it all.

I can definitely see that if one isn't careful, it can get away and there's a big mess left for a pro to fix. Maybe having done masonry flat work gave me a leg up?
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The only way for a pro to 'fix it' is tear it all off and start over.

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What was white grout is stained yellow-brown and won't even come clean with bleach or scrubbing. I'm going to have to grind it all out and regrout it.
There are special strippers for that, just need to get it from a tile wholesaler not a hardware store.
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The only way for a pro to 'fix it' is tear it all off and start over.
I understand that. I just didn't find it as difficult as your advice seems to indicate. Maybe the homeowners/handypeople I've been around are above average as well.

I'm genuinely curious, and having worked in the building trades (masonry), am always interested in a good train wreck story.
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I used it in my bathroom and I have to say now that I've used it I won't use anything else. A vinegar and water mixture cleans the tiles nice. You just have to be sure to keep rinsing your sponge. It can get sticky but overall it's just a better product.
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We just finished two bathroom remodels, and the tile guys used epoxy grout, stuff works great.

I was talking to one of the tile guys, and he said it's the best stuff to ever hit the market, no mixing, easy to clean, saves time.

There were a few spots on the tile where some grout didn't wipe off, showed it too the tile guy, and he scrapped it right off with a razor blade, said if I find anymore to just scrape it with a blade.


Best part was, the dipshits designing one of the bathroom forgot to add a floor drain, and the project manager didn't care enough to inspect the plans, so after the tile guy was finished I said "where's the drain?" he said "wasn't on the plans" so I did some calling, got the project manager in there, he had an oh shit moment, forcing the tile guy to comeback 3 days later and bust out 4 tiles so the plumbers could add a drain, and even with all the hammering, and the not so great subfloor, NON of the grout cracked.
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other than taking about 10 times as long to do, epoxy grout is great.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I used it in our kitchen, Other than being suprised at how little is actually in the small tubs I liked it. We cut auto body filler spreaders for body filler in half instead of a trowel. Made cleanup alot easier since I was able to keep it pretty close to the grout lines. Lots of sponges and rotate them out frequently.
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These anecdotes are my experience as well.
ChaseYJ, HighLuxx what are your horror stories that make you suggest eschewing it?
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I used it in the tub and shower, once you get used to the really short working time it wasn't hard to deal with. Can't beat the finished result.
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no mixing, easy to clean, saves time.
No mixing? How do you have an epoxy grout without mixing?
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