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Friday, October 26, 2007

Review #3 - Epoxy Grout - Must Have

I am rating epoxy grout a 5 (must have) for the kitchen. We have had it in the counter-top joints for over six months, with absoultely no staining or other problems. It looks the same as the first day it was installed.


We used it both on the granite counter and in the backsplash.
Here are my "cons" about epoxy grout.
  • Expensive. We probably spent a total of $75 to do everything. But you don't have to spend money on sealers, cleaners, etc. Also, all your hard work stays looking good.

  • A bit hard to work with. If you have never grouted before, this is not the place to start. It hardens pretty fast, and can't be cut with water to give you more time. That being said, its not that much more difficult to get it into the joints.

  • Not sold in many places. Lowes carries SpectraLock.


Things you should remember if you use it:

  • Use a drop cloth - it sticks to everything. Also, mask off areas you want to protect.

  • Work the grout in with a rubber float. A stick, sponge or rag doesn't seem to work very well.

  • Have a helper who can do the cleaning while you are continuing to grout

  • You can a mix it a little "wet" (less sand) as described in the instructions, I suggest you do it. It extends the open time.

  • You can mix sand colors to get exactly what you want. The sand is the cheap part.

  • Keep your joints small (1/8" max), or it will cost you an arm and a leg.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the tips. I am saving them for our
future bathroom remodel. Someday we will get that
bathroom done!

Julie in NJ

Ken Esposito said...

That was an excellent article about working with epoxy, although as someone who works with it for a living you might want to add that you should probably ventilate your work area thoroughly as the fumes from epoxies can be quite harsh.