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Old 03-31-2020, 11:23 AM   #1
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Default Tile grout expert opinion needed

Lots of options for tile grout so coming here for expert opinion from the guys in the business. I am having a guy install a 5' x 3' shower that is going to be large (4"x 12") subway tile on the wall with white penny tile on the shower floor. Which grout would you recommend for these applications?

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Old 03-31-2020, 04:24 PM   #2
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Old 03-31-2020, 04:42 PM   #3
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Iím 99% sure this one was ďlight smokeĒ. Iíll text owner and see if she remembers
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Old 03-31-2020, 05:12 PM   #4
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Possibly pewter... I’ve used both a bit on white
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Old 03-31-2020, 06:17 PM   #5
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second the pewter.
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Whatever you do, get the kind of grout that you don’t have to seal.
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It was pewter
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I'd go with a urethane grout
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Old 03-31-2020, 08:06 PM   #9
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I'd rip out the tile and put in marble. I hated the tile and grout problems on our floors. BTW, I'm not in the business.
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Old 03-31-2020, 08:22 PM   #10
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LF I like that!!!

Should I use sanded or unsanded grout or maybe even an epoxy gout?
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Old 03-31-2020, 08:33 PM   #11
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Fusion Pro (Custom) is a little difficult to work with but have had good results with a lot of showers and no failures. Laticrete has a similar product as does Mapei (maybe Flexcolor CQ) that I've used with good results as well. Both Custom and Mapei have the most common color charts that are similar with different names. Oyster or Delorean are very common right now with white subway though.
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Iíve been using this lately

Between sanded and unsanded I always recommend sanded and 1/8Ē - 3/16Ē
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I used the same type of grout here. The lines in main tile were 3/16, and in back of niche were 1/16. It did a great job. Makes nice lines, and easy to work with and clean (from what I can tell so far)
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:52 AM   #14
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At first I was dead set on using fusion pro but started reading way too many bad reviews. I know epoxy if harder to install and not sure my tile guy will even do it. May just stick with sanded grout. What is the best brand of sanded grout? Read lots of reviews about grout yellowing/changing colors over time?

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I would look into LATICRETE permacolor select. Or one of their epoxy grouts such as spectralock pro. Both are excellent products.

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Old 04-01-2020, 10:45 AM   #16
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I would look into LATICRETE permacolor select. Or one of their epoxy grouts such as spectralock pro. Both are excellent products.
Laticrete seems to get very good reviews. I know I should use sanded grout on the floor but would I use unsanded on the subway tiles on the walls? We will use very thin grout lines.
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Laticrete seems to get very good reviews. I know I should use sanded grout on the floor but would I use unsanded on the subway tiles on the walls? We will use very thin grout lines.
Use the stuff I posted on walls IF GOING 1/8Ē or smaller.

I donít recommend going smaller unless your buying high end and rectified tile (most donít and have never seen it). It will ensure you keep things straight.... cause Iíll promise, most tile ainít: straight, square, or flat
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Wall grout really is maintenance free unless you have hard water.
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The permacolor select grout I mentioned will do joints 1/16” and up.
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1. Laticrete SpectraLock Pro, 2. Laticrete Pemacolor, or Custom Building Products Prism
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1. Laticrete SpectraLock Pro, 2. Laticrete Pemacolor, or Custom Building Products Prism
Prism seems to be a good one too! Thanks for all the advice!
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Old 04-06-2020, 07:50 AM   #22
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Here is exactly what we are using.

Wall tile-
https://www.tileshop.com/products/bu...x-12-in-494332

Shampoo box inlay-
https://tilebar.com/nabi-harlequin-a...amic-tile.html

Penny floor tile-
https://www.tileshop.com/products/pe...ic-tile-615814
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Will look nice. Lowe’s has that tile and blows the door of their price. As modern look as your going for I recommend trimming out in “rondike” vs old school bull nose
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Probably spelled wrong. But you can get several metal finishes and a white pvc. Different profiles too
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