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NZ Tilers Forum Epoxy Grouts, Adhesives And Sealers

Discussion in 'NZ Tilers Forum' started by Bob Neary, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Bob Neary

    Bob Neary Tiling Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Hi guys, what with all that's going on with my sisters epoxy grout horrors, I thought a few tips for epoxy applications might be helpful for everyone.
    Personally I havent had a lot of exp. with epoxy but I know it can be a right mission to work with.
    So horror stories and successes. Any tips and tricks. The hows and whys.
    It would be good to hear about these, so go ahead, don't be shy!!
     
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  2. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    Tip wear gloves
     
  3. DavidCarr

    DavidCarr Tiling Forum Admin Staff Member

    My tip would be to get samples of each brand available and have a play to see which one you prefer to work with. Which one mixes easiest, best to apply and which one washes off with least hassle. What works for one fixer doesn't always for the next, so try them all and hopefully find a product you feel comfortable with.
     
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  4. Bob Neary

    Bob Neary Tiling Forum Moderator Staff Member

    My Father learned the hard way. Contracted dermatitis
    However in his defense ,they were all Neanderthals back then. They had hundreds of meters of 6 inch quarries with about 10mm joints. The epoxy concept was unknown and they were the guys that pioneered the usage and safety usually the hard way.
     
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  5. Joe @ Hillhead Tiling

    Joe @ Hillhead Tiling Awesome Contributor

    Too many variations and then with certain companies changing spec without letting us tilers know doesn't help either.
    It's a case of practising IMO.
    Find one or two available and go from there.
     
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  6. Grace's Dad

    Grace's Dad Tiling Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Don't try and use in cold British weather!!!
     
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  7. ray

    ray Superb Contributor

    dont grout to much at a time. get hot water and cleaning pads and sponges ready before you start the more you change your sponge the cleaner you will get it .have at least 3 buckets of clean water ready before you start one for the pads. one for the sponge. one spare. dont use cheap sponges .as they will clog up quick and start to smear
     
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  8. Dean Nicholl

    Dean Nicholl New Contributor

    I like the look of the new Ardex epoxy, but I can't say I have ever had to use an epoxy
     
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  9. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    Not all epoxy grouts are stain proof
    worth a thought if that is why the customer wants epoxy grout
     
  10. Bob Neary

    Bob Neary Tiling Forum Moderator Staff Member

    True. Porcelain can even stain. In fact I've made the mistake of using a marker (although water based) on a tile and not being able to remove it.
    Mmm I feel a thread coming on!!
     
  11. Albert

    Albert Awesome Contributor

    Best to use a chinagraph on tiles like that Bob ;)
     
  12. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

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  13. Bob Neary

    Bob Neary Tiling Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Yep kept some in my kit after that. The best one was a job I looked at years ago that had feint markings on Some Carrara marble. Had a really close look at it and it was writing on the wall must have been a permanent marker and the ink had slowly worked its way enough so you could see it. Took it off and it was tubbed glue. Say no more!,
    Took a good look around the rest of it when joe went to work and found a few he hadn't seen. Mostly trowel marks. But quite feint.
    Put the popcorn away will ya, jay!!
     
  14. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

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  15. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    Um sealed porc would be one of the worst for staining
     
  16. Grace's Dad

    Grace's Dad Tiling Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Porcelanosa's porcelain doesn't require any sealing.
     
  17. MosaicGirl

    MosaicGirl Tiling Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Much too much fuss about epoxy!! I have used Mapei, and Litochrom
    starlike, gloves (i use surgical latex free ones now, pack of 500 or something like that) and plenty of hot, not warm water is the answer, but it's really not that hard! Mix well, apply, don't panic when it starts turning white as you wash off, that'll revert again by itself and enjoy the smooth finish. :)
     
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  18. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    pre sealed i take it or glazed
     
  19. Grace's Dad

    Grace's Dad Tiling Forum Moderator Staff Member

    Apparantly not. Just such a dense high quality that no pores are opened in the polishing.
    (I reckon they're pre-sealed though and that's just sales-speil!)
     
  20. jay

    jay Awesome Contributor

    Think you are right
     

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