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Old 12-14-2011, 03:22 PM   #16
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I've said my peace any way--no epoxy on natural stone for me---
I agree. I would never use epoxy grout on a polished stone tile for any reason. Risky risky business.

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To clarify, I'm doing porcelain tile on the walls, with polished marble tile on the floor.

Sounds like you guys do not recommend epoxy on polished marble.
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Jheeeezh! Nothing like having all the facts up front.

Here's the next thing that hasn't been mentioned so far.

Using epoxy grout on walls (now that we know it is porcelain and can be used safely) sometimes requires a third component when applying it to a vertical surface. Depends on the grout.
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Jheeeezh! Nothing like having all the facts up front.

Here's the next thing that hasn't been mentioned so far.

Using epoxy grout on walls (now that we know it is porcelain and can be used safely) sometimes requires a third component when applying it to a vertical surface. Depends on the grout.
Sorry, thought I had mentioned that

As a side note, Spectralock said their Pro and Pro Premium products are designed to stay put better on shower walls much better than the original plain SpectraLock.

So just to understand better, should we be using an unsanded grout on the floor where the polished marble is if the joint is tight?

In the shower on the walls I have a border that consists of a polished marble pencil, glass mosaic, and then a polished marble chair rail cap.

Might be better off just using a plain grout (Unsanded)? Do you recommend any of those additives to help its abilities to stay cleaner in the way epoxy does?
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A rule of thumb is that a 1/8" grout joint can take either unsanded or sanded grout. Less than 1/8" requires unsanded. Greater than 1/8" requires sanded.

Using any of todays Portland grouts doesn't necessarily require any additives. The grouts all have additives already. Adding outside chemicals may only wreck the composition of the grout and create issues you wouldn't otherwise have. Those grouts also don't require any sealer but it is a good idea to seal the grout anyway. Grout sealers are not...well here:

http://www.diychatroom.com/blogs/gro...rstandings-95/
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A rule of thumb is that a 1/8" grout joint can take either unsanded or sanded grout. Less than 1/8" requires unsanded. Greater than 1/8" requires sanded.

Using any of todays Portland grouts doesn't necessarily require any additives. The grouts all have additives already. Adding outside chemicals may only wreck the composition of the grout and create issues you wouldn't otherwise have. Those grouts also don't require any sealer but it is a good idea to seal the grout anyway. Grout sealers are not...well here:

http://www.diychatroom.com/blogs/gro...rstandings-95/
That makes good sense, thanks!

So about polished marble tile, is that a definitely unsanded, with the wall tiles (Porcelain) using sanded?
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So about polished marble tile, is that a definitely unsanded, with the wall tiles (Porcelain) using sanded?
Historically and typically, polished marble gets unsanded grout. The joints are usually 1/8" or less and unsanded grout works best. There is no "must-do" in this stuff.

Doesn't matter walls or floors.

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