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Old 09-03-2010, 10:25 AM   #1
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Just finished one of my first heads-up DIY tiling projects. By heads-up, I mean I did some research and talked to some people before I plunged-in.

I inspecting my joisting and all that jazz, and successfully laid some terra cotta tiles in my small kitchen. Beautiful.

But people have been coming at me with different ideas about grout, and now I'm at a loss. I'm not talking aesthetics--I know I want something darker. I'm talking about the grout itself. Sanded? Unsanded? High traffic ready/no-mix? I'm balking because I don't want to foul anything up.

I used 3/8" spacers when laying the tiles.

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But people have been coming at me with different ideas about grout, and now I'm at a loss. I'm not talking aesthetics--I know I want something darker. I'm talking about the grout itself. Sanded? Unsanded? High traffic ready/no-mix? I'm balking because I don't want to foul anything up.

I used 3/8" spacers when laying the tiles.

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I would use a darker variety of unsanded grout. Maybe start by evaluating the Mapei products.

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Who have you been asking? Are you saying someone suggested unsanded grout for your 3/8" wide joints? Oh Boy!

It has to be sanded grout, and it should come in a bag. Do not use anything pre-mixed unless there is something new which actually works that I'm not familiar with.

Depending on where you live, you may be able to find grout intended for Saltillo tiles which may be similar to what it sounds you have.

Be sure to seal it once cured and you do the final clean up. You probably be sealing the tiles too, right?

Jaz

* Sorry Vinny, I started typing before you posted. Please research if you don't know before you tell the world to use unsanded with 3/8" joints.
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* Sorry Vinny, I started typing before you posted. Please research if you don't know before you tell the world to use unsanded with 3/8" joints.
No need to apologize, JazMan. You did not offend me. We disagree, and that is OK.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I have used unsanded grout with 3/8" joints before. There have been no problems with it.

Mr. Equator, feel free to take JazMan's advice over mine if you want to. But keep in mind that my floor came out pretty good.
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I have used unsanded grout with 3/8" joints before. There have been no problems with it.

Mr. Equator, feel free to take JazMan's advice over mine if you want to. But keep in mind that my floor came out pretty good.
I assume this isn't the floor where you tiled over carpet ?
You are the 1st person I have seen to recommend unsanded grout on the floor...with a 3/8" joint
Every site I have read & every person has said sanded grout
You can always use a product for a different use & not have a problem
Does not mean its the correct way to do it
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I assume this isn't the floor where you tiled over carpet ?


I don't even want to know
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Mr. E...congrats on doing your floor with Terra Cotta. Is this the thick hand made t/c from Mexico?

OK, with 3/8 spacers, if you follow the grout manufacturers recommendations, you will see that unsanded grout is only for spacing up to 1/8". Anything 1/8" and over they suggest sanded because it is stronger.

You can seal the tiles first so that it is a little easier to clean the grout off when the time comes. Try not to get sealer on the tile edges. Some will inevitably go there.

Mapei makes an excellent grout for the purpose, and they have about 4 different shades very close to the t/c colour. Any decent tile store should carry it.

May I suggest that you look on the Mapei website - they have some really good info.

I'm presently working on installing more than 3 tons of the thick, hand made terra cotta. So I had to do quite a bit of research first.
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Thanks for all the advice, (most) everyone! I went with a sanded grout, and it came out great. The wife is very pleased.

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I assume this isn't the floor where you tiled over carpet ?
You are the 1st person I have seen to recommend unsanded grout on the floor...with a 3/8" joint
Every site I have read & every person has said sanded grout
You can always use a product for a different use & not have a problem
Does not mean its the correct way to do it
Based on what I've been reading, Vinny is responsible for a lot of "firsts" on this chatroom.
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...and that's what matters. If the wife is pleased, then everyone wins!

Can we see a pic?

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