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Lonidier 07-17-2008 09:08 AM

Replacing wrong color grout - 900 SF of tile
I just had 900 SF of 18" porcelain tile installed and they used the wrong color grout. It is bright white and was supposed to be light tan (Tec - pearl), which is very similar in color to the tile. I wanted the grout to blend with the tile for a uniform look, but instead it looks like a checkerboard. Is it possible/practical to grind out the existing grout and re-grout with the correct color? The same problem occured on the kitchen backsplash as well. Thank you.

angus242 07-17-2008 09:15 AM

Lonidier, that's A LOT of grout to remove. It's a very messy job. I'd vote a big NO for that choice (unless the contractor will do it at no charge) :no:

A less costly and messy solution would be a grout colorant. It's like staining the grout:

Lonidier 07-17-2008 09:22 AM

wrong color grout
Thanks for your reply. Are the grout colorants permanent, or do they need to be re-applied periodically? I have not made the final payment to the tile company yet.

angus242 07-17-2008 09:26 AM

It's as permanent as it can get. Grout on a floor will get dirty but the color itself shouldn't fade. Actually, the colorant acts as a sealant to the grout itself. It's not a bad option.

Before you make any decision, talk with the contractor to see what they offer as a solution.

Lonidier 07-17-2008 09:27 AM

wrong grout color - one more thing
Forgot to mention - I already sealed the grout, using Aqua Mix Sealers Choice Gold. Would that prevent the grout colorant from working?

Bud Cline 07-17-2008 04:50 PM

Hand it back to the contractor and let him correct the problem if it is his mistake. Once the grout is sealed a topical colorant will probably be required.:)

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