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Old 02-23-2010, 03:02 PM   #16
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Lily,

After 7 days you are good to go for all tile types and wet or dry area applications.

Definitely due an internet search on "trucolor" which will lead you to the Bostik website and install video.

The video will indicate "grout 8-10 feet" then clean, I recommend about 3 feet at a time.

When cleaning, wring as much water as humanly possible out of the white scrub pad and/or good quality sponge and change your rinse water frequently.

The dilex product is a great alternative to traditional joint caulking, if you have it in your budget, go for it.

The shelf inserts or "niches" are available from different manufacturer and can be found with from on-line retailers. Another internet search of "pre-formed shower niches" will get steer you in the right direction.

hope this helps!

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Old 02-23-2010, 03:29 PM   #17
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Thanks so much! We are picking out tile this afternoon, then the showerhead/system. I googled what you said and have found what I need.
I already have the Schluter shower system with the tray and drain for the bottom, and the unmodified mortar.
I am optomistic about the results and excited to get started. I'm sure I'll be back here for help at some point, but at least I know you are out there!!
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:22 PM   #18
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I distribute and install TruColor.
Gotthegoods, thanks for your posts. I have purchased a $90 bucket of bone colored TruColor urethane grout to use on a kitchen island with 18x18 tiles. The flexibility seems like a real plus, especially if the plywood substrate expands. In Florida humidity that's a real possibility. I thought all was go until I looked at the plastic chip samples and from them the grout looks like it has a very sanded appearance. Since you've used the product (or any other users if you can help) how sandy will it look when used with shiny marble tiles with 1/16 inch group lines? Thanks.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:10 PM   #19
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Hi everybody,

I need some advice on Trucolor by Bostic grout. I used it in around the tub and now can not get rid off the haze. I spent 2 days cleaning with KrudKutter and still have spots with haze. What to do?

Dorothy

By now you probably know that it looks like a sand. I have it with with glass tiles as well, it doesn't look bad. It covers imperfection well but does not have that "elegance" into it. I am not sure if I would use it again. I hope that it is more durable and mold resistant than other grouts so it was worth the money and effort for the sand suspension-like product.
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Jan,
Try a white nylon scotchbrite pad. It will take it off the next day. Not sure how long your has set up. Just dip it in some water and scrub. Let me know if that does it.
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Thank you Mike for the replay,

It has been 10 days already. I am fighting it for 3 days. I used Krud Kutter with white doodlepad, green scotch pad and razor for cleaning windows. I am exhausted and dissapointed. I have glazed porcelain tiles with mixed visual effect that are matte and gloss. None of it is visible now. Can I try anything else?
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I would contact the manufacturer's customer service and talk to one of their tech people and see what they recommend. One thing I do with tiling is to make sure I get grout cleaned up right away. The longer is sits, the harder it gets. Let us know what you find out.
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Hi Mike,

I did before I started with the grout and after I had trouble cleaning. They are useless so far. At first they answered and said Krud Kutter will work. Then when I called back nobody answered and I left message. No reply so far.

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Sorry to hear that Jan. If I can remember tomorrow, I'll call the local tile company I deal with and talk to one of the reps. They have always been quite helpful and knowledgable.
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Hello everyone,

This is my first post here, and I just want to share my review of Bostik TruColor.

First of all, I am not a professional just a homeowner who likes DIY projects.

I just laid down 30 sq ft of black galaxy granite in a bathroom, and chose to try Urethane grout from Bostik instead of epoxy. From reading the threads on here epoxy is not recommended for first time users, and even professionals dislike the stuff.

Well I'm glad I tested the TruColor CharBlack grout on some scraps, the stuff managed to scratch the s**t out of the granite.

I am now looking for a refund of this very expensive product and will probably give the epoxy a try @ only $30 something dollars for a half unit compared to $76 for a 9lb bucket of TruColor
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Update - - -

What I perceived to be scratches on the face of the tlie turned out to be some very hard grout haze. Kept reading this and other forums and they recommended KrudKutter.

Used that full strength with a microfiber sponge and 3" scraper blade and there was little to no "real" scratches.

KrudKutter took the dull matte haze off and gave it back its original shine.

The TruColor worked best for me at temperates in the low 80s.
When I did my practice board it was maybe 70* and the product behaved totally diffrent.

At 80* it was softer/smoother and easier to spread around.

In any case. . . I now am a fan and will likely order this again.
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I've used the Starquartz in the past several times. The first few times it worked well with little to no haze when cleaned properly. I wasn't the happiest with the appearance though. It was much rougher than I expected. I too avoided products like SpectraLock Epoxy because my installers at the store always complained about how difficult it was to work with. The last time I used Quartlock I had major hazing issues as well and KrudKutter + Scotchbrite pad didn't do the best job taking it off. In the past a light scrubbing was all that was needed. This time I had to really scrub it down with KrudKutter, even though it was only a couple hours after installation. The next job I did, I used SpectraLock instead. I could kill my installer for complaining about this. SpectraLock was far easier to work with and clean up if you just follow the directions. It also looks a million times better. It's nice and smooth with no roughness at all. No worries about scratching glass or stone either. Just make sure all haze is gone during the first few hours after installation and SpectraLock is easy. It does stiffen quickly though so I prefer mini units on most applications. Floor areas are much easier to get the full units into before the product get's too stiff to work than walls are.

I think Starquartz still makes the Bostik product for them at this point so I'm not touching either again. We did also have some issues with the Quartlock turning to powder in a shower even after waterproofing and using the accelerant recommended. The shower didn't have any use for a month after either. The grout turned very yellow and powdery. This is the only time we had an issues such as that though. It's also the only time we used the accelerant, which I think has been discontinued.
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Five months ago I had my entire floor and both bathrooms (shower and tub surround) tiled. I used the TruColor urethane grout throughout and now I'm having problems. The tile company is going to have the grout rep come out to take a look at the situation.

Here are the problems that I have with the grout:
1) inconsistent color of grout throughout the house (I thought this may have been dirt, but could not remove with cleaners and a grout brush)
2) mold growth on grout in shower (tried removing with grout brush and cleaner - not all of it was removed)
3) Grout lifted up from floor tiles in the shower when I was brushing with the grout brush
4) Grout appears to be stained from my pets' "accidents", you know the kind that happens when you're at work all day and don't find it until you get home.

According to the manufacturer's website, this grout is supposed to have consistent color, not need to be sealed, and have blockade antimicrobial protection.

Another interesting thing to note - I chose a porcelain tile with a matte finish and we had to seal the tiles to prevent the grout from hazing the tiles. Even though the Bostic chemist emphatically stated that no tile sealing was required.

I'd appreciate any info from others who have used this grout and what the results were.
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According to Starquartz, when cleaning the grout it is important not to abrade it because the cured urethane creates a protective coating that abrasion can weaken, resulting in microscoping scratching and pitting which will only serve to worsen a mold/fungus situation. They advised a soft-bristled brush and a product like SoftScrub.

After months of use our shower looks good, though because it gets heavy use (two sons who play sports and shower twice a day, myself, and my wife) we have to keep the lowest tiers of tile especially clean because mold will otherwise thrive there on the soap residue and incessant wetness.
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Five months ago I had my entire floor and both bathrooms (shower and tub surround) tiled. I used the TruColor urethane grout throughout and now I'm having problems. The tile company is going to have the grout rep come out to take a look at the situation.

Here are the problems that I have with the grout:
1) inconsistent color of grout throughout the house (I thought this may have been dirt, but could not remove with cleaners and a grout brush)
2) mold growth on grout in shower (tried removing with grout brush and cleaner - not all of it was removed)
3) Grout lifted up from floor tiles in the shower when I was brushing with the grout brush
4) Grout appears to be stained from my pets' "accidents", you know the kind that happens when you're at work all day and don't find it until you get home.

According to the manufacturer's website, this grout is supposed to have consistent color, not need to be sealed, and have blockade antimicrobial protection.

Another interesting thing to note - I chose a porcelain tile with a matte finish and we had to seal the tiles to prevent the grout from hazing the tiles. Even though the Bostic chemist emphatically stated that no tile sealing was required.

I'd appreciate any info from others who have used this grout and what the results were.
You don't seal the tile before applying urethane grout. Sealing can interfere with the grout's bond to the tile if the sealant gets into the grout joints. I am not surprised that the grout pulled loose. The haze will come off with a white scrubby pad and some of the concentrated orange-pinkish haze remover sold with the product, diluted in a large bucket of water. The urethane haze is not the same as epoxy haze; you can let the urethane haze sit for months on the tile and still be able to scrub it right off. But take care not to abrade the grout.

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