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Old 01-22-2011, 08:49 PM   #1
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Just sealed grout...water absorbing?

Hey guys,

I just applied two coats of sealant to the grout in my recently tiled (ceramic) shower stall. The instructions on the bottle say 2 hours after the application, water should "bead" up and "not appear to be absorbed". I just tested this and it appears that the water is still being absorbed into the grout(no beading).

I'm thinking I need another coat, any thoughts? Should the water be beading?
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:53 AM   #2
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Sometimes the water beads up, sometimes it doesn't, don't expect yours to 100%...try another coat, won't hurt. Depends on the sealer tho, as there are good ones and not.
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:27 PM   #3
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Most people have a misconception of what grout sealers can do. So don't feel bad.

As our Canadian friend mentioned sealers vary in quality. So, just go ahead and apply more until it won't absorb any more. Sealers DO NOT seal the grout from moisture or stains. They slow down how fast the spill soaks in, it will not make grout impervious.

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Keep sealin'!
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