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Old 03-28-2014, 09:10 AM   #1
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Subway Tile grout help please!


Hello Everyone!

I have a question about a subway tile backsplash we are planning to do in our kitchen remodel. I have been collecting samples of tile to try to pick the best one. I thought I finally made my decision so I had my husband create a sample board. Well, now I think I may be wrong. The grout is causing me two problems.

First of all, I wanted a small grout line like 1/16. He spaced them as this but the grout line turned out to be 1/8. After inspection I'm guessing this is either because the tile has a Very slight "pillow" or "rounded up" effect to it, even though it seems like the grout does not fill out this far on the tile and the detail is still viable when looking close enough. Or because when I look at the unfinished edge of the tile against the back of it there is a slight ledge that sticks out. Now, I have seen tile with the self spacing lugs on them, but this is different. It's like one big lug that doesn't have "breaks". I don't understand if this "ridge" is suppose to be used as spacing to achieve a 1/16th grout line. And if it is how does the grout stay in once dry when ridges will line up and not let the grout get through to the sub surface?

The second problem is the grout color. We bought a premixed sand grout in bright white and it's anything but white. I am seeing online that non sand grout is better for small grout lines and will appear whiter. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thank you so much!
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With the subway tile I work with the edges are beveled and finished enough I can just wipe away more of the grout to get a smaller ground line. Sanded grout is only for 1/8 and above.
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I don't know if beveled is the right word for my tile & I think if more grout is taken out they will start to show the unfinished portion. I will try to attach a picture.
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I may have to choose new tile that are lugged, but none I find are as true white as these ones
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There's nothing wrong with an 1/8" grout joint on subway tile. I wouldn't go any wider than that. Get rid of the premixed grout and get the real thing. Hydro net and Tec both make good products. Unsanded for 1/8" or less like stated above. Once you're all done, let it set a few days then seal the grout if you want it to stay white.
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