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Forum topic by plang posted 07-13-2010 06:25 PM 1038 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2010 06:25 PM

I know this is off woodworking, but I just completed a mobile microwave cart and the top is tiled. This is second time my wife put down tile, the first time turned out beautiful. This time though, it turned out gritty and the the color dried lighter then showed on the container so the contrast wasn’t what she wanted. Although the project is complete, I returned the grout and the store agreed that it was bad. So, my question is, is there anyway to smooth out the grittiness from the grout and also can it be stained with any product to darken it. Thanks

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#1 posted 07-13-2010 06:35 PM

Did you use sanded or unsanded grout? As far as the color goes, we have changed the color of grout quite effectively with a colored grout sealer. It comes in the same colors as the grout and is a liquid you just paint on the grout lines. It has the added benefit of sealing the grout against moisture. If this is a small area you may want to consider removing the grout altogether and re-grouting. I think this will be the only way to get rid of the grittiness, because there is probably “grit” throughout the grout.

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#2 posted 07-13-2010 06:37 PM

I agree with flowchart – removing the grout is probably the only way to get rid of the gritty texture. There’s a cool website with tons of tile know-how at: They might have some more in-depth commentary on what you could do to fix the grout.

-- Robb

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