I love making tile-top projects. However I’m pretty miserable at making grout correctly. Maybe I don’t measure right, or I mix at the wrong intervals, but it always seems to go south by the time I’m through — always, that is, until I tried the SpectraLock grout system about two years ago. Since then I’ve never had a problem with grouting tile, and it involves a great deal less swearing. Here’s how it works.
First off, don’t be scared by all the “parts” that’re required, because this is the easiest stuff to work with ever. I start with what color I want the grout to end up being — this is part C. You can choose from a few dozen colors here, so find which one you like. In this case, I picked #1239 “Mushroom” because it went well with my tile and wood stain. The nice part is that once you pick up the preferred carton, you’ve mastered the job of mixing the right color; what you wind up with will look like the hue on the side of the carton. Next, grab a pail of AB — they’re all the same — and you’re good to go.
Assuming you have 1-foot tiles, a single AB and single C will get you anywhere from 25’x25’ to 400’x400’ of coverage, depending on joint thickness. Since I’m never doing floors, just tabletop projects, I’ve never needed more than one of each — but if you’re doing flooring or walls, your mileage may vary. Pop open the AB pail, and you’ll find “A” and “B” packs full of goo, a pair of rubber gloves, instructions, and a sponge.
Open and dump the packs into the pail. Mix it together with a stick until it looks like milk. At this point, open the part C container and dump it all in there.
Stir it all together until it’s the consistency of a milkshake. Now you have about 80 minutes to get it spread and in the joints –- which is more than you need.
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