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Polyblend Sanded Grout is a polymer-modified, cement based grout that produces hard, dense joints that resist shrinking, cracking and wear. Formulated for durability, Polyblend Sanded Grout accommodates 1/8 in. ­ 1/2 in. (3 mm ­ 13 mm) joints for interior or exterior installations. Can be used on all types of installations including floors, countertops, walls, ceilings, showers, fountains and pools.
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What is working time for this Grout?

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Javad
Green Bay, WI
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December 27, 2012
After mixing, how much time do one have to work with the mix product
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
December 28, 2012
Hello, you will have 1 to 2 hours to work with the grout once it is mixed in the bucket. If you want to mix smaller portions instead of mixing the whole 25lb bag you can mix 3 parts powder to 1 part water and that should give you the peanut butter consistency you are looking for. Thank You
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SanDiegoDIYer
San Diego
September 18, 2013
about 30 minutes. I mixed small batches because it became too dry to work with. My batch size was 1 Kg and water amount was 1/6 of that
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how many square feet does twenty five pound bag of grout cover?

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September 17, 2012
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SFNF
Fairfax, VA
June 2, 2014
Depends on the size of your tile and the size of the joints/grout line you want. The chart on the box should help. If they don't have the exact tile size you're using, calculate with a smaller tile and you'll have some left over.

Example: If you're using 12x12 tiles with a 3/16" joint, your 25lb bag will cover 230 sqft. If you're using 12x12 tiles with a 1/4" joint, your 25lb bag will cover 175 sqft.

Chart below:
http://www.homedepot.com/hdus/en_US/DTCCOM/HomePage/Brand_Pages/Custom_Building_Products/Docs/Grout_Card.pdf
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KSNCUSTOMS
Cupertino CA.
Home Improvement Profile: Professional
March 6, 2015
depends on the grout joint,
1/16 joint covers up to 400 sqft
1/8 = 200 sqft
and so on
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Jojo
Aurora, Colorado
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March 7, 2015
To answer this I'd need to know how wide and deep your grout lines are and how large are your tiles. I believe the general rule of thumb is one 25-lb sack of grout for a whole bathroom.

I used half a 25-pound bag to grout tiles around my bath tub clear to the ceiling, plus a 6 ft by 7 foot floor (with 13" x 13" tiles on the floor, plus a tiled area behind the toilet, plus tile baseboards.
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
September 17, 2012
Coverage changes depending on several factors such as size of tile, width of joints, thickness of tile. For more information please contact our installation technical department at 800-272-8786.
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How do you fix grout that turned white once dried?

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TileGroutProblems
Apple Valley
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February 26, 2013
I bought a bag of Polyblend Sanded Grout in Summer Wheat and after I applied the grout to the floor it dried almost a white. Is there anyway to get it back to the color it is suppose to be? It is almost like it has a haze on the grout. Any ideas what I might have done wrong?
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DesigningWoman
February 26, 2013
Hello TileGroutProblems and thank you for your question.

The white that you see is a crystalline deposit called efflorescence. This occurs with any Portland cement based product, including grout. It can be removed depending upon your tile:

* Some natural or sensitive stones such as marble, limestone or travertine are sensitive to acids and you should remove the white haze with Aquamix Nano Scrub.

* For other stones, use a nylon brush and TileLab's Sulfamic Acid Cleaner according to the directions.

Always test cleaners in an inconspicuous area before use.

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DIYER
Houston
August 6, 2013
Too much water. It should be stiff when ready to apply.
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
February 26, 2013
Hi there, thank you for contacting us. A way to get the color back to the grout is by using Sulfamic Acid Cleaner. Please contact our installation division for information for assessment and proper usage at 800-272-8786
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I recently purchased the Delorean Gray Grout and was extremely disappointed in the results...

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RayRIandMA
Massachusetts
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October 7, 2014
After the grout dried, it was no where near the color on the grout packaging (much lighter).

I returned to HD (Seekonk MA) to discuss.

The HD associate showed me the color sample chart at the end of the grout aisle (which I had not seen when I purchased the grout)

We compared the color on the grout chart with the grout bag packaging and it was obvious that the color on the packaging was much darker than the chart sample.

I purchased the grout by the color on the grout package and was not aware of the color chart at the end of the aisle. Now I am extremely disappointed in how the tile floor appears in my kitchen renovation.

Looking back, this happened in 2 bathroom renovations over the years... same HD grout, same issue... disappointment in the resulting grout color. Now I understand why.

Was this an oversight on my part or is there a flaw in the color samples and packaging strategy of your major grout line of products?
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KSNCUSTOMS
Cupertino CA.
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March 6, 2015
I have noticed many times that the color bar on the packaging very's lighter and darker, some times I think its the packaging print, other times I think it depends how long the package has been sitting on the shelf (fades over time). I always mix a very small amount and let it set completely for my clients to approve before moving forward with the complete install. I never count on a color card/ piece of paper or any other color samples to be 100% a match from what I have purchased, doesn't matter if its paint, stains, grout, etc. anything colored can very.
Another tip: ALWAYS mix all of the packages together before starting, why, again because the color consistancy is never 100% the same.
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CustomBuildingProducts
October 10, 2014
We apologize for your disappointment in the product. The grout color card and the sticker on the bag are two completely different types of paper and unfortunately it is nearly impossible to get the colors to match exactly on the different papers. The sticker and color cards are meant to be a representation of the expected color but not an exact match. As with all Portland cement grouts, the final color can be affected by temperature, humidity, job site conditions and the amount of water used in the initial mixing as well as the clean up to name a few. For more information contact our technical service department at 800 272-8786 option 2.
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How much grout?

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Mel1977
CT
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February 4, 2014
Our floor is at max 140 sq ft. The tiles we are using are Traffic Master Ceramic Walton Noce 12x12. We have spaced them 1/8" apart - will a 7lb box cover that or will I need the 25lb bag? Also, any idea what color would compliment or be almost invisible with these tiles? Thanks!
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
February 4, 2014
One 25lb bag is needed. 12"x12" tile with 1/8" space. Sanded grout will cover 13.8 sf coverage per pound. For 140 sf you will need about 11 lbs. out of the 25 lbs. bag. If you need further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786
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How many sq ft does a bag cover?

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Sunshine
Homestead, FL
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February 28, 2015
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CustomBuildingProducts
March 2, 2015
Coverage varies with the size of the tile: for example a tile 12"x12" with grout joints of 1/8" the coverage is 345 sf per bag. See the coverage chart at http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/TDS/TDS-129.pdf
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after installation what color does it actually turn out to be? Dark black as shown or light grey?

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cat
san diego, ca
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February 24, 2012
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ssss
Rancho Cucamonga
March 11, 2015
I just reviewed this. It fades out to a dark gray. I have added a photo so you can see.
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
February 24, 2012
#60 charcoal grout is a dark grey color.
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krisnis
Georgia, USA
October 15, 2012
black
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cereno1000
Houston, TX, USA
March 24, 2014
It turns out to be a dark black color.
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Cookie
Helena,Montana
January 29, 2015
Dark Brown,black not light grey
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Lauren
Gainesville, FL
July 21, 2015
in my experience, it is more of a grey and less of a black.
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how many feet of flooring will this cover?

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teanna
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January 5, 2012
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
January 6, 2012
The amount of coverage that you will get from a 25lb bag of grout depends on the size of the tile and the width of the grout joint. For example: if you had a 12 x 12 tile with a 1/4" grout joint you would need just under 10 lbs. of sanded grout to cover 100 square feet. I would recommend calling the technical department at 800 272-8786 option 2, and tell them the size of tile you have, the width of the grout joint and how many square feet you need to cover and they can tell you how much grout you will need. Thank you.
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Doug
March 6, 2012
We did a 14ft long counter top, and a kitchen island about 4 x 10ft that had 4" tiles. We still had a quarter of a bag left
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eddie
Deltona, FL, USA
March 18, 2012
It depends on how wide apart you space the tiles
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Steve
Taylor Lake Village, TX, USA
October 9, 2012
It depends on the size of the tile you use and the width of your grout lines, I used 18 in tiles with a 1/8 in grout line and I was able to do the whole bathroom floor that was approximately 10 ft x 5 ft and had grout left over.
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Should #156 Fawn Grout be sealed right after tile is set? If so which seal would be best?

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ME
Las V egas, Nevada
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February 5, 2012
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
February 6, 2012
The grout can be sealed after 48-72 hours after grouting. The Tile Lab Surfacegard would be the best sealer to seal the grout.
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Teejay44
West Palm Beach, FL, USA
April 30, 2013
If you are going to seal your grout, I would wait 24 hrs. to make sure it is completely dry.
Water based sealers are easier to use. And don't change the color of the grout much.
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JWAK
Juneau, AK, USA
May 27, 2014
You need to wait 72 hours before sealing grout. I would recommend a brush on verses a spray on.
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MadP
Denver, CO
February 10, 2015
NO, you should allow the grout to cure for at least 72 hours. Tile labs has a good sealer.
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Using 382 bone grout-How do you mix it and what is the best way to apply it when using to fill-in between tub and tile which has separated?

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AGJR
Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
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December 23, 2012
Should I just take off the original and reapply where there is separation?
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Steve
Taylor Lake Village, TX, USA
December 27, 2012
I think I would first ask the question "Why did it separate?" There may be some movement in the supporting structure, or in the tub itself, or maybe both. Even if there were some movement it may not be cost effective to tear the walls apart to fix the problem. So, I would definitely take off the original grout, if for no other reason but to be able to apply more of the new grout. This can be done with a Dremel if you happen to have one. The old grout may have mildew and dirt within it that you should try to get cleaned out. Clean the surface well for better adherence. Mix the grout to a paste consistency and apply, wipe with a wet sponge after a few minutes. I don't have any photos of this. All of my recent experience has been in remodeling my home and I took my bathroom walls down to the studs and reapplied Sheetrock. Good Luck.
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
December 26, 2012
The old grout should be completely removed and caulking should be used instead. For more information you can contact our installation department at (800) 282-8786.
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Sunny
Tennessee, USA
October 11, 2013
I would suggest that you take off the original and clean the area very well before applying the new grout for best results. Mixing grout is similar to mixing flour paste. Mix small amounts, that is you use a smaller container then add the water until you have a thick enough consistency. Too much water is not good and too little water means that it is too dry. Always clean the area before it is completely dried. Hope this helps.
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Lightning
Houston, TX, USA
January 22, 2014
That will be the best application for replacing the old grout. You have the correct ideas.
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when installing 12 x 12 floor tiles in a 5' x 5' area, how much many packages of grout should be used?

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carol
brea, ca
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January 23, 2012
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
January 24, 2012
Hi there, thank you for contacting us. For grouting 25 square feet of 12x12 floor tiles, 1/8" grout joints you need 1.22 lbs. of grout. One bag will give you more than enough.
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IdaB
Landing, NJ 07850
May 4, 2012
1 package is more than sufficient
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JimnDoani
arkansas
May 6, 2014
One bag should be more than enough.
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what is the difference between sanded grout and unsanded grout

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joe
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March 6, 2012
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
March 12, 2012
The sanded grout has sand and the non sanded does not. The Sanded grout is for grout joints from 1/8" up to 1/2" and the non sanded is used in joints from 1/8" and smaller. Thank You
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
March 7, 2012
Hi there, thank you for contacting us. Sanded grout is to fill joints 1/8" up to 1/2" wide. Non-Sanded is for joints 1/16" up to 1/8".
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nmac
Memphis, TN, USA
August 13, 2013
unsanded grout has no sand in it
sanded grout has sand will with sand the weather better
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Is this H2O proff and safe for showers?

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TJ
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April 9, 2012
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
April 10, 2012
Hi there, thank you for contacting us. Polyblend Sanded Grouts are safe for shower installations. Premixed Grouts are not.
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biflip
Washington, USA
March 26, 2014
I have used this grout in showers many times. It is important that you seal it with a good quality grout sealer. And then re-seal it on an annual basis is a good plan as well.
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grouting

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srmajah
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August 17, 2012
can I make up smaller batches of the grout or do i have to mix up the whole 25 lb bag and how long do i have until it is the grout in the bucket is useless
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
August 20, 2012
If you want to mix smaller portions you can mix 3 parts powder to 1 part water. This should give you the peanut butter consistency that your looking for. If you mix the whole bag you would have approximately 60 to 90 minutes until the grout start to stiffen in the bucket. That open time will decrease when mixing smaller portions. Thank You
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SEASIDE4
FLORIDA
May 6, 2014
You can mix up smaller batches as you need them, save the rest of the bag of grout in a plastic trash bag so it will get wet incase you need it later.
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how many square feet does this 25lb bag cover using 1/4 " grout spacers.

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chuck
Anchorage AK
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February 12, 2013
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DIYER
Houston
August 6, 2013
A lot depends on the size of the tile you are grouting. The maximum area is about 685 sq ft. at 1/8'. The color is very consistent from batch to batch so don't worry about having to go back for more if you get caught short.
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
February 13, 2013
Hello,

The coverage on the grout depends on the size of the tile as well as the width of the grout joint. Unfortunately it can not be calculated just by joint size. Thank You
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Can I use this for a 1/16" grout line for porcelain wood like tile floors?

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December 11, 2013
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
December 11, 2013
No, for joints that small you should be using non sanded grout. The sanded grout is too coarse to fit in that small of a joint.
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MOOSETRAIN
Texas, USA
January 14, 2014
YES IS FILLS VERY NICELY, WITH WORKING IT IN
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Do you recommend sealing? There still appears to be a film on the tiles. How does one remove this to bring the tile color back to original?

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Clint
Plano, TX
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August 7, 2012
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
August 7, 2012
There is a product you can get at Home Depot that is called Nano Scrub. This product is by Aqua Mix and you should be able to find it on the grout isle with all the other sealers and cleaners. We recommend sealing to help with the maintenance of the tile and grout. If you have a non absorbent tile like ceramic or porcelain we would recommend sealing the grout joints only. Make sure the area is clean any dry prior to sealing. Thank You
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Is it ok to use to grout a shower base?

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Norbert
CT
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November 19, 2012
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
November 20, 2012
Hi there, thank you for contacting us. PolyBlend sanded grout is designed to fill joints 1/8" up to 1/2" on shower floors and walls. For more information please contact our technical department at 800-272-8786.
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What color is the darkest of the color gray for polyblend grout?

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FuGazi
West Orange NJ
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November 17, 2013
I want to use the darkest gray possible for polyblend grout but I dont know which color that would be. For example, would it be natural gray, oyster gray, winter gray, or another kind of gray?
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CustomBuildingProducts
Technical Service Dept. Corp office
November 18, 2013
Hi there, Charcoal is the darkest gray. If you need further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786
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Do you recommend using or adding a latex/acrylic additive to grout for outdoor use to compensate for the expansion/contraction of outdoor temperatures

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Lippy
New Jersey
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August 14, 2014
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DesigningWoman
August 15, 2014
Hello Lippy and thank you for your question.

The Polyblend Sanded Grout is a polymer-modified, cement based sanded grout producing hard, dense joints that resist shrinking, cracking and wear. It is formulated for durability.

You do not need to use a latex additive to the grout for exterior installations. It is recommended that the installation be misted periodically with clean, cool water for 3 days since curing time is affected by ambient and surface temperatures and humidity.

Best wishes on your project.
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