Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 122
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by affenpincher Good stuff, once you get the hang of it
This was my first experience working with Fusion Pro grout. I used it for a wood-look porcelain tile (6" x 24") for a 1/8 inch grout. Because everything is kept moist and you clean as you go, using this grout is a bit different as I was used to, but once I got the hang of it, it was ok.
I was very pleased with the consistency of both the color and texture throughout the bucket, and this never changed throughout the job, which took me 5.5 hours start to finish. The bucket was just enough to do the 115 sq ft floor, with a little bit left over. We sealed the rest in a plastic food sealer bag for repairs. If you are close to the limit of coverage and have a custom color, order extra, it beats having to wait for another shipment.
The color matched the sample well. This is a custom color, and shipping was fast, and looks great with the tile. The grout hides a few minor 'oopses' where grout lines are not exactly even by blending so well.
I loved not having to seal the grout, not having to mix up grout and hoping it would be the right consistency, I liked the water clean up. Applying the grout is a bit of a learning curve, but it is forgiving, as long as you stick to grouting a small area at a time. You are to clean up "just before the grout skims over", so a bit of experience helps.
The final product came out great. The grout color is consistent throughout the room, cured within a day, looks good, and I would use Fusion Pro grout again. Too soon to tell if it lasts/performs/wears well.
*Use a margin float. Since you work with a small area at a time, and are always cleaning up, rewetting, etc, no sense spreading the grout all over the tile. Work just the grout lines, and the margin float was great for that.
*Have at least three grout sponges and two or three buckets ready. I had one bucket for waste water (to wring/rinse out sponges into), two buckets with fresh water and three sponges ready. If you have a helper/runner, you might do with two buckets. Since you have to wipe the tile before you grout, and then remove grout from tile, wash tile and shape grout, you need a lot of clean sponges.
*Mister bottle. A spray bottle with water saved my butt a few times when I grouted too far ahead or spent too much time in a tricky area and the grout started skimming over at the starting point. I misted about 2 feet above the floor, just enough to re-moisten the area, not really wetting it.
*Paper towels work for buffing haze off tile while grouting. There will be some haze left...
*Mr Clean Bathroom Eraser pads worked great in removing the final bit of grout haze on the tiles, after curing the grout one day. I did use a cotton towel to buff the tile dry that day. So don't panic if you have a bit of haze the day you grout.
*Soak your float/trowel immediately after grouting/before a break. Once the grout dries, it will set and set hard, and it sets first on the float.
January 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sga1 A great product if you closely follow instructions
My inexperienced installer ignored specific directions to grout small areas at a time and clean with water often. This resulted in a haze over the entire floor - a very upsetting dilemma. This problem was at last eliminated with a cleaning product called Blaze and significant scrubbing.
The grout looks great and is stain resistant as stated. My tile countertops and floor are beautiful and very easy to clean.
July 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Katie Easy to install
I had a number of joints to repair and had to do it piecemeal because I have 4 dogs that had to be blocked from the working area. It was nice to have it premixed for this reason. Installation and cleanup were easy. (I hope it will last a lot longer than the other brand originally used when the tile was installed. It started cracking out almost immediately and 3 years later looked terrible.)
January 14, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by FormulaChris Worked Great
I've never used grout before on anything. I decided on Fusion Pro "bone" color grout and purchased it at HD. Later I noticed a lot of the negative reviews on here saying how the grout "never hardened", etc. I was a total NEWBIE at this process but I watched the how-to videos on YouTube, took my time, and it all worked out fine. FYI - I applied this to vertical shower tile.
Based on my experience, here are some tips:
1. Keep the surface wet. Lightly pre-wet the surface, apply grout with float until it just begins to harden, then use a medium-wet sponge and wipe off excess. This not only helps remove excess but keeps the grout wet. **The grout needs to be wet in order to harden correctly. **
2. Buy 2 buckets and keep them full of water. Have a helper rotate the water for you while you're grouting.
3. Focus on a small area at a time. I did roughly 3'x2' areas.
4. Use several microfiber cloths to wipe down tile after you complete step 1.
5. If you're doing a wall, lay down some plastic sheeting or cardboard to catch any excess grout that falls. This will help with cleanup later.
I can't speak to the longevity of this product as my bathroom project isn't complete yet. But I followed the steps outlined above and it looks great so far. Again, I'm not a professional installer. This is only my experience but I hope it helps!
March 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hdtvguy Nice grout, let's see if it lives up to hype
So first, I personally did NOT use the grout, my contractor did at my request. They were reluctant at first, but we had long conversation particularly about the application and cleanup. They followed the recommendation to pre-wet tiles, grout small areas then swing back for cleanup. No haze and the grout looks great. Let's hope the "maintenance free" aspect of this grout holds up as the though of sealing and such is not attractive. The grout goes about as far as the bucket says it will, maybe a little less. As with these new grouts you need to stay off them and no water for a few days. Since we are remodeling it will not see water for well over a week.
January 26, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Todd Worst product ever!!!!!
Stay clear of this product! I was talked into this product my multiple sales reps and have never been so disappointed. My installers did two jobs that day. One with this product and one with regular sand grout. The Fusion left a terrible haze on the tiles. I called customer service and they're familiar with the problem and told me to purchase a cleaner. I did and it didn't work, just wasted more time. The cleaner started to pull up the tile grout lines. I ended up ripping up the tiles and replacing them with new tiles using a different grout. In case you're wondering the other job that was done with regular sand grout came out perfect. Do yourself a favor and stay clear from this product. You'll save yourself time and money!
May 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mkh82 Great Grout
Easy to use and looks great. As other reader's mentioned, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. They're not any more difficult than regular grout, but just a bit pickier. My original thought was "oh, we've always just done grout with sponges and didn't need the microfiber cloths" ... get the microfiber cloths. My husband and I tag-teamed - he grouted while I came in behind him and wiped up. I had 2 water buckets, I rinsing bucket and one clean water bucket. This seemed to really help. After wiping it with the sponge twice, I did the damp microfiber drag and then went back in with a clean, damp microfiber and wiped in a circular motion with a VERY light touch (aka: no pressure.) When done, we waited an hour to let it dry a bit and went back in with the sponge and microfibers and did a second wipe up, ending by lightly buffing with a dry, clean microfiber. It didn't need much but it took any remaining haze of the tiles. I don't know that this second wipe was in the directions, but we found it to be a good move and it only took about 5 minutes. We used the natural gray color and it turned out perfect - better than the regular grout that we used in our previous bathroom remodel which ended up "efflourescing" in spots and didn't seal properly. It's worth the money to get this stuff which doesn't require the expense and upkeep of the regular grout. It was also faster to lay and seemed a lot less messy.
January 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lpgiese Outdoor island
Ok lets start out is ease of installation:
1) On outdoor skid resistant floor tile it is difficult to remove.
2) On the island counter - 2x2 tiles - pretty easy to remove.
3) Slate with enhancer/sealer easiest to remove.
When installing if temp is above 70 and dry only do a small area and clean quickly. Best if you have two people working. One grouting and a second cleaning up right after.
Performance - excellent - already went through a freeze-thaw-freeze cycle and the grout looks great.
December 10, 2014