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Polyblend #52 Tobacco Brown 10 lb. Non-Sanded Grout

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Polyblend is America's No.1 grout. Custom Building Products Polyblend Non-Sanded Grout is polymer-modified to produce hard, dense joints that are resistant to shrinking, cracking and wear. It is formulated with proprietary technology to ensure durability, color consistency and quick setting.

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  • Mix with water for any tile or stone installation
  • Resistant to shrinking, cracking, powdering and wear
  • Initial set in 4 hours, final set in 5 hours
  • Delivers a consistent color
  • Rated for residential to extra-heavy commercial use
  • Exceeds ANSI A118.6 standards
  • Refer to the technical data sheet for suitable tile types, limitations, installation instructions and warranty information
  • Sample colors shown may vary from actual grout; final installed shade can differ based on tile type, porosity, job site conditions and finishing techniques



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Came out lighter...

This question is from Polyblend #185 New Taupe 10 lb. Non-Sanded Grout
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June 2, 2016
I had a contractor install ceramic wood-like tiles. I bought this grout for 1/16th lines. Unfortunately this grout came out lighter, almost white in majority of the places. Very few places have the true color. Why did this happen and how can I fix it?
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June 3, 2016
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Color variations can occur in any Portland-Cement product including grout. Efflorescence (whitish powder) can also occur. Typically, a sulfamic-acid cleaning will alleviate this discoloration. For further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786 option 2
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The contractor used Poly Blend Non Sanded Grout in Sable Brown but it turned out gray, not brown after it dried.

This question is from Polyblend #95 Sable Brown 10 lb. Non-Sanded Grout
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April 26, 2016
Noticed this right away but let it dry completely and it is still gray and it has been a month. I am going to request that he remove the grout and reapply but worried it will turn out the same.
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April 28, 2016
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Color variations can occur in any Portland cement product including grout. Please contact our technical services department at 800 272-8786 option 2 for more information.
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How many parts product to water is correct ratio, and what is the proper consistency for this grout?

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April 1, 2016
I am grouting a 5 foot x 5 foot area of 4 in x 4 in tiles on bathroom wall. Only the 10 pound size was available so I got it, but it's way too much product to mix up for this little bit of grout work. Figured I'd use what I need now, and save remainder for future.
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April 4, 2016
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The approximate mixing ratio is 3 parts Polyblend Non-Sanded Grout to 1 part cool clean water. The consistency should be "Peanut-Butter" like. For further assistance please contact our installation division at 800.272.8786 option 2
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DOES THIS PRODUCT HAVE AN ACRYLIC ADDITIVE?

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March 17, 2016
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March 21, 2016
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The only additive that may be used with the Polyblend Non-Sanded Grout is StainBlocker. For further assistance please contact our Care and Maintenance division at 800.272.8786 option 3
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Customer Reviews

Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 332 reviewers.
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Do Not Consider this grout for dark colored tile. This color grout was chosen based upon the tile sample in the store - when my 650 sq ft of tile was grouted using the polyblend non sanded tobacco brown, it dried white. Now how very disappointing to have that happen when you've been living on concrete for 3 months after the flood and you are anxious to get your house back together and now I'm going to spend time acid washing the grout after allowing the minerals to come to the surface - which takes 10 days - THEN stain the grout to its true color. REALLY? This product needs to be pulled from the shelf. When you invest in the materials and the labor involved - this should be a one time effort. The other option of achieving a true color is to remove the grout and use a high performance grout, fusion grout, or apoxy grout...which is a lot more expensive, but had I studied the reviews on this grout prior to the purchase, I would have at least considered the other more expensive choice. This choice of grout might be ok if you are shooting for a lighter color grout - as in alabaster - because it is the nature of the grout to leach minerals to the surface and look lighter in color. It is definitely not a choice for darker grout when you don't want the seams to show. I was trying to achieve a natural look - not a brick look. Sooo disappointed! June 30, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Awful Grout Caveat emptor. Purchased 3 packages of the Polyblend 10lb unsanded grout in tobacco brown for our wood look porcelain tile (1/16th" grout lines, too small for sanded grout). It mixed into a beautiful looking dark brown, but was all down hill from there. The first area I grouted, next morning it had turned almost white. Knowing that we have hard water and about efflorescence, I chalked this up to our water being the culprit. Next batch I mixed up using distilled water (no minerals at all in the water), grouted the second area, and guess what? It turned as white as the first area! Thinking that perhaps it was minerals from the underlying white mortar that was efflorescing up through the grout, I used a gray mortar for another area, mixed up the Polyblend grout again with distilled water, and yet again, it turned just as white. It is clear that this is just a bad product, something is wrong with their mixture or something that provokes extreme efflorescence in the tobacco brown color. We have treated areas with Custom/TileLabs sufamic acid and the results have been decidedly mixed. It does darken the grout, in some areas it achieves the correct color indicated on the box but others remain blotchy and lighter. There appears to be no rhyme or reason for why this happens. My wife called Custom today and the phone agent recommended some enhanced techniques of increasing the concentration of acid and letting it sit on the grout for extended periods of time. We'll see if that makes any difference but at this point I am not holding my breath. I would encourage everyone thinking about Polyblend grout in tobacco brown to stay away from it. August 23, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Turns white and effoureced I just recently had about 1750 sf of porcelain wood tile installed in my home by a tile installer. The tile was made by Dal tile so I know it was a good product. The tile installer used this product in tobacco brown so the grout would be dark to match the wood. Within one or two days it turned bright white and effouroeced and was real inconsistent color wise . Unfortunately the tile installer pretty much said it was my problem to deal with and I was in a full leg cast at the time after surgery. I spent 16 hours cleaning and scrubbing the tile grout to remove the grout haze and the effourecence on the grout joints to no avail. It would go away but would leach more out within a week. I am now having to spend another $500 to stain the 1/16" grout lines as opposed to ripping the grout out. Don't use this product in a dark color with porcelain tile... there are forums all over about it and you are just asking for it.. There is just too much risk with the type of water and there is a color consistency problem with the grout mix itself as well. I am so disappointed in the product and the outcome To say the least. I. am a registered architect so am very familiar with grout products. There are grouts that are premixed and more expensive but I would have gladly paid it to not have to deal with this debacle and disruption to my household. Will see what they say when I send the cost for stain and labor to them polyblend. I have taken the product out of project specifications because I don't want clients disappointed like this. May 14, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by My brown grout dired grey Tobacco Brown Grout. Grout looked beautiful when I put it down, when it dried the next day it looked light grey. Horrible. Nothing at all like the color I put down. October 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Non-sanded grout - light smoke This process of grouting was much better this time as the right product was used. I love the color and it tremendously help me keeping my kitchen's appearance looking cleaner and chic. June 28, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT This product goes on beautifully. Then it dries. And it dries UGLY. Uneven color and spotty white crust. Called Polly blend, followed their directions... Buy their acid wash and scrub after 10 days drying time. Did that and it looked good wet then dried to the same UGLY. They did send "stain sealer " for me to basically paint all my grout lines. So several extra days labor and more money buying acid and brushes. Lots of negative reviews on other colors too. Surprised Home Depot continues to carry this product. Absolute Failure of a product. March 16, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by non sanded grout I would have liked to have more specific mixing instructions on the package. I kept mixing the grout too thin. Having ratios listed would have been helpful to a novice like me. May 24, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Color true to label, minimal cracking I used this on mosaic wall tile with spacing ranging from 1/16 to 1/8 inch. It works great in the 1/16 spaces, but I noticed some shrinkage and cracking in some of the spaces that were exactly 1/8 inch. The non-sanded grout is more difficult to sponge off compared to sanded so it is more time consuming to use. Polyblend is my preferred brand for grout due to the color consistency of the label with the final result. Polyblend sanded is my preference when tile spacing allows, non-sanded worked almost as well in my application with smaller spacing. April 9, 2016
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