Rated 4 out of 5Â by 70
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Jammer Do it once. Done.
Ready to use. No time to mix, slake, remix as with cement grout. No part A&B and 90 min to finish everything before it turns hard as with epoxy. Spread easily on floors, trouble sticking to walls a little. I put down clean paper uder my walls so I could pick up the 20% or so that ends up on the ground when spreading vertically. Love that you wash it as you go, when a section is done, its done. No going back to seal it. I will say this dark brown will stain any light colored paint it touches for more than 20 seconds. I followed the instructions to a T. I am an experienced tile installer (was pro for 11 years) and the only draw back was that getting the tiles perfectly 100% clean took quite a bit of work. Glazed tiles were pretty easy to clean and just went back the next morning with a little haxe remover and water solution and boom, perfect. As for the the 1" white hex mozaics on the floor... lots of streaking. Theres so much grout on 1x1 tiles that draging the clean wet micro fiber cloth across as gently as humanly possible always resulted in noticeable brown streaking. After 2 hours set, I had to use a heavy solution of haze remover and lots of scrubbing with a white nylon pad. I was thinking I was going to be there till midnight scrubbing to get the stubborn brown staining off my unglazed porcelain tiles, until my sympathetic wife suggested I try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. OMG. I dont know what's in those things but it worked incredibly well. If only I had known of this back when I was a pro I would have stocked these in the van by the dozen. Made final cleaning a snap. The installation looks fantastic. No efflorescence, no shading, just smooth sandy looking grout joints that are hard and dense. I will use this stuff again.
August 22, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by CARehabAddict Totally Disappointed -- Turned Dingy Yellow Within 2 Weeks!
I was SO looking forward to using what I thought would be a superior grout for my 2 sons' shower. What drew me to this was the non-mildew and epoxy-like properties, but we now completely regret using this grout. Within 2 weeks of installation, the grout joints have completely yellowed! I have tried bleach to no avail and now the beautiful 12x24 bright white tiles we installed are tarnished with this horrible yellow-ish grout.
*** It is worth noting that we also used Fusion Pro Delorean Grey on the floor, which actually turned out beautifully. My only advice is steer CLEAR of this "Bright White" disaster, which is anything but white!
January 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JohnD For all those reading negative reviews
I am a pro, and I have installed a ton of this grout, and it is awesome! Never, had a customer complaint, and I love it in my own home. However, it is difficult to clean up especially for those who are inexperienced at grouting. Even following Custom's own instructions don't always yield ideal results, but nothing is beyond fixing (will explain below).
To address those who have grout falling out of joints, this has never been a problem for me, even on shower ceiling tiles. Maybe you didn't pack your joints properly or you diluted the grout with water (bad idea). Was the tile installed properly over a proper backing material? and was the tile allowed to cure a proper amount of time? Can't tell you how often I have been hired to fix a Diy corner cutting job.
If the grout got discolored or failed to set..... First did you read the tub? You really shouldn't be using the shower/area for a min of 3 days (light use), and 7 days for exteriors (heavy use). This is tough for people. Often I will stall a project after grout, to prevent clients from being temped to use the space prematurely. Some things don't meet an Extreme Home Makeover schedule. Install it, protect it, let it cure....This is true for all grouts and sealers (except epoxy). Also, did you install it over a product that needed to be sealed first without sealing it? that could have discolored your grout as well----seal porous products hours before grout, always.
The color consistency and the stain resistance of this grout is exceptional. In my own home I put bright white on my backsplash, a gutsy move considering stoves love to spit staining crud all over it. 7 months later, and I am happy to report not a red sauce or curry has managed to stain this gout, easy to clean, and still looks as good as new.
Now about the install process, never grout a space that is takes you more than 5-10minutes to grout at a time, then promptly clean the space. Use a very wet sponge and follow custom's instructions on using a microfiber cloth. However, if you cannot get rid of all of the haze (which can be difficult on glass and some other light colored glossy tiles) don't despair, and don't get stuck in one spot trying to fix it. Move on and keep grouting. Just make sure you cleaned off all the sandy bits an all that remains is a light haze. After 2-3 days the grout will be good and cured, and the haze can easily be removed chemically. I don't like custom's recommendation of haze remover, the grout is too tough for that and requires heavy scrubbing. My experience has been to ventilate the area, get good gloves, rags, and some acetone. Don't pour the acetone on the tile, you don't want to damage sealers or potentially saturate and damage grout. Moisten a rag with acetone and watch the haze vanish with some light rubbing. Thick or stubborn haze may require a little scrubbing but the haze will go. It will evaporate quickly so keep the rag damp. This is so effective, I find it faster than obsessing over the cleaning process. And glass tile comes out so darn nice and clear with this method I find it a must.
I hope this helps those interested in this grout. A stain resistant grout that is easier to install than epoxy is worth every penny, trust me, you will love it for years to come.
April 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by kdewester SUPER easy installation.
This stuff is ready to be wiped up almost immediately, so I was able to grout my entire 25 square foot master bath and go right to the grout forming process. You can do final cleanings immediately too to get rid of haze, no need to wait. I had my entire floor grouted, cleaned, and haze free in about an hour or so. very easy to wipe up with a bucket of water, grout sponge, and microfiber cloth for after. I'll be interested to see how it holds out after a year or two of everyday wear.
June 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by KatieKat Easy to use for installing a kitcheb backsplash
I used the natural gray to install porcelain and stone mosaic tiles (called Titan interlocking) that I purchased from home depot as well. The gray grout was a standard light gray color and the color was even throughout the bucket. (See Picture) It is not green as pictured on home depot's site.
Even though the grout lines were very small in my mosaic tiles, I had zero problems with hazing. I grouted 12 inches at a time and wiped over them once with a damp sponge. Then I wiped the tiles with some clean paper towels and then followed with a microfiber towel that they sell in the tiling isle. I feel that that microfiber towel was key because it did an excellent job. I did use a lot of paper towels though.
Once I finished the entire kitchen I did NOT have to go back and clean up any of the spots because I was careful as I went. There were 0 spots with any hazing. The wet grout just wiped right off with no issues.
I would also like to add that I splashed chili on the grout and tiles and they wiped up perfectly even after it had set there for an hour or so. It seems pretty stain resistant. It has been installed over a month now with no problems.
My only issue is that the grout is pricey compared to the grout you have to mix and seal yourself, but I decided the convenience was worth the price.
September 2, 2014