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jimgeorge
grout for bubble glass backsplash
jimgeorge

Does anyone know best way to grout bubble glass 1x1in. tiles on 1 ft. mesh backing? We've installed all the tile for backsplash behind stove and counter and done several samples of grout. Grout does not sink in deep enough as grout space is less that 1/8 in. and all the colors look really bad. Grout overpowers the beautiful tile. Tile is UBC product called Squared Up. Suggestions??

HoustonRemodeler
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HoustonRemodeler

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ed21
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ed21

It sounds like the grout may be too dry and not being forced into to joints well enough. The ground should be unsanded for the thin joints.
The glass tiles look nice on the displays, but are more difficult to work with.
Select grout based on either dried samples or as provided by the grout manufacturers.

jimgeorge
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jimgeorge
ed21 wrote:

It sounds like the grout may be too dry and not being forced into to joints well enough. The ground should be unsanded for the thin joints.
The glass tiles look nice on the displays, but are more difficult to work with.
Select grout based on either dried samples or as provided by the grout manufacturers.

Thanks for the response. We tried the unsanded grout but the problem is the application. These tile have a rounded top which makes it almost impossible to get the grout in deep. Would you recommend applying with a wet sponge instead of a trowel? Any other suggestions?

Clarence
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Clarence

You may want to try a grout bag.
Or maybe get an empty caulking tube. ( sold by U-Line )

Sombreuil_mongrel
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Sombreuil_mongrel

You're using something like this, right?

That's a grout float. And don't mix the grout too stiff. Of course, don't mix it too soupy, either.
Casey

ed21
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ed21

That's the tool I used on my recent tile project. The grout should be buttery to force into the joints. My daughter did most of the grouting, that included a glass accent row and had no problems getting the grout in the joints.
Are you applying the grout diagonal to the joints? Applying in the same direction tends to pull out the grout.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

Proper grout consistency and a grout bag are the way to go here. You can fill the joints well without leaving much excess this way. If you have some left-over tiles make a small 'sample wall' to practice on till you get it right, then do your backsplash :cool:

Phil

Sombreuil_mongrel
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Sombreuil_mongrel

How in the heck are they gonna get a grout bag to feed thoroughly into 1/8" joints in tiny mosaic, no less, without making it so watery that it crumbles out? Maybe a veterinary syringe would be slightly more frustrating; on a small-format mosaic, there are miles of grout lines. You always need the rubber float with 1/8" grout to get a fully-packed joint. You gotta work it diagonally in every direction to fill 'em.
I'm wondering if these are the tiny square glass tiles with an exaggerated crowned/domed shape. Those look like they'd be a singular PITA to grout, and would require hand-tooling with a pointing trowel to make a clean, tooled line.
Casey

Clarence
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Clarence

To make the grout flowable use a product like EASY SPREAD mix with the grout and you can get it thru the grout nozzle.

jimgeorge
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jimgeorge
Sombreuil_mongrel wrote:

How in the heck are they gonna get a grout bag to feed thoroughly into 1/8" joints in tiny mosaic, no less, without making it so watery that it crumbles out? Maybe a veterinary syringe would be slightly more frustrating; on a small-format mosaic, there are miles of grout lines. You always need the rubber float with 1/8" grout to get a fully-packed joint. You gotta work it diagonally in every direction to fill 'em.
I'm wondering if these are the tiny square glass tiles with an exaggerated crowned/domed shape. Those look like they'd be a singular PITA to grout, and would require hand-tooling with a pointing trowel to make a clean, tooled line.
Casey

Yes, it is the 1"x1" exaggerated crowned/domed shape. I'm sorry I selected this tile for this 10 sq. foot backsplash! (It looks really good without grout) The float just bumps over the tiles requiring A LOT of grout that then covers too much of the tiles.

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