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New! Commercial Grade Epoxy Grout

Hi out there everyone in the community!

 

Aboveaveragejoe here today to talk about an amazing new product in our tile aisle at The Home Depot! From DIY'ers to commercial businesses, keeping your tile and grout looking great on your floors and walls can be a tedious job with the upkeep of re-sealing and cleaning your grout lines whenever they get dingy. What if I told you there was a grout out there that once you install it on the walls, you NEVER have to seal it! Would you also like a grout that is ALWAYS color-consistent, no matter the different containers or water-to-grout ratio you have to mix! How about a grout that doesn't shrink and is always highly resistant to water, chemicals, and to most solvents!

 

Well, that product is CEG-Lite by Custom Building Products!

 

It's a commercial 100% solids epoxy grout, that goes on just like regular grout, and has the look of regular grout, but performs far superior than regular grout! We currently sell these in 1 Gallon containers and are available in 18 distinct colors.  If you pick the bucket up, you'll notice how lightweight this is. This isn't a premix grout, but inside are 2 bags that you mix together to activate the material, a true epoxy. This grout is perfect for any place where high traffic, food prep, or for everyday wear and tear where a regular grout just won't cut the mustard...let alone be stained by it!

 

 

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For any further details and questions, a copy of the data sheet from this great product can be found here: CEG-Lite Data Sheet

 

This has been aboveaveragejoe, we'll see you back here in the community or in the store!

 

 

 

 

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Posted 2010-12-04T16:48:33+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL Joseph_HD_ATL

I liked this product and would use it again, and recommend it to a friend.

 

I used this epoxy grout on a 4x6 exterior foyer, covered in slate tile with .25" gaps.

 

I'm a DIY'er with one other floor tiling job, and 1 backsplash tiling job on my resume.  Needless to say, I'm no where near a pro, and I make a lot of dumb amatuer mistakes, which I waste a ton of time correcting.

 

The stuff mixed easily, and became the consistency of peanut butter.  I was able to put fist sized portions of it in a grout bag and squeeze it out in between the joints without too much trouble.  I was also able to use a regular float, instead of the hard rubber epoxy float also.

 

Clean up wasn't easy, especially on the natural surface of slate, but not terrible.  I made the mistake of using way too much grout, and leaving thick spots of it on the surface of the tile. This made the clean up process take much longer than it should, and I did go through 2 sponges.  Less is more with this stuff.

 

Color looks great, consistency is very smooth, and it shouldn't become brittle like sanded grout.

 

Posted 2012-10-24T15:36:14+0000  by Dave52

These containe about .4 gallons at best and at $24 or so each, that makes it at least 5 times as expensive as regular grout.   That is a very misleading statement that they come in a "1 gallon" pail.

Posted 2012-10-25T12:45:01+0000  by mcdworks

Good afternoon Dave52,

 

Welcome to the community! Glad to have you with us.

 

Thanks so much for your input, I'm glad that even a DIY'er such as yourself wasn't intimidated by using this product. It really is one of the best grouts out on the market today.

 

Were you working on any other projects in or out of your home? We'd love to hear any more you may have. And as always, feel free to come back to share your insight!

 

Cheers,

aboveaveragejoe

Posted 2012-10-25T17:44:59+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL

Hey there mcdworks,

 

Thank you for joining us here on the community, welcome!

 

I would have to disagree with you in terms of how Custom Building Products is misleading customers on their Epoxy Grout. Yes, it is shown in a 1 gallon container, but its volume contents (.29 gallons) is listed clearly on the bottom facing of the container....

Epoxy Grout

 

I will agree that this is more expensive than grout from the get go. However, you'll need to consider that since this never needs grout sealant, the overall price when it comes to the entire install project is actually less than you stated.

 

As the old adage goes, 'you get what you pay for', holds true for this product. It is more expensive up front, but you'll need to buy little to no maintenance and cleaning supplies for it in the long run.

 

This especially is important when it comes to very high traffic areas or commercial applications, where time spent cleaning it if it were a regular grout could of been avoided if this was used instead. This is where the other old adage 'time is money' comes into play in that instance.

 

I hope this has cleared any issues up you may have had with it.

 

If there any further questions or comments, please do not hestitate to let us know.

 

Regards,

aboveaveragejoe

Posted 2012-10-25T17:55:23+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL

I don't believe that there could be a "drying out" effect with expoxy based grout.  The epoxy sets because of a chemical reaction between the resin and the catalyst (hardener).  This does hot harden by the evaporation of moisutre as is the case with the "non-setting" types of drywall mud that a lot of people are familiar with.  Once the epoxy based grout is activated, covering the container  will not help to keep it from setting up.  It might even have the opposite effect.  Since the chemical reaction generates heat, keeping the cover on the bucket of the activated epoxy will trap the heat and hasten the setting even more.  

Posted 2013-03-11T21:20:45+0000  by MagicBob

The product spec states the following with regard to pool application:

"When used to install tile in an area that will be continually wet (e.g.
swimming pools, gang showers, etc.), it is recommended that the
complete installation be cured 14 days prior to full submersion with
chemically treated water."

Posted 2013-06-26T13:11:33+0000  by jim-handyman
Does keeping the lid on really slow the cure time? i was under the impression that this stuff will cure regardless. The only determining factor I understand is temperature. Keeping the cap on will retain the reaction heat and accelerate curing as I understand it. Please clearify...
Posted 2013-06-26T13:20:27+0000  by jim-handyman

Is it possible to mix partial units of this product?  The instructions say NO but at least one poster here said he did.  

It sure would take the stress off if we could mix and work with smaller amounts.

Thanks

Posted 2013-06-26T13:35:04+0000  by jim-handyman

Hey Jim,

 

As with any type of grout that you mix together (the powdered polyer stuff or this), you'll need to work with small amounts that you know you can manage.

 

In either case, the key here is to plan out first what and where you are grouting, so you'll know what you are up against for this project.

 

While you can work small sections at a time, BE SURE to mix the right amounts of both parts properly each time. This will be the most difficult part.

 

To reduce any confusion or stress for you, make sure you use the amount you need. According to the Techincal Data Sheet for CEG Lite Epoxy Grout:

 

"Temperature affects set time; therefore, it is advisable to occasionally
remove a tile to be sure mortar has not skinned over and sufficient
transfer is being made. Approximate tack time is 30 minutes at 75°F
(24°C). Pot life is approximately 60 minutes at 75°F (24°C). Should
epoxy mortar get on surface of tile, it will be necessary to remove it

with a damp sponge before it cures."

 

As long as you make a small amount at a time, you shouldn't encounter any issues with using it. You can reactivate the grout with hot (120°F) water, but to save you time and money, just mix what is comfortable for you.

 

As stated above, you have an hour to work with what you mixed, so if you grout properly, you can do a fairly large area in the time allotted.

 

Let us know if this information has assisted you, and let us know if you have any additional questions.

 

Joseph

 

 

Posted 2013-06-26T17:51:08+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL

Joseph,

 

I am questioning weather the instruction sheet for this product is in error?  See excerpt below.  It specifically says not to mix partial units.  I inturpret that to mean you must mix the entire contents at once.  I'm not comfortable going against manufactures instructions.  

 

Jim

 

Mixing Procedures
Open Part B and stir thoroughly to eliminate the effects of settling due
to shipping. Add the entire contents of the pigment Part A to Part B and
stir to produce a homogeneous consistency, eliminating any color
streaks from appearing in the mixed unit. Do not mix partial units.
Make sure to scrape bottom and sides of container during mixing.

 

Posted 2013-06-26T23:53:22+0000  by jim-handyman
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