what kind of grout for my backsplash tiles?

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Old 01-07-08, 06:31 AM
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Question what kind of grout for my backsplash tiles?

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i ripped out the old plain white shiny porcelain 6" tiles and will replace with 6" tiles (for kitchen backsplash)...when im ready for my grout, the salesman at the tile store said i should probably use the sanded grout for the gaps between the 6" tiles...but i also bought some deco ones (these are the 6" in all but they are smaller square tiles on the mesh backing so the gaps are small between the tiny squares (each 6" deco piece is smaller squares so the gaps are real small)...so they said to use an unsanded grout for the deco tiles....so the grout can get in...does this sound reasonable?..different grouts (albeit small color)...just that one is sanded and the other is unsanded...we are also getting a 12" x 12" big mesh tile like the deco one for above the stovetop and under the microwave as well that we'd have to use the unsanded grout as well.

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Old 01-07-08, 06:42 AM
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The type of grout you need is a function of the size of the gap between tile. Use sanded grout for gaps of 1/8th or more - and unsanded for smaller gaps. That being said, if it were me, I would make all my gaps smaller than 1/8th inch so I could use the same grout for the entire wall - avoiding color mismatches.
 
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Question but thezster...

thezster..thanks for your reply...but why would i have color mismatches...im using the same color grout...but one is sanded and the other unsanded..unless you mean by doing this, this could lead to some mismatches?
 
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There are slight variations in color between different lot number grouts. You can have the same brand, and color grout, but one could be a slightly different color because it was made from a different batch (at the factory) lot number.
 
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