Tuesday, September 18, 2018

14 Tips from an Epoxy Grout Pro

By: Guest Author, Sean Mcleod

Sean Mcleod, Owner of Twisted Tile Works

In this guest blog, Sean Mcleod, an exclusive user of LATICRETE® SPECTRALOCK® epoxy grout for over 10 years shares some of his secrets to a successful install.

1. Storage - Temperature is critical! During summer months I always make sure to chill my SPECTRALOCK® Parts A and B and keep Part C stored in a cool place. This extends the open time of the epoxy grout.
2. Tools - I use a new premium soft grout float. This helps to pull as much excess grout off the surface. This is my favorite grout float to use. It’s smooth and leaves the surface clean.
3. Sponge Health - I usually put a teaspoon of the cleaning additive provided in 3 gallons of water to wash with. This keeps my sponges from gumming up and swelling. If you run out of the cleaning additive, you can use vinegar (acetic acid) in its place.

SPECTRALOCK epoxy grout project by Sean McLeod

4. Measurement - I leave about a 1/4 cup of SPECTRALOCK Part C in the carton* because it’s just a hair thick when I use it all. It just seems way easier to spread and it leaves me a small amount for any repairs if needed.
*Please note: this will affect coverage by reducing the volume by that amount
5. Timing - Timing is everything. You must wait 15 to 30 minutes to wash depending on temperature and humidity. Usually I go by the color change. Epoxy cures darker and SPECTRALOCK (usually starts to change color about 15 min or so) unless the temperature is below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
6. Tile Preparation - I never dampen the surface of the tile. If water is in the joints, then it will sag sometimes.
SPECTRALOCK epoxy grout project by Sean McLeod

7. Temperature - After mixing a full unit of SPECTRALOCK epoxy grout I usually break it up into 3 piles on scrap cardboard. This helps reduce the temperature of the epoxy grout that is generated especially when in a bucket.
8. Workflow - On a 3’x5’ shower I smear all 3 walls, then wash and dry.
9. Air - Don’t use fans and stay away from direct moving air.
SPECTRALOCK epoxy grout project by Sean McLeod

10. Water - Always use clean, cool water.
11. Residue Prevention - I would say that drying the surface area after washing is the most important step to prevent sticky residue.
12. Client Notification - When grouting stone I always inform the client that epoxy grout will enhance the stone.
SPECTRALOCK epoxy grout project by Sean McLeod

13. Avoid “Picture Frame” Effect - I slurry the whole tile and let it sit about 5 minutes to absorb into the stone to avoid a picture frame effect.
14. Grout Release - If I'm grouting a rough surface (or anything with an aggressive profile) like slate and quarry, I use grout release.

“I have been using SPECTRALCOCK epoxy grout from LATICRETE exclusively in showers for over 10 years now. For color consistency and flawless performance I trust no other grout in wet areas. “- Sean Mcleod

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About Sean Mcleod
Sean Mcleod is the owner of Twisted Tile Works out of Heber Springs, AR. He started in epoxy coatings, industrial epoxy floors and then was a terrazzo mechanic installing epoxy and sand cushion terrazzo. He has been installing tile for almost 20 years. About 4 years ago he decided to specialize in tile showers. He’s a small company with attention to detail and design.

By using SPECTRALOCK® Pro epoxy grout epoxy grout exclusively in showers he has found a niche in his market with good results. He started Twisted Tile Works 3 years ago. Before that it his company was named Mcleod Tile. He works primarily in Heber Springs Arkansas, however does travel to other cities like Little Rock, Ft. Smith and Memphis.

Twisted Tile Works
415 South 12 St
Heber Springs, AR 72543

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Iconic Infinity Edge Pool Featured in Crazy Rich Asians Movie Installed with LATICRETE Products

Last month we shared a blog post about the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore getting a major face lift in part for the Warner Bros. blockbuster movie Crazy Rich Asians. The 130-year old hotel completed renovations using several LATICRETE products such as: Restoration Plaster, 325 Cementitious Adhesive, 1600 Tri-Poly Fortified Unsanded Grout and SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout – epoxy grout.

This was not the only iconic hotel featured in the Crazy Rich Asians movie that showcases LATICRETE products used. On top of the iconic triple tower at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino sits the infinity edge swimming pool where an important scene takes place. The pool spans the three towers and is waterproofed and tiled with the LATICRETE system! No one else in the world besides LATICRETE could handle a pool project of this magnitude and warranty it! The mosaic tiled pool spans over the three 55-story hotel skyscrapers and measures over three times that of an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Marina Bay Sands Pool in the Sky

The Marina Bay Sands “Pool in the Sky” project was completed in 2011 using a variety of LATICRETE products including:

LATAPOXY® 300 Adhesive – epoxy adhesive for bond strength and flexibility required
Pool Tile Installation using SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout– an epoxy grout used for the pool grout because of its unmatched stain-resistance and color consistency and ability to withstand the constant presence of pool chemicals added to maintain a healthy balance of water for the pool users
LATICRETE 9118 Primer - to create a more tenacious bond with LATASIL™ at all pipe penetrations, changes in plane and expansion joints
LATASIL™ - 100% silicone sealant with exceptional flexibility and helps further protect the rooftop infinity-edge pool system

Crazy Rich Asians Movie Pool in the Sky

This amazing project was done by local architect, Aedas, Pte Ltd out of Singapore and installer, Sangyong Engineering Construction Co Ltd. All installation products were supplied by LATICRETE Southeast Asia Pte Ltd.

“It’s an architectural wonder. For building projects like this one they select only the best products. It’s really a confirmation for us that the industry has recognized the quality of products from LATICRETE and our expertise in swimming pool applications.” said LATICRETE President, International, Erno de Brujn

Read more about the Marina Bay Sands Hotel project completed in 2011.

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