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« on: November 20, 2009 09:34:10 PM »

I'm very new to mosaics and am trying one out for Christmas presents. I bought the Mercantile premixed mosaic grout from AC Moore earlier today and when I went to use it, it was extremely runny. I'm assuming it's not supposed to be like that. Is there any way I can thicken it up, or should I just go to Home Depot or Lowe's and get a different kind?
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2009 06:08:59 AM »

Hi Candy
The pre-mixed grouts are usually not a good idea to use. They are either too thick or in your case, too runny. They tend to crack and be just a general pain.

If you can it is best to get sanded grout, and mix it yourself. You can by small quantities at you local home improvement stores. But if pressed the large bag will keep forever as long as you store it in a dry place.

You want the consistency of grout to be about the same as cake frosting. This lets you have enough time to get it worked into the mosaic, and takes about 24 hours to set completely.

Hope this reply is not too late, and helps you out. Let me know if you have other mosaic questions. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2009 12:42:36 AM »

HSG you are a life saver! I got some black sanded grout, and it worked perfectly! Definitely gives me some hope for future projects. Thank you Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2009 03:27:15 PM »

Glad I could help.  Smiley
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