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  1. DJM

    DJM Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    On a previous thread we were thnking about keeping the 1920's tiles we had exposed in the downstairs loo if they cleaned up ok. Now the issue is how to grout them

    They look like the tiles were fixed in motar / microconcrete and that was the inter-tile medium as well. It has broken down a bit and needs replacing.

    Can I rake out (assuming my Fien and diamond blade will remove the current 'grout') and use a standard grout?
    Also not sure of the colour. I have plenty of Mapei white, but think it would look odd, so was considering Mapei Moon White (103). What are your thoughts looking at the picture?

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  2. Tommythetiler80

    Tommythetiler80 Active Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    Think I’d personally opt for a grey grout being it the toilet you know what us males are like at aiming after a couple of sherberts!! I use Tilemaster grout 3000 and I’d possibly look at the natural grey colour
     
  3. DJM

    DJM Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Tommy, I know what you are saying.

    The Mapei Moon white is a sort of off white so thought that would give a similar effect to grey without being so cement like. And as the room will be a white base thought it would match quite well.

    That said I do quite like the greys though Ultracolour is easier to get around here than Tilemaster.
     
  4. Bond

    Bond Active Member

    Location:
    Highland
    Personally i would think about replacing the tiles as well.
     
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  5. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    Grey definitely no lighter than 111 silver grey probably 112 . I would gonfor a colour to get close to your light tile and not lighter .
     
  6. John Benton

    John Benton Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Leeds
    For me I would go 120 Negro, so you don't even notice a grout joint, steer clear of 103 on a floor, far too light
     
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  7. DJM

    DJM Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    I understand your point, but they have cleaned up quite well since that photo and we like the originality of them.
    And anyway if we don't like then after a while we can always cover them or change them late
     
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  8. DJM

    DJM Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Don't like 111 silver and not sure Manhattan 110 is much better.
    Might go for Cement 113 or Anthracite 114, but worried the dark colour won't match the dark tile and or stain the light tile.
     
  9. DJM

    DJM Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Just worried Black 120 will stain the pearl white tile and still not match the black tile so still stand out.
     
  10. DJM

    DJM Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Thanks for all the advice about not going too light. Perhaps moon white 103 is not such a good idea
     
  11. DJM

    DJM Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    So we were decided to go for anthracite 114 or black 120, but then I read so many posts about black being a nightmare to work with and light tiles getting stained that we are now backing away from that.

    Should we be worried going for dark / black grout - especially as the tiles are old and not quite as smooth as they would have been new. Or do we just live with a lighter grey
     
  12. Rookery

    Rookery Professional Tiler

    I'd probably choose Map 113 as being a good compromise. If you wanted to use 114 or 120 and I understand why, you could always put some pre-grouting sealer on first to try & prevent the grout staining the tiles.
     
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  13. Tommythetiler80

    Tommythetiler80 Active Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    Black grout is a nightmare!!! Ruins most things it comes in contact with, I personally hate the stuff
     
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  14. DJM

    DJM Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Thanks for the replies. Whilst i think black would be a good answer, if tilers would prefer not to use it, then I think I'ss steer clear.

    So had a look at Ardex and their Antique Ivory looks a very similar colour to the the light tile so thought that would be a good choice. I know it's light, but if a good match to one of the tiles, then shouldnt stand out.
    Problem is that either I get 10 Kgs of it from a local stockist which is about 8 or 9 more than I need, or I order 2.5 Kg online and pay as much as 10 Kgs in delivery costs.

    Oh well might just have to go with a Map grey
     
  15. Wes

    Wes Active Member

    Location:
    Preston
    Hi djm I agree with tommythetiler natural grey or mid grey grout 3000.
    Pity your not closer to me got loads of part bags of grout 3000 knocking about in garage.
     
  16. DJM

    DJM Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Wes,
    Thanks for the thought

    SWMBO isn't keen on grey
    I have found a stockist with 2.5 Kg of Ardex Antique Ivory not too far away.
    So might try that and if it looks naff then take out and go with grey.
     
  17. Wes

    Wes Active Member

    Location:
    Preston
    OK no problem sure it will look fine
     
  18. DJM

    DJM Active Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Thanks for everybody's help. Went with Ardex antique Ivory and it looks good.
    One thing though I liked using the Mapei Ultracolor better than the Ardex. Much easier to use and gave a better finish
     
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