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Discuss Grout going off too soon. in the Adhesive and Grout Forum area at TilersForums.co.uk.

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  1. Spencer

    Spencer Active Member

    Location:
    Stamford
    Ive just grouted up a simple splash back . Four M2. The issue I have is that no sooner had I finished grouting, 10-15 min. The grout had gone off rock solid? I used Mapei which incedently I prefer. I managed to clean it back somewhat, but the grout lines are still heavy. Can anyone suggest a method of reducing the grout thickness, without raking out and re-grouting?

    Thanks
    Spencer
     
  2. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    North East England
    If you didn't get it smooth 1st time it's too late now!
     
  3. Spencer

    Spencer Active Member

    Location:
    Stamford
    Many thanks John.
     
  4. Bond

    Bond Active Member

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    Highland
    Could try sand paper.
     
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  5. Spencer

    Spencer Active Member

    Location:
    Stamford
    Wouldn't want to risk scratching tiles, but thanks.
     
  6. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Burnley
    Sand paper has so many uses ;) but it will actually scratch porcelain....I know :(;)
     
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  7. Bond

    Bond Active Member

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    Highland
    Was thinking sandpaper folded,using the edge to rub on the grout line, not on the tile face. If that makes sense.
     
  8. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    North East England
    Dremmel.
     
  9. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Aberdeen
    Are we talking metro tiles?
     
  10. Andy Allen

    Andy Allen Metro specialist & forum entertainer! Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Gloucester
    Of course...... it's against the law to use Any other tile in a kitchen..!!
    (Seems that way anyway)..:)
     
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  11. callatiler

    callatiler Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    Aberdeen
    Ahh Archie Dremmel what a player he was for Scotland
     
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  12. pdc

    pdc Professional Tiler

    I'd try an an acid based cleaner.
     
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  13. impish

    impish Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler Top Contributor

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    Lancashire
    A (very) steady hand and a hardibacker knife?
     
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  14. Rookery

    Rookery Professional Tiler

    The dreaded metros + fairly fast setting grout + perhaps a warm room! You could spend all day trying to sand/scrape/dremel/fein and still only achieve an average finish. You might find it easier to knock them off and replace seeing as they are cheap.
     
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  15. hmtiling

    hmtiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

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    Isle of Wight
    ucp, small ceramics and a warm environment can easily catch you out. I think Rookery's option is best course and use a different grout next time . Grout 3000 gives plenty of time with ceramics.
     
  16. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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    I saw him score a goal for Preston North End v Chelsea in 1970.
    Not as good as his World Cup goal v Holland but a legend for grit and determination.
    For those wishing to see his greatest goal look up Archie Gemmel.
     
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  17. Spencer

    Spencer Active Member

    Location:
    Stamford
    Yes metro tiles.
     
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  18. Spencer

    Spencer Active Member

    Location:
    Stamford
    Thanks for that advice.
     
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  19. Spencer

    Spencer Active Member

    Location:
    Stamford
    This is my first port of call. Was already advised by Adey1980
     
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