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Old 01-18-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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I was at blows looking in the tile section to see if they had upgraded from the first spectralock to specta lock pro or pro premium which brings me to my first wandering. Why the heck would anyone want to use the old specralock? Anyways I saw a product called grout boost and was reading and it said you add it to cementious grout in place of water and it never needs sealing and it makes it stain proof. Anyone use this? Does it clean up easy as regular grout?
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:40 PM   #2
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It's a Mapei product and it's basically a latex additive for cementitious grout. Same concept as Laticrete 1776.

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I'm a Laticrete user only, why would I use the old spectralock, well is its available , no problem, with the new one, only makes my life easier.
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I think the clean up is a bit more difficult. I just use smaller batches. Try to give yourself as many advantages as possible. Use a sealer first, wet first, etc.
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Same here Orlando, I used the older version Of Spectralock so much that it's like using a regular cementious grout.

I've used another product that's added to grout that eliminates the need for sealing, but it's kinda new and the verdict is still out.
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The Grout Boost sold at Lowes is a TEC product. It only works well with TEC grouts. It's basically a liquid polymer. TEC grouts do not have a dry polymer added so the additive works okay with them. Other brands of grout like Mapei and Laticrete have dry polymers already in them. Adding TEC Grout boost puts too much polymer in and makes it a sticky mess to work with. I know Mapei came out with their own version of this with less polymer in the liquid that will compliment their grouts better.
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I've used GB once. sad sack HO got nailed by some chain tile store, but I tried it as they paid something like $80 for it. I didn't like the mix of it, so I added some water and it turned out pretty well. Went in easy, cleaned up easy, but sucked every last molecule of moisture out of our hands up through the shoulders and around your back and down the legs to the ankles, out the feet and into the water supply.

I have no idea how well it works over time though. I'd try it again in a small area, especially since the price somehow may have comedown.
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The Mapei stuff and the TEC stuff is expensive.

HD sells some which is the least expensive at $22/40 oz. I believe.

But who knows what is in each bottle?

It was my understanding it was supposed to help with efforvescence/make everything look more uniform.
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Used it once, too. used the exact ratio to start but found it too dry so I added more (purchased an additonal bottle just for this situation). Didn't like it.

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