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Old 11-18-2012, 10:04 AM   #1
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Chiseled Edge Grouting


I just laid 750 sq. ft. of limestone with a chiseled edge. I grouted yesterday. In the past Ive always grouted flush with the top of the tile and wiped slightly below tile edge. This particular customer wanted the grout recessed so thats what I did. In some places 1/8 to 3/16. Now he wants all the chisels completely grout free.

Im going tomorrow with a dremel and grout cleaning bit to clean it up. I guess my question is, is there a standard way to grout these types of tile or is it customers choice? Any constructive input is appreciated.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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That's a bite. Chisel edge I usually cut down the grout joint with the sponge so it's recessed a little. But some grout will caught up in the edge. Most of it will eventually wear off or can be scrape rather easily because the grout isn't gonna stick well to the fired tile. It just doesn't have anything to really grip to.

A paint stick, small metal or plastic putty knife would probably be enough to dig it out or even a good scrubbing with the white scrubby sponge. A light acid wash like vinegar in the water might help too.

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This particular customer wanted the grout recessed so thats what I did. In some places 1/8 to 3/16.

Now he wants all the chisels completely grout free.
Sounds like a CHANGE ORDER needs to be written
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I would try wire brush in a corner first-either dremel or drill or even manual brush, since the grout is still not cured hard.need to be gentle on limestone...good luck..
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Thanks for the suggestions. Light acid wash and small wire brush will most definitely handle the job. I still have a large porch to do with the same tile. I think I will grout it with a bag and just strike the joints. Has anyone ever tried this method before?
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Over looked the limestone. Acid and limestone don't play well together so don't use very much 1/4 cup/gallon or don't use it at all.
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Thanks, Im almost positive that I can remove it with a brush and some elbow grease. Does the acid stain or discolor the limestone?
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You can use fiillable caulking tubes like these available 24 packs
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Well I say f' em, the floor looks rad.
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Damn that sucks...pics look good. I'm no pro but if someone asked me to do it without any in the groves I'd tape it off.
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Well I say f' em, the floor looks rad.
Thanks . It was a fun floor to lay. The guy is happy with the floor and doesnt mind paying to have the "excess" grout removed. He is a great customer but very particular.
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If he wants the chisels "grout free", just tell him you didn't charge him for the grout inna chisels inna first place.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Light acid wash and small wire brush will most definitely handle the job. I still have a large porch to do with the same tile. I think I will grout it with a bag and just strike the joints. Has anyone ever tried this method before?
I've used a grout bag for limestone floors before and had really good luck with it. I went out looking for the caulk tubes that Astor mentioned but could not find them in town so I went for the grout bag. Helps if you have some practice with the bag but once you've got control over the tool it works like a charm.

Good luck and keep them edges clean.
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I've used a grout bag for limestone floors before and had really good luck with it. I went out looking for the caulk tubes that Astor mentioned but could not find them in town so I went for the grout bag. Helps if you have some practice with the bag but once you've got control over the tool it works like a charm.

Good luck and keep them edges clean.
Thanks. Im definitely going to use a bag on the porch. I used a stiff bristle wire brush and a damp sponge on the chisels and they cleaned up great.
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I've used a grout bag for limestone floors before and had really good luck with it. I went out looking for the caulk tubes that Astor mentioned but could not find them in town so I went for the grout bag. Helps if you have some practice with the bag but once you've got control over the tool it works like a charm.

Good luck and keep them edges clean.
Grout bag is pretty hard to squeeze after a few feet, I tired to use one and ended up putting it in the garbage grout and all. Buy a bulk gun.
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I can not handle the bag,gets my hands sore..
Tubes are available online, did not see at hardware stores around here.
"34 bucks+ shipment for 24 tubes" is not a bad deal..for continuous use usually one tube is enough..
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Just an FYI guys - you can make your own "fill-able" caulk tube... Just use an air compressor and some common sense A quick hit with the blower will pop the pusher cap right out of a used tube. Clean it out with the hose and re-pack it with your flavor of choice and pop the cap back in and your in business. I bet you all have at least a tube or three nearly empty tubes of alex plus in the truck right now
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Mr Ash NEVER use an acid based solution on natural stone products.
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I didnt. I used a stiff bristle wire brush and sponge. Worked fine. I used a grout bag for the porch. Cant really tell the difference in the two but the customer is pleased.
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