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Old 12-20-2012, 09:23 AM   #1
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Epoxy For Tumbled Marble


Any opinions about epoxy grout for the walls of a tub surround, with tumbled marble? I'm not super-thrilled with the tumbled marble, which I see as a water-absorber, but the H.O. bought it himself, with someone else's advice. It will be sealed well. Urethane grout would be easier, but for availability and schedule reasons I probably need to go with epoxy. Any warnings about epoxy on tumbled marble? Should I seal before grouting?

It's over Kerdi over Hardibacker.

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Re: Epoxy For Tumbled Marble


We have installed thousands of tumbled marble showers and tub surrounds.Epoxy grout will work perfect for you.No need to pre seal as epoxy grout will not stain the stone..Make sure you follow the directions of the Mfg.Good luck.

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I'm the epoxy grout king.. I love using that stuff. I always , and strongly recommend it in kitchen backsplash. You CANNOT GO WRONG.. As far as clean up, use a white scrubby to get into the pits, you won't get too much but enough to get it clean.
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Thanks for the advice. I've used epoxy with porcelain and ceramic tiles before, but not with stone. I had started to think of urethane as being the replacement for epoxy, but it's really not entirely. In this case, in addition to availability issues, the bath needs to be in service a couple days after grouting, which I believe is a point in favor of epoxy instead of urethane.

Burning the candle at both ends to get an owner into his house before the New Year. Tiled today, will grout Monday and Wednesday.

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Just following up to say thanks. I'm not sure what I was worried about; the project is done, the epoxy and tumbled marble are looking and functioning great. The H.O.'s happy, too.
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Photos before sealing. It was a condo remodel with everything new in the bath. The owner had purchased the mural beforehand, and wanted it installed in the bath. But the folks who sold it hadn't mentioned, in fact they didn't know, that it was acrylic paint, not glazed. It wouldn't have lasted in the shower/tub, so we put it on the wall outside.
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