1. What is SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium epoxy grout?
SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium, stain proof epoxy grout is epoxy based joint filling material for tile / stone joints, used in internal areas. This grout is revolutionary new epoxy grout which is easy to mix and apply.
2. What is the pack size of SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium, epoxy grout?
There are two pack sizes available: 1 Kg and 5 Kg.
3. Where can I use this grout?
You can use SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium, epoxy grout for internal and external (Covered) areas like residential, commercial, Industrial floors and walls to install in the joints of ceramic / vitrified/ glass mosaic/metal tiles and engineered marble/quartz stones, natural stones etc. One can use epoxy grout in kitchens, wash rooms, swimming pools, food courts, corridors, halls and water bodies.
4. How much water is to be mixed with SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout?
No water should be mixed with this product. It is a resin based pre-packed grout which has three components, namely Part A, Part B and filler powder Part C. Only these components should be mixed to make grout which is easy to apply and clean.
5. What is preparation to be done before application of SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium?
The following preparation must be done before application of SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout:
a) Clean the surface of the tiles and joints free of dust and debris with wet cloth or sponge. Remove spacers from the joints.
b) Find out if the tiles were washed with acid based cleaners. If washed with acid based cleaners, wash the tiles again with plenty of clean water to remove any acidic remains in the joints.
c) Don’t allow water to stand in the grout joints prior to grouting. Allow the joints to become dry.
d) Check if all the tools and sufficient grout material is available for completion of job without any disturbance.
e) Cordon off the area and don’t allow any traffic after cleaning the joints.
6. What are the precautions to be taken while
applying SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout?
The following precautions are very important and critical while application of SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium, epoxy grout:
a) Don’t do part mixing. The grout components are pre-packed and need to be used completely. For small areas, use small packs. Mix liquid components (Part A and Part B) first and then add filler powder to the already mixed liquid.
b) Do not mix the grout in dirty pails, buckets. Always use clean pail to get the best results.
c) Use gloves while mixing and applying the epoxy grout. A pair of gloves is provided in the grout pack.
d) Don’t use putty blades for application of grout: Putty blades are metallic blades which will leave scratches on the tile surface. ALWAYS USE RUBBER FLOATS so that the tile doesn’t get scratched.
e) Don’t allow any other works like plumbing, electrical fittings, plastering, tiling or painting to be done in the grouting area while applying the epoxy grout. If there is dust in the air, it settles down on the grouted joint which will be difficult to remove. Don’t allow any traffic other than people who are working with epoxy grout.
f) Start initial cleaning with the sponge provided in the kit in about 25 to 30 minutes time from the time of filling up of joints. If not done, it is difficult to remove the grout haze and excess grout after couple of hours. Final cleaning must be carried out after 24 hours from the time of first cleaning.
g) Do not smoke while working with the epoxy grout. Do not allow any fire producing elements to the site while working with epoxy grout.
h) Always use potable quality clean water for first and final cleaning of the grout joints.
7. When can I allow foot traffic and heavy traffic on floor joints filled with SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout?
Foot traffic is allowed after 48 hours from the final cleaning of the grout. Heavy traffic is allowed only after 14 days from the day of final cleaning of grout joints. For water bodies, it is recommended to fill the water only after 10 days from the day of final cleaning.
8. What is the minimum size and maximum size of joint that can be filled using SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout?
The minimum width of joint should be 0.5 mm and maximum size (width) of joint should be 15mm for installation with SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout. If you are installing grout in joints wider than 15mm ask MYK LATICRETE team member for a suitable epoxy grout.
9. Can I use SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout for external tile joint filling?
No. One can use SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout for covered areas only in case of exterior tile/stone joint installation. This product is not suitable for external facades and floors if they are not covered.
10. But if I have a swimming pool or water body in the exterior, can I use SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout?
Yes. When you want to fill tile joints of water bodies and pools with SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout, you can do so by leaving one joint at every 12 ft distance in both directions. These joints can be subsequently filled using a silicone sealant. For further details, seek advice from MYK LATICRETE team member.,
11. What are the advantages of SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout?
The biggest advantage is it is 100% stain proof and does not allow any stains to form on joints due to spillage of different food materials, beverages etc. Besides this, it does not crack, powder or disintegrate with time. It can be safely used in kitchens and bathrooms, hence makes the floors and walls very hygienic. It also fills the joints as narrow as 0.5mm which is another major advantage.
For the installer, the advantage is that it is as easy as mixing a cement grout, no odor (Bad smell) while working with the grout.
12. What is the advantage of SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout in swimming pools and wash rooms?
SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium, when used in swimming pools resists the attack of chlorination of water in the pool. Normal cement based grouts disintegrate due to this chlorination of swimming pool water.
Our wash rooms are usually cleaned with locally purchased acids which immediately attack the joints. If the joints are filled with cement or cement based grout, they get neutralized in a short period and turn black. Later you will see the cement gone and joints open up leading to all kinds of problems like water leakages and paints peeling off. All this can be avoided with SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout as it efficiently resists the attack of acids used for cleaning the wash rooms.
13. Do I get the color that I like to match my tiles?
SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout is available in 20 attractive colors to suit your taste of choice of tiles. Please note that there are 5 new colors introduced which match the contemporary tile designs besides 15 regular fast moving colors.
14. Can I use this product for industrial floor tiling?
Yes. For food and beverage industry, this product can be used. This is not a suitable product for industries where the surfaces are attacked by stronger chemicals like high concentrated acids, alkalis etc. For such industries, it is recommended to use Latapoxy 2000, Industrial epoxy grout.
15. Can I do the application of SpectraLOCK® Pro Premium grout myself?
Though the product is easy to use, it is always recommended to have an experienced application contractor engaged for installation of SpectraLOCK® grout. Follow all the precautions specified above while applying the epoxy grout. Seek the help of MYK LATICRETE team member for application.