Finished Grout color does not match sample: arghhhh!
I did a search here for grout colorants but still need more info.
My floor tile was grouted today. The color is significantly lighter than on the sample I used to select it. They had a Mapei grout color kit in Lowe's that had various plastic bars used to choose the color. I had a dead on match with my tile, and special ordered the unsanded grout in Camel. I did a test today before they were ready and my test was at least 3 shades lighter than the kit sample, OR my tile. Since this was special order, as most unsanded grouts seen to be, I could not go out and find something else in time. They had to go ahead and grout today.
Now I can see it drying (it's about 7 hours after they finished) and I can see it lightening up just like my test: about 3 shades too light.
Is there any chance this will darken? (No, I'm not hoping for the influence of dirt!) Am I jumping the gun? I tried putting some Aquamix High-Gloss sealer on my dried test piece, in the hopes that that would help, but I honestly can't say it looks any darker (just shinier).
I've read about grout colorants here but am skeptical about picking out the right shade from an online color chart. After all, my grout looks nothing like the color sample I actually used in person.