Is there such a thing as a clear grout?

peaches89May 9, 2008

I'm having someone install glass backsplash 1x1 tile in my kitchen. Today I used a bathroom in a restaurant that had the same glass tile however I didn't find the tile pretty because what my eyes narrowed in on is the white grout. The white grout totally took away from the beauty of the glass tile.

The directions for my tile say use white thinset and grout joint should be a minimum of 1/16" and not butt set. But is there something else I could use? Or perhaps not have a grout at all???

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Sorry - you need grout, and there's no such thing as clear grout. Clear caulk certainly, but not clear grout.

Try looking at other glass backsplashes until you find a grout color you can live with. A light grey is probably the least intrusive...

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 5:48PM
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What about if I lined the tiles next to each other so that there is no gaps between them?

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 8:37PM
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Bad idea. Glass expands and contracts - even more so than other tiles. If you don't have any gaps the tile will have no room to expand and you'll wind up with cracked / displaced / ruined tiles.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2008 at 8:40PM
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I just found out that colored grout existed. Does anyone know where I can find it?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2008 at 3:03PM
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lowes and home depot sell colored grout.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2008 at 3:19PM
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We have a 1-foot-wide accent strip of 1x1 glass mosaic in our bathroom and we grouted it with a light gray grout (the tiles themselves are a mix of light green, iridescent and non-iridescent, and bronze iridescent) and I think it looks great. The tiles are definitely the focus, not the grout. Our tile guy gave us a choice of about 20 colors of grout as I recall. He recommended the gray and he was right.

Also the 1x1 mosaic tiles come on backing mesh in 1-square-foot sections (or at least ours did), so putting them closer together would be time consuming and, no doubt, expensive.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2008 at 3:55PM
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I'm attaching a link to Oceanside Glass Tile, which is a quality glass tile company with a ton of pix on their website. Try browsing their examples (design ideas and photo gallery) -- it looks like they're usually using light grey or matching the glass color.

Grout comes in a dizzying array of colors (just when you thought you'd made all the decisions, suddenly you have to decide on grout between tiles!). HTH.

Here is a link that might be useful: Oceanside Glass Tile

    Bookmark   May 11, 2008 at 5:39PM
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sw_in_austin - where did you find your tile on mesh?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2008 at 8:47AM
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can't you use caulk between the tiles? Bcs there is clear caulk (unfort. I know, bcs twice I've had folks use clear where they should have used white)

    Bookmark   May 21, 2008 at 10:57AM
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I'm using glass tiles to make a new table top for a chest. I had originally picked a nonsanded grout that matched one of the tile colors (there were many from which to choose). I have subsequently found a clear grout with glass beads embedded in it. I'm not sure if it will be more difficult to use than regular grout (which is really pretty easy), but my caulking skills are below par so that wouldn't be an option. I've seen it available from Loews, but not Home Depot. There are other internet sites that carry it as well. Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 11:22PM
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There are grouts or additives with sparkle/iridesence. Maybe do a sample board to see if it blends with the glass more. Have never seen it used.

Use the 1/16" joint. The wider ones are very pronounced and contrast a lot with a glass material.

You wouldn't want clear. The thinset and It's ridges would show through.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 11:47PM
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