Cross and Question about Tinting Grout

wishdishJuly 21, 2012

I'm making this cross for my sister. I want to grout a very, very light blue (just a hint, really). I've done grout washes before, but sometimes I've found the wash to absorb more in some areas than others, so I want to try tinting. when they say you can tint with acrylic paint, is this in the pic the kind I'm supposed to use? I imagine I can't use very much, so I don't mess with the properties of the grout. I didn't know if they meant the artist's acrylics in the tube. Thanks!

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What a lovely cross ! I use that kind of acrylic paint, yes. Someone told me years ago to start wetting the grout with the paint, mix it in and then finish up with water. It has never affected the grout in strength or anything for me, and I find If I buy the colored grout and dont add the paint I dont like how the grout goes on for me. It makes me wonder if the paint acts like the additive some people use. I also use the darkest shade of paint I can find, and mix my grout on the dry side.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 7:26PM
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Yes, acrylic is a common polymer for concrete. It can make the texture smoother. It also reduces the amount of water required thereby making the mixture stronger.

Beautiful cross! Let us know how it turns out!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 9:56PM
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Thanks for the help. I mixed some grout this morning to check the color, and duh me, yes indeed I need a darker color. The color in this bottle is the color I want to end up with. But of course I need to mix with all that white! Silly me.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 12:13PM
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You might try tinting gray grout to darken your blue..

    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 7:44PM
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thanks wacky, i will try that too. i haven't been able to "play" with it the last couple days. hopefully tomorrow. i have some light gray grout that might work well. thanks for the tip.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 3:18PM
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