MAPEI's new Flexcolor CQ is a water-based styrene acrylic co-polymer with a proprietary admixture package using coated quartz aggregate technology. This next-generation grout offers a triple benefit to installers: workability, cleanability and color consistency.
"We are focusing on the commercial installer, to bring them MAPEI quality with the ease of ready-to-use grout," said David Mowery, tile and stone Installation systems business manager for color products and the UltraCare line. "This is not the old-style premixed grout, but a next-generation product that is simple to apply and almost effortless to clean. It leaves little to no haze on the tile after the initial wash."
In addition, Flexcolor CQ should eliminate callbacks from consumers about grout not being color-consistent throughout the area of their tile floor. "This product combines chemical resistance and stain resistance comparable to epoxy grouts with the abrasion resistance of cementitious grout to bring the end user an ease of maintenance never experienced before," Mowery added. "Plus, MAPEI Flexcolor CQ's ability to rebond over an existing installation ensures flush joints and easy touch-up of any damaged joints or tile replacement in the future."
Flexcolor CQ is available in 26 colors. It can be purchased in both 1-gallon (3,79 L) and 2-gallon (7,57 L) plastic pails with EZ-Store pail design and a flip-top resealable lid. Coverage is approximately 100 square feet per gallon (2,45 m2 per L), based on a 12" x 12" x 3/8" (30 cm x 30 cm x 10 mm) thick tile with a ¼-inch (6 mm) grout joint. The 1-gallon (3,79 L) coverage is comparable to a 10-lb. (4,54 kg) bag of cementitious grout powder, and the 2-gallon (7,57 L) coverage is close to a 25-lb. (11,3 kg) powder bag.
Flexcolor CQ can be purchased by professional tile and stone installers through MAPEI distributors. MAPEI sales representatives are also available to provide additional information and training on the use of this new breed of grout.