The alarm startled me awake at 5:30 this morning. It was the day to apply the epoxy grout to our front stoop. We've worked with epoxy grout before and knew how quickly it hardens in the Hawaiian heat. Art has been checking the weather reports and said this morning would have the coolest temperatures for what we were attempting. We chose to use the epoxy grout because it's supposed to be tough; stain, dirt and mold resistant.
We hurriedly dressed and Art very carefully measured part A and part B. We didn't have an electric paddle mixer so Art created a paddle with a paint stick that he attached to his drill. Then he added part C (the color) and the race was on.
I applied the grout and Art forced the soft texture into the spaces between the tiles. Seeing the sun slowly rise made our task urgent because we remembered how the grout hardened too quickly for us when we did the kitchen. The instructions said we'd have 45 minutes. You'd THINK that was a lot of time but it really isn't! We barely had enough grout towards the end.
Then came the cleaning part. We were supposed to remove the residue immediately, before the grout hardened on the tile and left streaks. This was a different brand of epoxy from the last time and we were surprised that it did NOT harden as quickly. Maybe it was the temperature but the grout was still soft... too soft.
We were actually able to go in, have breakfast and come out to do the initial cleaning on the somewhat hardened grout.
Before we did the final cleaning with a bit of soapy water, we had time to go to Target to buy a folding table which we discovered when we got home had a manufacturer's defect preventing it from unfolding! Doggone it! Now we'll have to go back to Target to return it tomorrow which will probably eat up in gas what we saved on the sale price.
I'm reposting this photo from the other day because my Anonymous Commenter asked for a Before Photo.
Ah well.....it's done! We finished just before dinner. Yae!!! Art says people probably won't even notice that we did all this work.
That's OK. We do.