TEC® Skill Set™ DesignColor™ Grout


TEC® Skill Set™ DesignColor™ Grout is our latest grout innovation! Available in over 100 grout colors in stock at Lowe's®.

TEC® Skill Set™ DesignColor™ Grout is a polymer enhanced, sanded Portland cement grout for grouting joints 1/16” to 1/2” wide. Just mix with water. For interior/exterior use.*

  • For use on floors and walls (covers sanded and unsanded joints 1/16" to 1/2" wide)
  • Specially designed to mix with DesignColor™ Grout Color options/mixes; 32 interchangeable and unique color mixes formulated as grout colors for tile
  • For interior and exterior use
  • Highly durable and wear resistant grout color options
  • May contribute to LEED certification project points
  • For added performance and stain resistance, use Grout Boost in place of water
  • Use with TEC Skill Set Unsanded Caulks for dry areas and TEC Skill Set Silicone Caulk for wet areas
  • Product components: (1) 12.5 lb. plastic bag of DesignColor™ Grout Base + (2) Color mix containers

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*For exterior applications it is required to use Grout Boost® in place of water as directed on Grout Boost® label. Refer to Grout Boost® packaging for product capabilities, instructions and limitations. The use of Grout Boost® requires a minimum of 3 days to cure, prior to getting wet.

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Physical Properties



Physical State

Dry Powder



Base-white, Cups-color


Pot life

1 to 2 hours


Initial cure (at 72 degrees F)

24 hours


Final Cure

21 days


Foot Traffic Rating (ASTM C627)

Residential to extra heavy commercial



Store indoors in cool, dry area away from direct sunlight. Do not store open containers


Shelf Life

Maximum 1 year from date of manufacture in properly stored, unopened container.




Surface Preparation
Proper preparation of the tile and joint surfaces is important and will help promote a quality installation. The joints between the tiles should be free from foreign materials, and be at least 2⁄3 of the thickness of the tile in depth. High ridges of adhesive or mortar should be raked out. Rubber or plastic tile spacers, if used, should be removed prior to grouting. Tiles should be held firmly in place according to manufacturer’s instructions before grouting.

When DesignColor™ Grout is mixed with water and used under dry or hot conditions, the tile should be dampened with a wet sponge prior to grouting. Avoid any accumulation of water in joints.
Due to rough surface texture or high porosity, some tiles require sealing prior to grouting. Consult the tile manufacturer’s/fabricator’s literature for advice regarding this point. HBF-CP recommends the use of a tile presealer for protecting your tile or stone from grout staining during installation.

Notes: Certain tile surfaces, including polished marble, glass, or metal tile can be scratched, stained or damaged when grouted with sanded/colored grout. Follow tile manufacturer / fabricator recommendations or test a small area prior to use to determine suitability. Use of TEC® Skill Set Unsanded Grout may be appropriate for many tiles not suitable for use with sanded grout.
For industrial and commercial installations where chemical resistance is required, use an epoxy grout in accordance with ANSI A118.3 recommendations.

Mixing – With Water
For best results, maintain all tiling materials, substrates, room and adhesives at 50º-70ºF (10º-21ºC) for 24 hours before and 48 hours after installation. Add water to clean mixing container as specified in the chart below:

DesignColor Grout


12.5 lb bag

1.25-1.5 quarts

Stir in contents from 2 color mix jars using a paint stick or like tool. Stir for 10 seconds. Add Grout Base to color mixed water. Mix with drill on low speed (300 rpm). Mix well for a minimum of 2 minutes.
Avoid breathing dust and contact with eyes and skin. Allow mixture to “slake” (sit in the container) for 10 minutes. Slaking allows the water, Portland cement and other ingredients to react properly. Remix for 1-2 minutes before using. The working time (pot life) when mixed this way is approximately 1-2 hours. If grout stiffens up during use, re-mix for 1 minute to return to normal consistency. Do not add additional water.

Mixing – with Grout Boost®
For exterior or other applications subjected to freeze/thaw conditions or other ANSI A118.7 applications, use Grout Boost® in place of water where increased flexibility is desired or high water resistance is required.

Fully pack the joints between the tiles by spreading DesignColor™ Grout with a clean, hard rubber float. Work only a small area at one time [5-10 sq. ft.]. Apply in a diagonal direction across the joint lines to prevent the grout from being dragged out of the joints. Go over each area several times from all directions to make sure that the grout is fully packed in. Remove any excess grout from the surface of the tile by holding the float at a 90º angle to the surface and moving it diagonally across the joints. Repeat the entire process until all joints are grouted.

Clean Up
Allow the grout to firm up in the joints, 15-30 minutes for grout mixed with water. Lightly touch grout with your finger after 15-30 minutes. Grout should be firm, not soft. If no residue transfers to your finger, grout is ready to be cleaned. Wet a grout sponge in a pail containing cool, clean water and wring out all excess liquid. Move the dampened sponge across the tiles diagonally to smooth the grout down to the proper height for the joint. Continue this procedure, repeatedly rinsing the sponge in clean water (changing out the dirty rinse water with clean water as needed) and wringing out excess liquid. Do not allow excess cleaning water to remain on the surface of the grout joint. Allow the grout to dry an additional hour before removing any remaining grout residue with a dampened terrycloth towel. For removing any remaining grout residue, contact HBF-CP technical support.

Protect the finished installation from traffic or impact for at least 24 hours; from water immersion or freezing for at least 72 hours. The use of Grout Boost® requires a minimum of 3 days to cure, prior to getting wet. No sealer required if mixed with Grout Boost®. If grout has not been mixed with Grout Boost®, sealing is recommended. Consult sealer directions for proper application


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