Make your tiles pop with a stunning grout

Photos: Flickr/MTA

Stunning tile demands a stunning grout. Flexcolor 3D grout makes tiles “pop” with varying degrees of translucence and iridescence, creating a brilliant rainbow effect in various tints.

MAPEI, the worldwide leader in systems for flooring installations, recently introduced a revolutionary new grout, Flexcolor 3D. This brand-new grout collection will give homeowners, tile installers and designers the opportunity to add multi-faceted effects to their tile installations.

So, what is Flexcolor 3D?  It is a ready-to-use grout that is translucent, it lets light pass through it. 9 of the 10 colors are also iridescent, they reflect some of the light back at different angles. What this means practically is that the grout highlights the colors of the tiles around it.  Where the tiles are dark, the grout appears darker. Where the tiles are light, the grout appears lighter. By choosing a coordinating color, the grout helps to turn a very nice backsplash into a “wow” backsplash that grabs the attention.

Jean Shin Mural "Elevated" at the 63rd St Station
Jean Shin Mural “Elevated” at the 63rd St Station

Because it’s part of the Flexcolor family of grouts, it is based on acrylic technology that eliminates the need to mix multiple components together and is ready to use right out of the bucket.  It is also easy to clean, requires no sealing, and is crack and stain resistant. Flexcolor 3D can be used on porcelain, ceramic, glass and natural stone tile installations.

Flexcolor 3D – A Work of Art

After an extremely competitive evaluation process, MAPEI Flexcolor 3D grout was selected for use in the absolutely stunning tile mosaics that were installed in the new Second Avenue Subway Line. It’s hard to believe that these designs were created with tile.

Vik Muniz 72nd St Station

The MTA chose 4 designers, from a pool of over 300, to treat each new station as their own and create individual installations. Though it may seem unusual for art to be such a major part of a new subway line, it actually a throwback to the early days of the subway, when new stations were carefully embellished with mosaics and other artistic touches.


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