Pepe Corona Daltile Los Angeles CA
Yesterday my good friend Steve Loyola and I got some expert advice from Pepe Corona.
Pepe works the counter at the Daltile showroom and supply house in north Los Angeles just off the 2 Glendale freeway.
I was out in LA taping home improvement videos at Steve's house. One video showed how to repair a broken and cracked Mexican patio tile.
We needed to perfectly match the existing grout between the tiles.
The common premixed colored grout you get at the big box stores was not a match. We needed a custom color.
Laticrete Permacolor® to the Rescue
The day before we discovered that Daltile was only eight miles from Steve's house. We called and discovered they stocked the Laticrete Permacolor® Sanded Grout system.
The Laticrete Permacolor® grout is something I dreamed about forty years ago. It allows you to create any colored grout you want.
You mix small amounts of colored dry pigment powder with pure white sanded grout base to achieve the exact color you need.
The Daltile Oasis of Knowledge
Within minutes of walking up to the counter, I struck up a conversation with Pepe. I asked his associate moments before if they sold a grout release agent.
She asked Pepe to jump into the conversation.
It only took seconds for me to recognize Pepe was no ordinary sales counter clerk.
Steve and I had wandered into a lush oasis of knowledge and Pepe was there ready and waiting to dispense expert advice. He harvested this sweet nectar by working for 30-years in the homes of paying customers. In other words, Pepe is a true professional and you can trust his expert advice.
Forty Years of Expert Advice
I've dealt with counter sales people for over four decades. Some are as dim as a night-light bulb while others are as brilliant as a new LED flashlight.
Pepe is the latter. He's one of the rare craftsmen who has walked the walk for decades working at the homes of paying customers. He knows what works and knows what happens if you take a shortcut or use low-quality materials.
Setting tile and grouting is hard work. Pepe probably decided it's best for his body and mind to let younger men and women take his place in the field while he transitions to a different way to make a living surrounded by the materials and people he's worked with for years.
Many a craftsman does this and you'll do yourself a huge favor by taking the time to find them at off-the-beaten-path places like this Daltile showroom hidden in out-of-the-way places.
Thank Pepe for making my day and Daltile I hope you treat Pepe well so he doesn't end up working at American Olean, Marazzi, Interceramic, or Florida Tile!