What stone glue should we choose to achieve the expected resistance and finish?
These are some of the doubts that arise when choosing the correct stone glue. With which to join marble, porcelain, granite, ceramic or quartz agglomerate. Putties and resins are among the most demanded products by marble workers or sculptors, who use them daily. The most demanded chemical characteristic in these adhesives is that after hardening, they acquire the properties of stone. As is its hardness and its color.
ADHESIVE FORMATS FOR STONE
The formats in which we can find these adhesives depend a lot on their composition, use and application. On the one hand, there would be liquids and on the other the solids that exist in putty, paste or silicone format.
Within these two divisions we can distinguish between:
One-component adhesives, which do not need the help of a catalyst for hardening.
And two-component adhesives, which are those that do need a catalyst. Due to this mixture, a stone-like hardening and appearance will be created.
Catalysis is a process by which the rate of chemical reaction is increased, thanks to the participation of a substance called a catalyst. With the use of the catalyst, the setting of the stone glue is accelerated.
TYPES OF STONE GLUE
In the market we find them for sale with different chemical formulas. So therefore, we can find putties, silicones, resins, pastes and glues.
Epoxy: It is an epoxy or polyepoxide stone glue, which is a thermosetting polymer that hardens with the mixture of a catalyst or hardener.
Polyurethane: This type of adhesive has its chemical base in isocyanate. They are characterized by being elastic during application and by being highly rigid after drying. Which provides great resistanceia.
Polyester: The chemical base of this adhesive starts from the elastomer, which is characterized by its flexibility and transparency.La base química de este adhesivo parte del elastómero, el cual se caracteriza por su flexibilidad y transparencia.
Catalyst: It is the chemical component that certain stone glues need and that causes the acceleration in the hardening process of these. This gives it toughness, but does not alter the appearance and final result.
APPLICATION OF THE GLUE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR
Vertically for walls or horizontally for countertops and tiles
When choosing a stone glue, the first thing we must take into account is the place where the piece that we are going to join will be placed.
- If it is the covering of walls and therefore a vertical work, the use of putties is the most advisable. This is because it allows its molding.
- We can also work horizontally, as in the union of a countertop. For this job, liquid glues or glue are more manageable and cover the pores.
Most of the adhesives on the market withstand normal humidity and temperature conditions. However, on many occasions the coating will be subjected to extreme situations and therefore we need a more specific glue. For this, epoxy-based and polyester-based ones are the most suitable, since they withstand large thermal expansion and high humidity situations.
Why choose the BelCare range of adhesives or putties?
From the hand of Maser, specialists and professionals in the stone sector for more than 45 years. BelCare is the range created and formulated by Maser for surface treatment.
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A professional range of putties and adhesives, very complete and of the highest quality. With specific glues for different surfaces and purposes.
TRANSPARENT PUTTY FOR STONE OR COLORED
Restoration, marble, Travertine, porcelain, quartz, granite
Another element to take into account is the type of finish of the joints, visible or hidden joints, holes, etc. Today, there is a wide variety of products. Thanks to this, we can find the color that best suits that of the stone.
- For restoration work, the most convenient is the use of transparent products. This stone glue will go unnoticed, offering a clean, transparent and colorless bond. Which guarantees a less shocking result.
- This type of transparent stone putty is the one commonly used in Travertine marble. To fill in the gaps that make it so characteristic.
- A solid color mix will be perfect in the case of porcelain, quartz or granite, if we want the joint to go unnoticed. In addition, after its application we can polish it like a normal stone, obtaining an impeccable natural shine and transparency.
The Bellinzoni company is founded in 1937 in Milan (Italy). It stands out for the research and development of innovative products with a high quality profile. Developed mainly for the stone market, they provide solutions to all the problems that have occurred in recent years, on an almost centennial path.
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