- Q?Does stone coated with CLEARSTONE look any different?
In most cases it does not look any different, but the coating does tend to enhance some stone and bring out the natural characteristics of the stone. In fact, you might be amazed at the depth it can give to stone.
- Q?Where can CLEARSTONE be used?
The CLEARSTONE coating is ideal for both commercial and residential application. CLEARSTONE coating can be used for bar tops, kitchen tops, vanity tops, furniture, etc. CLEARSTONE can be either applied prior to, or following, installation of a new surface or can be applied after rejuvenating existing stone tops in just about any application that natural stone is used. At the moment the CLEARSTONE coating is mainly used on tops.
- Q?Can hot containers be placed on stone coated with CLEARSTONE?
It is not recommended to place hot pans or hot dishes directly on the surface – always use a protective mat or trivet.
- Q?Is CLEARSTONE scratch resistant?
Following the initial curing of the stone coating, the surface attains a hardness of approximately 2 [similar to that of limestone] on a MOHS scale [used for stone] of 1 to 10 with the maximum hardness of approximately 4-5 [similar to that of marble] being reached by three months, depending on the local temperatures. Scratches may occur prior to full surface hardening but these can be easily removed.
- Q?Can CLEARSTONE be resurfaced?
Yes! The surface can be repolished at any time. If you wish to change the level of gloss it is just a matter of re sanding the surface and polishing to the level required. If in extraordinary circumstances the surface has become heavily scratched it can be recoated with the CLEARSTONE. (Note: If the CLEARSTONE coating is damaged in a small area it can be locally repaired without visible trace.)
- Q?Can CLEARSTONE be repaired if chipped?
Yes! Chips can be repaired locally and when repaired you will not see the join in the resin clear coating.
- Q?Can CLEARSTONE be used to repair chips prior to coating?
Yes, the CLEARSTONE coating can be colored, tinted or filled with stone granules and used as filler for repairs before being applied. It also adds strength to brittle stones that have fault lines and cracks.
- Q?How is CLEARSTONE coating maintained?
The stone coating is a hard-wearing durable surface that is easy to maintain using soapy water or standard cleaning materials – spills simply wipe off. Refer to our ‘Product Care’ details.
Note: Do not use sharp knives or blades directly on the top’s surface – always use a chopping board.
- Q?Is CLEARSTONE stain/chemical resistance?
Yes. We demonstrated the stain resistance at the StoneExpo in Las Vegas in January 2012. In front of hundreds of natural stone restoration experts we applied lemon juice, white vinegar and even permanent marker – leaving them on the surface of a CLEARSTONE coated tile for hours at a time – until the “spills” completely dried. They wiped away with no etching!
- Q?Can CLEARSTONE be applied to granite?
The stone coating has been developed specifically for marble, limestone and sandstone. However, it may be possible to coat some granite but it is recommended that a sample be subjected for trial with our coating. Please contact us for further information.
- Q?Can CLEARSTONE be used to highlight a stone?
Stones such as unfilled travertine have natural cavities which can be filled with clear composite to highlight the features in the stone. We can, on request, also inlay other materials like wood veneer, art work, etc.
- Q?Who can apply CLEARSTONE?
CLEARSTONE should only be applied by an authorized and properly trained applicator. It is important that we use these applicators to ensure you get a professional result.
The CLEARSTONE coating comes with a 15 year warranty when applied by a qualified applicator.