Epoxy Stone Maintenance.

May 16, 2019
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A customer asks, “I have a patio with Chattahoochee or Chattahoochee like stone glued together with epoxy. It is no longer shinny and the stone is starting to come loose. What is causing this and what should I do about it?”

It sounds like you have a stone that was installed with Epoxy.com Product #17 – www.epoxy.com/17.aspx – or some other brand of stone adhesive. We tell all of our customers that install epoxied stone that they need to maintain by re-glazing it periodically. Unfortunately, not everyone is as forthright as us in telling their customers this.

We recommend you take these steps every spring and fall so you can enjoy your epoxied stone year-round.

1. Look at you epoxy stone and look determine if it needs maintenance. If it is still shinny and you don’t have loose stone, then you are done. Come back and do this step again in 6 months.

2. Clean your stone to remove algae, mold, oil, grease and any other contaminants from it. Typically, contamination is just algae and mold and can be removed with a weak Clorox and water combination with a thorough rinse with a hose or gentle pressure wash. Allow your stone to dry completely before proceeding.

3. Determine if it has only lost its shine or if you have loose stone. Decide if sections of the stone are so loose that they need to be reinstalled with Product #17 (4 below) or if there are just a few to no loose stones and you just want to re-glaze it (5 below).

4. If stone needs to be picked up and reinstalled in areas do that with Epoxy.com Product #17. Contact Epoxy.com Technical support for the amount of product you need. We can also go over the reinstallation of these areas with you. If the stone is sound or has just a few stones that you are not worried about replacing you can proceed to 4 below.

5. Apply 1-2 coats of Epoxy.com Product #15 (depending on how bad the stone has weathered) to the top of your clean dry stone. This will give you back your original shine and strengthen the interface (bond line) between the stones. Product #15 is the best product to do this with as experience has shown it lasts 1.5 to 2 times longer than convention epoxies used for this application.

6. CAUTION: You can find single component so called “Chattahoochee” . These sealers add shine to your epoxy stone but do not strengthen the interface between the stone. Using this kind of sealer can ruin your epoxy stone. Once these inexpensive sealers are on they are difficult to impossible to remove. Making it optionally impossible to ever re-glaze the epoxy stone properly again.

As always when in doubt contact Epoxy.com Technical support at info@epoxy.com or by calling 352-533-2167.


Maintaining Epoxy Stone

May 17, 2016

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Product #17 Epoxy Stone Overlay, with mixed stone sizes

It is that time of year again. If you have Epoxy Stone Overlays you know it gives  beautiful natural look. The Epoxy Stone Overlay looks like wet shinny rock. It allows water to flow more naturally, giving you additional drainage in areas that you are walking where you feet might get wet if it is raining or near a water source like a pool.

As time goes by your stone will get less shinny.  This is not just an esthetic issue.  The

Epoxy stone overlays need to be reglazed from time to time. That is true about epoxy stone overlay systems available from us or from anyone else. In some parts of the country in the direct sunlight this could be every year. Other parts of the country with less sun might be 5 or more years. If you wait to long to reseal your stone it will start failing as the bond breaks down between the individual stones. The stones will then start becoming loose. If not resealed soon enough eventially the whole system will fail. Sealing at proper intervals with the right material is the only way to prevent this.

If you don’t want a system you need to maintain, we have other (non rock) systems that require little or no maintanance.

Resealing the Epoxy Stone Overlay.

Product #15 Chemical Resistant Epoxy Floor Resurfacing System is typically used for resealing epoxy bonded stone. Product #15 Chemical Resistant Resurfacing system oxidizes much slower than other epoxies, and usually last much longer than other epoxies used for reglazing epoxied stone pebbles. You don’t want to use other epoxies that oxidize excessively unless you are willing to reglaze 1.5 to 2 times more often than with Product #15.

The Product #15 Epoxy to reseal your stone not only adds shine back but actually reinforces the connections between the stone. Never use acrylic and other sealers commonly sold at big box stores to reseal your stone. These non-epoxy sealers add shine back to the stone, but doesn’t do anything to reinforce the bond between the individual stones. Worse yet unless the single component non-epoxy sealers have totally been warn away, they will act as a bond breaker preventing future epoxy resealing from getting to the surfaces they need to get to, in order to give you your original strenth back.


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