Stone is a well-known method of finishing interiors, gardens and even graves. Natural, artificial and even quartz stones are available for sale. Many of the uses of stone materials carry a risk of damage. A beautiful stone walkway can have close contact with a falling tool like a hammer, and a kitchen countertop often exposed to pressure, cutting and temperature changes at joints becomes less solid and durable with time. So when the tabletop is chipped, the joint is broken or the edge is chipped, is the only option to replace the entire element? However, is it possible to try to save the appearance of the stone in a cheaper way?

Adhesives, putties and dyes as first aid in the repair of stone finishes

When thinking about how we can remedy the destruction of material made of stone, the first advice is to choose the right products. Whether we want to repair ourselves or commission a specialist, the way to choose the right technique, tools and products will be the same. When choosing products for the repair of cavities and damaged surfaces, you have a choice of adhesives and putties. The former are perfect for vertical surfaces. Where the cavities are not too large, it is important for us not to use too much of the product so that it does not spread over the entire surface, creating more damage. Putty, on the other hand, is perfect for larger irregular shaped damages In stores, you can find many ready-made putties of a specific color, but if it turns out that our colors are not available, nothing happens. Then it is worth thinking about the dye. When choosing a color, however, remember to compare the shade with our stone before applying with the mixed putty. There can always be a difference due to e.g. the time the stone has been exposed to a change in lighting and temperature, or due to the normal abrasion of the surface. It rarely happens that the color for many years is the same as the color selected at the time of purchase. The next step we will take during the repair is to thoroughly clean the damaged surface. Remember to do it with the right products so as not to damage the coating. Then, when choosing an adhesive for marble, granite, quartz or concrete (if we connect two types of stone, carefully check whether the adhesive or putty is suitable for this), first check how flexible the product is to know how much time we have to model it. On the cleaned surface, if necessary, you can also lightly sand the joints to make it easier to introduce the refilling product. A previously made form may also be useful, e.g. from cardboard or wood, so that the defect does not lose its form before the product sets and starts to harden.

How to choose products?

If we decide to fill the gaps or damages ourselves, it is worth investing in good quality products. Of course, on various forums there will be advice on what cheap replacement we can also manage, but always remember that the end result will be with us for years, and we do not like to look at unsightly, poorly done works. Therefore, it is worth seeking advice from specialists. Nowadays it is so simple that it is enough to send an inquiry via e-mail, and usually shops selling this type of products will be happy to help you choose the right material. The final decision is ours anyway, or at least we are sure that we have done everything we can to professionally repair the damage.