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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! You do need to have your marble sealed with a good quality sealer. Marble is a relatively soft, and porous, stone that will absorb liquids leading to staining.

Sealing your stone with I.C. Stone Protection will offer superior protection against staining and etching for your kitchen bench tops and bathroom vanities.

Granite is a more suitable and durable stone than marble to use for a kitchen bench top. It is more resistant to scratching and heat, and as it does not absorb liquid like marble, it will not stain or etch as easily as marble. It is also more resistant to bacteria as it is less porous.

If you do use marble, then we recommend you use I.C. Stone Protection, a specially formulated polyester based resin that is water clear and will protect your marble surface. If you don’t use a good quality protective sealer on your marble, then expect it to stain and understand that to keep it looking its best will require regular re-polishing and maintenance.

It’s best not to.  Most scouring pads will scratch the surface of natural stone and impact the finish.  It’s better to use just a clean cotton cloth.  If you feel scouring is necessary, feel free to call us first to seek advice.

No. Benchtop granite’s such as Caesarstone, Essa Stone, Smart Stone, Quantum Quartz and other imported reconstituted stone benchtops should not require sealing.

Most brands offer a warranty and in fact some may void your warranty if you seal it.  If staining does occur, first try calling the manufacturer and if you require further assistance, call us at Mirror Image to help determine the right solution for you.

A specially formulated polyester based resin system that is water clear that can be applied to many types of natural stones including marble, sandstone etc. The protection is applied using specifically developed layers to afford the stones surface outstanding stain and chemical resistance.

The IC Stone Protection is finished in such a manner that it does not look artificial or plastic coated and appears as a natural stone factory finish.

Ideal for bars, kitchen benchtops and vanities. The protection can be either applied prior to or following installation of a new top, subject to particular onsite circumstances, such as size or site joints etc.

The protection can also be applied to an existing top to restore a damaged surface.

Note: We recommend that a sample piece of the selected stone be submitted for trial with our composite prior to applying it to the main product, or contact us for advice.

  1. The stone surface is ground to ensure the protection can bond satisfactorily.
  2. The stone surface is chemically cleaned and dried to ensure it is dust and moisture free.
  3. The stone surface is covered with 2 specially developed layers.

IC Stone Protection Prime Layer ICSPPL-071 (Yellow)

IC Stone Protection Top Layer ICSPTL-073 (Red)

Once the top layer has set/dried, the stone bench top may be used prior to finishing.

  1. The stone protection is fine sanded and polished to the required level of gloss.

Our ‘Honed’ finish is recommended for a natural stone look; however the stone protection can be polished to any level of gloss.

Following the initial curing of the stone protection, the surface attains a hardness of approximately 2 [similar to that of limestone] on a MOH scale [used for stone] of 1 to 10 with the maximum hardness of approximately 3.5 – 4 [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.

Whilst one of the additives in our stone protection is an exclusive clear fire retardant, it is not recommended to place hot pans or hot dishes directly on the surface – always use a protective mat.

This needs to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. In the case of onsite application in particular we would need to take into consideration the size, location and any other constraints or circumstances. Please contact us to discuss further.

Yes! The surface can be re-polished as per step [4] at any time.

If in extraordinary circumstances the surface has become heavily scratched it can be re-coated with the I.C. Stone Protection Top Layer.

Note: If the I.C. Stone Protection is damaged in a small area it can be locally repaired.

Yes, the I.C. Stone Protection Prime layer can be coloured, tinted or filled with stone granules for repairs before the ‘Base Prime’ coat is applied.

I.C. Stone Protection should only be applied by Mirror Image Marble.

No.  The stone protection has been developed specifically for marble, travertine and most other calcium carbonate stone.

Marble and Limestone are composed of calcite that is highly sensitive to acid spills which corrodes the surface [etching], thus damaging the polished or honed finish.

Some Marble and Limestone can also be porous and susceptible to staining. Stones such as unfilled ‘Travertine’ have natural cavities that can be filled with clear composite to highlight the features in the stone.

Stones such as Sandstone and Basalts are not receptive to a high honed or polished finish and are easily susceptible to staining.

* Images used are for illustrative purposes only and are not necessarily Mirror Image Marble customers.