Priming an old surface is sadly neglected before the start of your tiling projects. This is often overlooked due to the urgency of getting the tiling works underway. De-bonding of the adhesives from concrete sheets or concrete slabs easily occurs over time when there is some movement, heavy traffic, weighted items which causes pressure on the floor. If the sub floor is primed well, issues pertaining to de-bonding is never mentioned. We recommend the use of Mapei Primer G.
Use Mapelastic Aquadefense Type Blue when tiling around wet areas. Just 2 successive coats with a few hours interval between each coats will provide a good moisure barrier. Tiling works can then continue after 24 hours as you normally would.
After searching, sourcing and running tests, we have found Mapei Kerabond PLUS with the inclusion of Mapei Isolastic has proven far better than most tile adhesives in comparison. It left us with generally no issues with bonding, excess removal, working consistency and most importantly how most substrates did not stain or change in appearance. With the exclusion of very porous type materials which most certainly needs a quicker drying system that of Mapei Granirapid. Stone Doctor Australia strongly recommends using Kerabond PLUS as your first choice when selecting adhesives. Available in white or grey.
Granirapid is absolutely essential when working with absorbent, water or moisure sensitive substrates. This waterless systems can eleminate troubled installation issues associated with porous materials and staining. It is always advised to pre-seal the surface with our Lithofin PRO pre-sealer when working with extremely porous materials and to ideally use Granirapid adhesives for installation. Granirapid's quick drying time allows grouting in 2 -3 hours. A clean and successful installation job each time.
Many having not looked at Pre-sealing in the past has lead to stone installation projects being failures. Here at Stone Doctor Australia, we will always remind you that all or most naturals stone types are porous but at varied levels. Some being more absorbent than others and via-versa. However, due to the influx of new materials of which some are hugely porous, they tend to be over absorbent and gets stained easily when it gets in contact with adhesives, grouts, dirt and grime during their installation phase, they tend to catch on to these external factors and get permanently stained. It therefore important to pre-seal your porous type materials before installation or in many occasions before grouting. Our Lithofin Pro water based pre-sealer is an ideal product which has undergone numerous tests over many stone surfaces and has always proven to effectively elliminate issues associated with staining of very porous stone types.
Try one of our specialized stone glues for repair of chips, cracks, fissures, etc.. High strength poly-ester resin glue makes good for joining slabs. Can be polished to a high finish. Our mastics comes in White (Bianco), Beige (Paglierino) & Black (Nero). There is also a Tenax Transparent Solid which is very strong and is usually used behind the surface for adhesion purposes. Try our Tenax Crystal Clear Solid which works very differently from the other glues. It dries to an almost clear hard finish and can be worked on after 24 hours. There are also 6 different colourants to choose from. They are White, Yellow, Red, Brown, Green & Black. These colourants will help colour match these glues for great repair outcomes.
Imported From Germany, made with extreme precision using high grade steel & diamond sections, we are proud to offer a wide selection of stone cutting blades that have different cutting ability to suit the substrate being worked on with a circular saw. Our blades can cut engineered stone types, granite, marble, limestone, slate, sandstone, travertine, glass, porcelain and ceramics. Clean cuts everytime. Kindly review all our blades to choose what suits your job best.
A comprehensive range of tiling tools for tilers from Ardex. High quality and diversity in our tiling tool range makes every tiling job run smoothly. Browse through all the 23 categories of tiling tools we have listed below. You are guaranteed to find a tiling tool you always wished you had. Check out our Tuscan Tile Levelling System, this will give you professional results on your tiling projects everytime.
We strongly recommend that you use our Mapei Ultracolour PLUS grout on all your stone installation products. This lightly sanded grout will not harm polished marble, limestone and travertine during the grouting process. The sand component is relatively fine to cause any harm. There are many colours to choose from. Readily available colours are: White (100), Manhattan (110), Grigio Cemento (113), Anthracite (114), Nero (120) & Beige 2000 (132). Kindly be aware that some very porous stone types will require pre-sealing before grouting. Mapei is a world reknowed brand for tiling adhesives, water proofing, primers, etc..