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Beautiful textures and colors. They are much easier to clean than glass top tables that must be cleaned top and underneath and in frame crevices. Most, but not all Agio tabletops have been sealed with our S-B-S Sealer since 2004. Before restoring the finish, it is important for you to know, if possible, if your tabletop has the Aldon sealer or some other.
How to determine what sealer is on your table:
. Safety! The restoration process is not often, but is done by homeowners. Therefore, the new sealer application must be safe and that means non-flammable. Most sealers you see in stores are flammable, S-B-S Sealer in not flammable.
. Thermal expansion/contraction effect on sealer bond - Even though it is recommended to cover and store away the tables in the off season, the sealer must stand up to year round exposure. In the summer, the table will expand as it heats up and then shrink as it cools down at night. This movement can break the bond if the sealer does not allow for it. And, that movement goes on for months and years. This is much different than typical lab test. S-B-S Sealer is formulated to move with the tables expansion/contraction cycles without losing bond (peeling).
. Ease of restoration for homeowners - S-B-S Sealer can be restored in most cases by just spraying on more sealer. No need to strip it. The new sealer melts the old sealer (compatibility) and they melt together on and below the surface. If S-B-S Sealer does need to be removed, all it takes is lacquer thinner to melt it, wipe away, dry for 2 minutes, spray again with the sealer.
. Some stones (limestone and marble) will etch from acidic liquids. Such as wine, fruit juices, some cleaners. Therefore, S-B-S Sealer creates a barrier so the liquid cannot contact the stone. Even something as powerful as muriatic (swimming pool) acid cannot get through.
. Furniture manufacturers use new and different materials every year to upgrade their products. The sealer must work the same on any material they might use.
Aldon S-B-S Sealer was applied to tabletops beginning 2004 and through 2011 to the best of our knowledge. During the production of October-January of 2012 this changed for some of the tabletops when the factory ran out of sealer and had to use one locally available in China. Production runs beginning October 2013 were again using S-B-S Sealer. This changed again for the production run October 2016 when another China sealer was used. We are not confident about these dates, but this should be close. Restoration Notes:
. You probably will not know for sure what sealer is on your tabletop, but that is not a problem. So, here is what to look for.
. If the sealer has not performed as described above, consider it to be a different sealer. If lacquer thinner does not remove the sealer as we show in our video, you will need our Premium Stripper. . If the sealer does remove with lacquer thinner, as does S-B-S Sealer, make sure you are down to the natural, duller finish of the stone over the whole surface. It might be S-B-S Sealer that was there, but test a small area to make sure the new S-B-S Sealer will bond with whatever sealer is down below in the stone below the surface. Any questions or concerns? Just contact us.
Angle cushions like this and water just runs off and does not pool. Result is they dry out much faster.
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S-B-S Sealer is the product for all hard surface table tops - indoors or outdoors. For these small projects, the aerosols are suggested to achieve the desired self-leveling finish and make the project very fast and easy. How to take from a gallon and make an aerosol application.
The balance of this page refers only to
tabletops sealed with Aldon S-B-S Sealer.
. Provide an extremely high level of protection from all stains and acidic liquids. Marble and limestone will etch from acidic liquids and ruin the finish if not protected. However, we show you how to salvage this unfortunate situation.
. Does not require frequent re-application by the homeowner.
. Is easily repaired if a disaster occurs.
. Does not require specialized knowledge or skill from the homeowner.
. Is safe for the homeowner. Most sealers are flammable, Aldon S-B-S Sealer in non-flammable.
. Is safe for the atmosphere. Aldon S-B-S Sealer meets all VOC requirements.
. Will not break down with outdoor use. S-B-S Sealer is also used on patio flooring and driveways.
. Create a customizable gloss level from matte to high gloss with additional coatings.
. Enhance and bring to life the natural colors of stones.
. Have a performance history of many years. S-B-S Sealer has been in use since 1984. Here are a few features that will make a difference to your long term care requirements:
. Aldon S-B-S Sealer has been used since 1984 - indoor and outdoors, desert heat and mountain cold. It does not have the "indoor only" limitation of many sealers.
. Aldon S-B-S Sealer does not breakdown from ultra violet light or anything else that would require additional sealing in a few months or every year..
. Aldon S-B-S Sealer was created for, and has been used, on flooring - an obviously more abusive condition than that experienced by a tabletop.
. Aldon S-B-S Sealer protects stones (limestones and marbles) that react with acidic liquids to create a dulling of the finish (surface etching). That includes all the things that can be dropped on a table, like wines, liquors, fruit juices, lemon/lime slices, etc.
. Obviously, it is best to cover your table when not in use. However, the sealer is very easy to repair and, therefore, any damage to the sealer is not a crises. Therefore, your need to care for this tabletop is only simple cleaning. No spill can get at your tile or stone so long as the sealer is maintained. Note: "Disaster recovery" is discussed below and is unbelievably simple and easy.
To see a video of sealer application to a fire pit, click the picture. Care and Maintenance: ............ Keeping it Simple!
To see a full video of the sealer stripping / spraying process:
If using lacquer thinner- pour a small puddle - wipe off before it dries with a clean white cloth. Repeat as necessary.
Apply S-B-S Sealer to the area and allow a little to flow into the surrounding undamaged sealer area. The new sealer will "melt" the old and all will self-level to a new finish.
If using lacquer thinner, pour a small puddle - wipe off before it dries with a clean white cloth. Repeat as necessary.
See Aldon "Fine Stone Restoration" for the process of polishing out the scratches in limestone and marble. See below for the grout.
Apply Aldon S-B-S Sealer to the area and allow a little to flow into the surrounding undamaged sealer area. The new sealer will "melt" the old and all will self-level to a new finish.
Scratches in the grout.
Repairing pits or holes?
Small white spots under the sealer?
Easiest - simply spray with sealer. New sealer will melt old and create a new finish. Usually, this is all that is needed. If the condition happens again, you can spray again or do this following more thorough surface preparation.
More thorough surface preparation: Remove old sealer with lacquer thinner. Then aggressively polish the entire stone top surface with #0000 steel wool. This is a very fine steel wool used for polishing smooth surfaces. When done, clean dust off with soap and water, rinse with plain water and thoroughly dry. Then spray with sealer.
Note: Use only S-B-S Sealer to repair the finish. The concept is "Do not risk incompatibility". We know what additional S-B-S Sealer does with the original S-B-S Sealer, but have no idea what a different sealer might do. A new application of S-B-S Sealer will "melt" the old S-B-S Sealer and they will flow together and tightly bond.
Canadian customers: All Aldon products are available from our Canada distributor. There is a link on the "Your Project List" page.
Easy Care Products: for any floor.Note: "Insta-Clean" is used for overall cleaning of patio furniture. Including food spills, bird and tree droppings, etc.
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"Maintain" - for no streak wet mopping of Agio tables and all other types of flooring.
"Dust Whiz" - easy dry mop dust pickup at 1,000 sq. ft. in 3 minutes.
Items of Interest
How to select a sealer
An Aldon sealer does far more than just bead water and look pretty! To see what that is click here.
Your results may vary somewhat from these pictures due to variations in computer display and the surface materials themselves. Nevertheless, you will be able to see the differences well enough to make good choices.
Important: If your project has had any sealer applied in the past, it must be evaluated differently. To see why, Click here!
Sealer "solids" levels?
Lowest: SBS Sealer
Next level Higher: Penetrating Paver Sealer
Another level higher: Porous Stone Sealer
Highest level: Mexiglaze A porous surface will require more gallons (more money) of a lower solids sealer than using a higher solids level sealer. That, plus different surfaces have different requirements, is why we make the different solids levels. They all work as described, so it is only a matter of which is best for your needs.
The more porous the surface, the more solids will be required to achieve the desired effects of gloss, strengthening, stopping efflorescence, etc. The more porous the surface, generally the greater the need for the sealer to create a stronger surface. An old sealer below the surface, even after stripping, will lower the absorption and porosity to some degree. Sometimes it is uneven below the surface and can create an uneven coloring effect with a color enhancing sealer applied later. Another reason to test first.
Do not make decisions based only upon the price per gallon.
To see more of why the price per gallon has little to do with what will be your total project cost, click here. For other questions about sealers, see the FAQ Sealers link on the slide out menu.
Do not believe yet that you have the type of surfacing you were told:
Do not "pre-seal" - apply a sealer BEFORE grouting.
You can stop efflorescence (white powdery stains)
Renew a glossy finish
Concerned about Doing It Yourself or what your contractor says?
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