While reading Facebook, I noticed a discussion of RS Crete. I read through the complaints and felt there was some valid criticism. I have not had problems using it inside but I have had issues with 1 exterior job. That being said, I have listened to similar interior and exterior complaints from our local finishers and even spent a Saturday working with one local pro to try and fix a job where multiple factors played out. Why do I bring this up? Because I think the Stone Decor addresses valid concerns about:
- Product and time needed to prep a surface.
- Durable and hard adhesion to a floor, tile, or counter top surface.
- Cost factors.
Anyway...Stone Decor is a two-part epoxy plaster that sticks directly to tile, laminates, cement, and solid surfaces like cultured marble, real stone, engineered materials such as Corian and Zodiac. Do you hear me people: IT STICKS DIRECTLY!!!! No Sanding, No Primetch (although I love Primetch), and No Primer or Setcoat. I have tested it on 3 cultured marble counter tops in my home, on numerous tile surfaces, and real pieces of granite. L-O-V-E I-T.
There are specific steps in mixing, tinting, and applying. I feed my three dogs (and Bruce) (and Ashley) partially from classes so I am going to keep this vague. You may tint with all colorants but too much color interferes with the bonding properties. Going dark with the Stone Decor won't happen with standard colorants. I did find a way to get it dark and keep the bond hard:
I use the Stone Decor as a base coat for many finishes where a strong bond is necessary because the surface is unusual, non-porous, will get wet, or is a high traffic area. I have used the Stone Decor as a middle layer for stone finishes where I want highs and lows (as in the slate). I don't prefer it as a finish or final coat only because I think it feels and looks a little plastic. A plastic look is fine for small Mosaic Tile-if it isn't glass a lot of it is plastic.
You can use many other products with the Stone Decor including all our plasters (I have not tried anything with lime). And yes, I have used the RS Crete Fine as a finish coat for marble and stone looks.
We did this Tumbled Marble in the Recycle Class. The Stone Decor allowed me to cut 3 steps from the previous way I did this money making finish.
Here is a counter in my own home:
I gave you the close-up of the chip. And here it is with the Stone Decor:
I sanded the next day. Hard. On the curved edges. And it didn't budge. I finished with the Luna and Rock-Kote. This is the picture before the High-Solid was poured. You will see that later as this bathroom progresses. I used the Stone Decor and the Luna to fill the chip.
Another counter top. I am so lucky that I don't have granite:
This cultured marble counter has a layer of Stone Decor on it. The cabinet is finished in the Urban Red. I didn't have to tape it off-the Stone Decor is surprisingly neat. This is a close-up of counter in progress: