Q: What types of adhesives does Superior Stone Products manufacture?
A: Modified Acrylics, Vinyl Esters, Polyesters, Acrylics, Epoxies, Poly-Epoxies and Color Pastes are all manufactured at our location in Byron Center, Michigan. Made in the USA.
Q: Many companies make adhesives, what makes yours special?
A: Superior Adhesives are the industry benchmark for which all other adhesives are measured. Our products have a distinct advantage over our competitors products in every category including gel time, cure times, shelf life and clarity. Maximizing the adhesive performance allows fabricators the opportunity to complete more jobs in less time which results in more profit. Also, no other company makes glue as pure as ours. While some of our competitors are content repackaging products made by their supplier, we control our formulas from beginning to end. This makes them ideal for invisible seams and allows for perfect color matching when adding our color paste.
Q: Why do you offer 3 different polyester formulas? Isn’t all glue the same?
A: Let’s start by addressing your second question first. NO, not all glue is the same. Our lower quality competitors want you to think so but it just isn’t true. We carefully select all of our raw materials and resins. Where our competitors purchase off-the-shelf items, we control the entire manufacturing process and add each component separately. This guarantees that you are receiving a one-of-a-kind adhesive that cannot be duplicated. The reason we offer 3 different formulas is to satisfy the needs of the end user. Factors such as climate, geography, cost of living and education all play a role in what adhesives are being used. Instead of making a one-size-fits-all product, we give you options.
Q: Which is the best adhesive to use for laminating granite?
Q: Can polyester adhesives be used outdoors?
Q: What should I use for filling porous stones such as Travertine or Limestone?
Q: What is your Water Clear Polyester used for?
Q: I heard some people discussing “thin film” when referring to adhesives but I didn’t understand what they were talking about. What is “thin film”?
Q: What makes Superior Acrylic Adhesives a good choice for laminating?
Q: Can Superior Acrylic Adhesives be used outdoors?
Q: Should we use Superior Acrylic Adhesives when we are going to put the stone through a CNC or an edge polishing machine?
Q: Does Superior make a product that solidifies stones that might be softer or have fine cracks and fissures?
Q: What makes Superior Epoxies different than Acrylics and Polyesters?
A: Like Superior Acrylics and Superior GOLD, Superior Epoxies “chemically” bond with stone and are excellent for outdoor applications. Superior Epoxies can be used with structural anchoring and supporting systems. Superior Epoxies are very strong glues and ideal for adhering two dissimilar items together (example: Granite to Steel* or Marble to Wood).
*Always TEST prior to application when working with metal as there are so many variables
Q: How do I avoid confusion as to what ratio to mix my Superior Epoxies?
Q: Why do you make Epoxies that have two different mixing ratios?
Q: I heard from a supplier that you offer a Poly-Epoxy. What is that?
Q: Is Superior Poly-Epoxy mixed using a standard 2:1 ratio?
Q: What is Superior GOLD? Is it a polyester, acrylic or epoxy?
Q: What is Vinyl Ester glue?
A: Vinyl Ester glue is one of the newer adhesive technologies to the stone industry. Vinyl Ester is appealing to fabricators due to its lack of color (whitish / translucent). This allows you to use the adhesive “as-is” to match thousands of stone colors and it also makes it easier to color when you need a specific color match.
Vinyl Ester adhesives are stronger than polyester adhesives but there are important things to know that are different than polyesters…
Hardener: Vinyl Ester adhesives are more reactive than polyesters so you need to make sure you do not use more hardener than instructed. Vinyl Esters can easily discolor and you will lose bonding strength if you use too much hardener.
Storage: Proper storage is critical! It is very important to store Vinyl Ester adhesives in a climate controlled area. Extended exposure to temperatures over 75°F (24°C) will drastically reduce the shelf life (this includes other brands too)
Q: Why do you have (2) Vinyl Ester adhesives (PEARL and V-MAX)?
A: Choices. Similar to cooking, you can use the same recipe to make a dish but, when you get the ingredients from different sources, the finished products will taste differently.
For PEARL and V-MAX, the “recipe” is very similar but we procure the resins from different sources. Where other manufacturers are using “off-the-shelf” resins, we have secured special formulations for our Vinyl Ester adhesives. Taking that one step further, we add our own “technology-twist” to each formula making them exclusive to our company.
PEARL – We use high quality resin for our PEARL formulations
V-MAX – We use premium, high quality resin for our V-MAX formulations
Although this results in two product lines with different price points, it was important for us to continue offering fabricators choices.
Q: Where should I use Superior GOLD?
Q: Is Superior GOLD mixed using a standard 2:1 ratio?
Q: What is BPO and how is it used?
Q: Sometimes I need extra hardener (BPO), can I purchase hardener only?
Q: Does Superior offer coloring paste for adhesives?
A: Yes, Superior Stone Products manufactures coloring paste utilizing our resin technology to stabilize the shelf life and allows it to blend better with our adhesives. We offer (1oz. tubes) (2oz. bottles) (8oz. bottles) in the following colors: Black, White, Red, Red-Brown, Green, Blue, Brown, Ochre, Buff and Gray.
***Note: always add color paste before adding the hardener***
Q: What is the average shelf life of Superior Adhesives?
Q: Why don't you put the E-Z Flow Lids on all of your flowing adhesives?
A: Great question, For our “gallon” and “1.25 gallon” sizes, we have both “round” and “F-style” shaped cans. The F-style can is designed to pour without making a mess. There are some circumstances where you may encounter a “flowing” glue in a “round” can and find it difficult to pour without making a mess. For example, we invented THE BIG BOX and the “flowing” adhesive cans inside are round.
Due to the advanced engineering, there is a significant cost associated with the E-Z Flow lids. We could apply them to our “round flowing cans” and raise the prices but not everyone wants them. It doesn’t make sense to us to charge people for something they don’t want. We have a competitor who applies them to all of their flowing products so hopefully people understand they are paying for them whether they want them or not.
E-Z Flow Lids are great and reusable. If you have problems with messy glue from pouring out of a round can, the E-Z Flow Lids are a great solution. The best part is you only need to buy the number of lids you need which saves you money in the long run.
Q: ICE, FIRE, LIGHTNING. What are these all about?
A: Many years ago, quarries started treating the polished surfaces of stone with various types of resins to show off the characteristics of the stone. Unfortunately, after the slab is cut into smaller pieces, the cut edges do not have that same resin treatment. Even with proper polishing, it is very difficult to get the untreated edges to match the treated surface. This is where we come in.
ICE, FIRE & LIGHTNING enhance the natural color and characteristics of these untreated edges making it so the edges match the surface.
Unlike some “agers” or “transformers”, ICE, FIRE and LIGHTNING provide permanent enhancement without wearing off.
3 unique products for maximum performance…..ICE – For natural stone…..FIRE – For exotic stone…..LIGHTNING – For engineered stone