Airstone Veneer Frequently Asked Questions

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In general, on what surface areas can AirStone be applied?

Please refer to the instructions for a list of authorized interior and exterior substrates. Although we can not note every possible surface area, as a general rule the substrate need to be entirely stiff so that it will not broaden, contract, flex or bow in time due to environment or humidity. (Note: wood is not suggested as an exterior substrate.).

Is it OK to adhere AirStone directly to existing tile or brick (for example, on a fireplace)?

Yes, you can adhere AirStone straight to tile, brick, stone, or marble, however it's essential that these substrates remain in good condition (not broken, broken, falling apart or loose) and clean/free of dust before you begin your AirStone job. If substrate is painted, the paint needs to be in good condition (peeling, breaking paint will need to be scraped/sanded and cleaned).

What adhesive do I utilize for outside projects?

We recommend Loctite PL Premium Construction Adhesive, available at lots of hardware retailers. You can likewise utilize an ANSI A118.4 polymer modified mortar, which requires mixing.

Exist any temperature constraints when setting up AirStone?

Yes, for AirStone INTERIOR Adhesive, it needs to be at least 60 degrees F inside the space for 24 hours prior and 48 hours following installation. It ought to not be utilized where temperatues will go beyond 120 degrees F or fall below 32 degrees F. For outside projects, it must be at least 40 degrees F outside throughout setup, and for 24 hours following installation. It should not be utilized where temperature levels will exceed 160 degrees F.

Is AirStone safe to utilize around fireplaces?

AirStone is non-flammable, non-combustible and safe to utilize around wood stoves and fireplaces. It has a Class A score in accordance with ASTM E-84 requirements. AirStone Interior Adhesive is ranked as much as a temperature level of 120 ˚F, and Loctite PL Premium Construction Adhesive is rated approximately a temperature level of 160 ˚F.

Is it OKAY to utilize AirStone on a hearth?

We do not recommend utilizing AirStone on floors, ceilings, hearths, counter-tops, or any horizontal surface area.

Is it OK to utilize AirStone INSIDE a shower?

Technically, it's fine if AirStone gets wet (naturally! It's approved for outdoor usage!). HOWEVER, we most likely would not recommend it for INSIDE a shower thinking about that you shouldn't use severe cleansers and stiff scrub brushes that are commonly utilized to clean shower locations. The consistent accumulation of soap residue and all the nooks and crannies on AirStone could make it challenging to keep it clean. Plus mold could build up behind the stone, which isn't really an issue when it's outside.

What are the dimensions of each piece of AirStone?

AirStone is 2" or 4" in height, with lengths of 4", 6", 8", 10" and 12". The depth of the stone averages about 3/4" (the stone molds are cast from real stone, so the depth can differ anywhere from 1/2" to 1-5/8", even on the very same piece).

In my AirStone job, the corners are not 90 ˚, so your corner pieces will not work for me. What should I do?

When a corner is not 90 ˚, two pieces might be mitered to form the proper angle. Just mark the angle with a pencil and cut completions accordingly, so that the two pieces butt as much as form a corner. This can likewise be done using a finished end piece coupled with its matching primary stone mate.

I see you offer outdoors corners however not inside corners. Exactly what is the very best way to set up a within corner?

AirStone is developed to reproduce genuine stone. Given that there is no such thing as a genuine stone inside corner, merely end the stone at the end of the first wall and after that begin installing the 2nd wall (so that the end of the stone on the second wall overlaps/butts up against the face of the stone on the very first wall).

I wish to utilize a power saw to cut the AirStone. What type of blade do you suggest?

You must utilize a masonry blade (no teeth). When using a dry power saw, wear an authorized dust mask and make sure that the back of the stone is devoid of dust prior to sticking to the wall. If utilizing a wet saw, make sure that the stone is dry prior to using AirStone Adhesive.

How much AirStone will I need for my task?

The AirStone "primary wall stone" comes 8 square feet to a container. Our "corner/finished end stone" can be utilized for corners AND/OR completed ends. One carton includes 6 direct feet of edging and 7.5 square feet of coverage. Also, one tub of AirStone Interior Adhesive (one gallon) will cover around 30 sq. feet. One 28 oz. tube of Loctite PL Premium Construction Adhesive will cover 10 approximately sq. feet.

How do I tidy AirStone?

AirStone can be easily cleaned up with warm water and a soft-bristled brush. Do not power-wash AirStone. Acid cleaners, bleach, paint remover or concrete cleaners must never be used on AirStone.

How do I get dried AirStone Adhesive off the face of the stone?

First, you ought to always aim to clean AirStone Interior Adhesive off the face of the stone BEFORE it dries. If it's far too late, try moistening the adhesive with a washcloth or mister (this will only deal with AirStone INTERIOR Adhesive). Aim to keep it extremely damp for a minimum of Thirty Minutes or longer until it starts to loosen up. You must then have the ability to scrub the adhesive off using more water and a soft tooth brush.

Is it possible to paint or stain AirStone?

We have actually had consumers who have painted and stained AirStone and were extremely happy with the results. Do not hesitate to experiment if you want, but we can not recommend one particular brand name of stain or paint over another.

Can I use a sealant over AirStone?

Yes, in fact we recommend this for locations where AirStone might go through food splatter or grease, such as a kitchen area backsplash or an outdoor grill. Use a high-quality stone or concrete sealer. Follow the producers instructions carefully.

Where can I purchase AirStone?

AirStone is currently offered through hundreds of Lowe's (U.S. just), as well as on lowes.com. AirStone is currently not readily available straight from the maker.

Can I use typical mortar when using AirStone?

No, but you can use an ANSI AII8.4 polymer-modified thin-set mortar.

I have an exterior project and will be using AirStone to cement board. Do I need to do anything to prepare the surface area prior to I begin?

Cement board must only be used for outside tasks that are detached from the house, such as mailboxes, planters, outside kitchen areas, and so on (see next question if adhering AirStone directly to the outside of a home). Make sure your backer board is rated for exterior usage, and is free of all factory dust.

I wish to apply AirStone to the beyond my house over the existing brick veneer. Exactly what do I have to understand?

As long as you are dealing with an existing, exposed outside structure (assuming it has been created to fulfill relevant building regulations), AirStone can be used straight onto weatherproof substrates, such as brick, concrete, ceramic tile, stone, stucco or cinder block. We advise using Loctite PL Premium Construction Adhesive for any outside project.

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