Colour Enhancer & Impregnation Sealer
What is a Colour Enhancer?
A stone color enhancer is a type of product used to enhance the natural color and appearance of certain types of stones, particularly porous stones such as marble, granite, limestone, travertine, and slate. These enhancers are typically liquid solutions or sprays that are applied to the surface of the stone.
The primary purpose of a stone color enhancer is to bring out the natural hues and patterns of the stone, making it look more vibrant and rich. It can deepen the color of the stone, intensify its veining or texture, and provide a glossy or satin finish. In some cases, a color enhancer can also provide a protective sealant that helps guard the stone against stains, water damage, and general wear and tear.
It's important to note that not all stones require or can benefit from a color enhancer. Some stones, such as granite or quartzite, may already have vibrant colors and patterns that don't require enhancement. Additionally, some stones may be too dense or non-porous to absorb the enhancer effectively. Therefore, it's essential to consult the manufacturer's instructions or seek professional advice to determine if a stone color enhancer is suitable for the specific type of stone you're working with.
How do you apply Colour Enhancer?
The specific instructions for applying a stone color enhancer may vary depending on the product and the type of stone you are working with. However, here are some general steps to follow:
Clean the stone: Before applying a color enhancer, ensure that the stone surface is clean and free of any dirt, dust, or stains. You can use a stone cleaner or mild soap and water to clean the surface. Allow the stone to dry completely before proceeding.
Test the enhancer: It's always recommended to perform a small test in an inconspicuous area of the stone to ensure compatibility and desired results. Apply the color enhancer to a small section and observe the effects before applying it to the entire surface.
Apply the enhancer: Shake the color enhancer bottle well to mix the contents. Use a clean, lint-free cloth, brush, or sponge applicator to apply the enhancer evenly over the stone surface. Work in small sections, applying a thin and even layer. Avoid letting the enhancer pool or puddle on the surface.
Allow absorption: Let the color enhancer sit on the stone surface for the recommended amount of time specified by the manufacturer. The time can vary, but it typically ranges from a few minutes to 15-20 minutes. This allows the stone to absorb the enhancer and achieve the desired color enhancement.
Remove excess enhancer: After the recommended absorption time, check the stone surface for any excess enhancer. Use a clean cloth or sponge to gently wipe away any excess product. Take care not to disturb the enhancer that has been absorbed into the stone.
Optional second coat: Depending on the desired level of color enhancement, you may choose to apply a second coat of the color enhancer. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the waiting time between coats.
Allow drying and curing: After applying the color enhancer and removing any excess product, allow the stone to dry and cure according to the manufacturer's instructions. This may involve avoiding contact with water or heavy use for a specific period, typically 24-48 hours.
Remember to always read and follow the specific instructions provided by the manufacturer of the stone color enhancer you are using. Different products may have variations in application techniques and drying times.
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