One more thing that I would like to add, the Bonstone's Last Patch will replicate a honed finish much better than CA. CA has a tendency to be glossy.
 They also have a video on their web site demonstrating the product. You can order Last Patch directly from Bonstone. They will have it in the mail the same day you order.  That is my experience from ordering their products!

--- On Thu, 7/23/09, Roger Konarski <> wrote:

From: Roger Konarski <>
Subject: RE: [sccpartners] thin cracks in travertine
To: "Restoration and Maintenance" <>
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2009, 8:31 PM

Yes CA can be colored, I do it all the time. It works best with the thicker CA's, namely the gel CA. You can also do it with the thin. I lay out blue tape. Place my colors and mix colors if needed on the tape. Feed out the CA, take a razor blade and mix then apply to the repair area. Again gel CA work the best.  Or you can use the color  gel CA as a base, then finish off with the thin CA, it will pick up the color from below.
Sometimes I scrap the finished CA with a razor blade, it gives it a kind of a white haze, this helps to break up the colors.
 I found the best source for CA gel is on eBay.

Another good product for these types of repairs is Bonstone last patch gel. Easy to work with, the problem is that takes a while to really harden, even with the addition of a hardener.
--- On Thu, 7/23/09, Mike Marsoun <> wrote:

From: Mike Marsoun <>
Subject: RE: [sccpartners] thin cracks in travertine
To: "Restoration and Maintenance" <>
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2009, 8:15 PM

Can you color CA? Most of those cracks look like a black hair (dirt inside) and need to have color to make them invisible.


From: [] On Behalf Of Dr Fred
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2009 7:08 AM
To: Restoration and Maintenance
Subject: RE: [sccpartners] thin cracks in travertine


you can also use CA glue to fill them if you have trouble getting the glue into the hairline cracks... This glue is used by fabricators to repair hairline cracks

On Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 2:53 PM, John Freitag <> wrote:

I would approach this crack the following ways
1.       First purchase some dental tools from the local Army Surplus Store. Or if you know a dentist ask them for their old tools what you are looking for is the professional dental pic
2.       Use the dental tool and acetone clean out the crack this should eliminate the dark area in the crack.
The dental pic will not open the crack any larger than it currently is.
3.       Use a  Polyester fill Clear if possible and the crack will be filled and you will hardly notice it.

What making the crack noticeable is the dirt that down in the crack remove the dirt fill the crack.


If the clear is not of your choice then mix a color to best match the stone.


I always tell my customer that a crack is a crack and the customer will always know where the crack is but the average person coming into the home would not notice it.


Hope this helps


John E. Freitag
The Stone and Tile School
Office 407-567-7652
Cell 407-615-0134
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From: Stuart Young []
Sent: Friday, July 17, 2009 11:12 AM
To: Restoration and Maintenance
Subject: [sccpartners] thin cracks in travertine
I just looked at a floor of travertine tile. It has very thin cracks (hairline)a few feet long in 3 different areas.  How are these cracks repaired?  The travertine is light in color and the thin cracks are dark.

--- On Fri, 7/17/09, Mike Marsoun <> wrote:

From: Mike Marsoun <>
Subject: RE: [sccpartners] water based sealer etched stone
To: "Restoration and Maintenance" <>
Date: Friday, July 17, 2009, 2:58 AM

This happened to me using VMC Kleerseal a long time ago, when flouro polymer technology was new and this was one of the first of these type sealer, water based. Don’t know why it happened but it was very noticable.
From: [] On Behalf Of stuart rosen
Sent: Friday, July 17, 2009 1:00 PM
To: Restoration and Maintenance
Subject: [sccpartners] water based sealer etched stone
last year I used a water based sealer witch our customer spec out for us.We sprayed the sealer on limestone and it caused very light etching.We had only just began when we caught it so it was easy to correct.When  I read the back of the bottle the instructions
mentioned some stones can be etched by using this product.Showed that to the customer and got the ok to use a product that we knew.
Anyway just heard a story that it happened to someone else only with a different water based sealer.  I think siloxanes are corrosive (high alkaline) when not diluted.
But I know that diluted in a sealer they are in small amounts so its not normal for this to occur. Does anyone know why it does occur. Has anyone else had this happen to them?

Stu Rosen
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