James ,


There are several ways to go about this repair. It will take time.


First where the stone is broken you would need to rod the stone, this process involves cutting into the back side of the stone and inserting metal rods. You need to cut deep enough for the rods to lay flat into the channel you cut. Then using an epoxy glue the stone together and then fill the areas where you placed the rods with epoxy fill the channel level with the stone.


Then start with the broken area and apply the polyester fill to match the stone slightly over fill the areas and then grind off the excess and hone the entire piece of stone and refinish.


Prior to the refinishing process with corner that is broken will need to be glues back together and rebuilt using the pieces you have. Then filling in the missing areas with a polyester fill to match the stone. On the back side of the stone I would fiberglass the area of the broken corner to add additional strength. Then   hone and polish the entire piece.


 This will take time and I would contact a fabricator to see what a new piece3 of stone would cost to fabricate to replace this stone. you may find it cheaper to replace then repair. You may ask the fabricator to rod the stone together seeing they would have all the proper equipment. 


If you have any additional questions let me know



John E. Freitag


The Stone and Tile School

Office 407-567-7652

Cell 407-615-0134









From: James Billeaudeau [mailto:james@diamondmarblepolishing.com]
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2010 9:47 AM
To: Restoration and Maintenance
Subject: [sccpartners] Movers broke marble buffet top:


Hi all,


A client emailed these pictures of her marble buffet top that had been broken during a move.  I'm a July '10 grad of The Stone and Tile School and I've not yet acquired the experience in repairing this kind of break as of yet.  Her insurance company wants her to explore either repairing the breaks or replacement.  I told her I'd try and get her some help from the experts.  The attached photos show a beveled corner break and the other two photos show a break across the entire buffet depth.  Any ideas would be appreciated.




James L. Billeaudeau

Diamond Marble Polishing

Lafayette, Louisiana

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