Marble is a beautiful and elegant stone that has been used for centuries, both as an art form and as a building material. It is available in many colors and shades, but the most popular color of marble today is white. Sometimes we want to glue chipped marble pieces; this can be done with some tools and skill. In this blog post I will discuss how to do just that: join two pieces of marble together with minimal effort!
Why marble chips
If you chip your marble, it is likely because of how it was handled during installation. If the installer did not use enough adhesive or if they were not careful when placing the marble, it can easily chip. In some cases, moisture can also cause chips in the marble. If this is the case, you will need to seal the marble with a penetrating sealer. Make sure that you are using a quality product and follow the directions carefully. Once the sealer has dried, your marble should be safe from future chipping.
How to avoid marble chipping while cutting it
To avoid marble chipping, use a wet saw to cut the marble. A wet saw will create less dust and is, therefore, less likely to cause chips in the marble. Also, cut the marble slightly larger than needed and use a grout saw to make a cut line. Then, remove any excess with a diamond blade wet saw. Chipping can also be caused by using the wrong saw blade or not cooling the blade with water.
Types of adhesives to glue marble
- Two-part epoxy is a good choice to bond chipped marble together. It is a strong adhesive and can be used to fix other objects made from stone, such as countertops or tabletops.
- If you don’t have two-part epoxy on hand, a construction adhesive like liquid nails will also work well to glue marble together. Just make sure the surface is clean and free of dust and debris before applying the adhesive. Let it dry completely before using the repaired piece.
- Another option for joining broken pieces of marble is with a product called contact cement. This cement comes in both an aerosol spray can and a tube, and it dries quickly so you can get your project finished in no time. However, contact cement is not as strong as epoxy or construction adhesive.
- Last but not least: rubberized glue, also called hot glue. This is a temporary hold and should be used for small cracks or chips in your marble piece. Simply place the broken pieces together, squeeze out some rubberized glue onto the crack, and hold it until dry.
Steps to glue chipped marble
- It’s better to wear a mask and gloves when you’re gluing marble since the fumes can be harmful. Gloves will prevent the glue from sticking to your hands.
- Mix the epoxy according to the manufacturer’s instructions if you’re using a two-part epoxy. Otherwise, just skip this step.
- Make sure that both pieces of marble are clean and free of any debris or dirt. This determines how strong the bond will eventually be.
- Simply apply the epoxy along both sides where you will join them and hold firmly until set up completely. Allow time before using the repaired area again to ensure that there is no chance your fingers will wipe away any excess adhesive with a damp cloth.
- Clamp the pieces together until the glue dries completely for at least 24 hours. Don’t use marble until the adhesive is dried completely.
Chipped marble pieces can be really frustrating and upsetting. But that can be easily fixed using some good adhesive and following the steps above. I hope you will be able to glue your marble after reading this article.