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Zinc Countertop Reactions with Food

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Zinc Countertop Reactions with Food

Posted on 20 August 2015 by cradmin

Metal countertops have come on the scene, and they have moved well beyond the stainless steel you may think of in a commercial kitchen, such as a restaurant. Nowadays both copper and zinc have made their way into the mix. This video, produced by Mio Metals, takes a look at what happens to zinc countertops when various food items are exposed to them. As is also the case with copper countertops, zinc countertops are known to take on a “patina” of stains, etching, dents, etc. over time that lovers of the product (and fabricators of it) like to think of as character. Certainly no two countertops made of this material are alike and in most cases, the countertops can be restored somewhat to their original look by a sound polishing. However, it seems few owners mind the ever-changing look and go through the work of heavy polishing. In this video, wine, lemon juice and other various foods are placed on a zinc test kitchen countertop just to see their effect.

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Stone Forensics Offers Stone Inspection Training During StonExpo

Posted on 30 October 2012 by cradmin

Stone Forensics will be conducting a Stone Inspector training program in January, 2013, during Stone Expo in Las Vegas. The program is designed to teach the basics of inspecting stone and ceramic tile installations. According to Fred Hueston, who will be conducting the training, “The amount of failures, poor installations and other issues with stone and tile flooring are on the rise. There are only a few qualified inspectors in the United States and there are unfortunately few quality training opportunities in this discipline.”

The program is being offered in Las Vegas so students can observe failures of stone and tile installations in real time. “We will spend an entire day going on inspections as part of the class,” said Hueston.

The program is a a full five days with the certification test on the last day and is only offered once per year with the class size limited to 10 students. The cost of the class is $2,500 per person.

The following will be covered: the geology of stone; understanding the structure of different kinds of stone and marble materials; identification of stone and tile types; quarry techniques that affect the final product; production of tile and slabs; fabrication and installation requirements; physical and chemical testing; stone and tile forensic investigation; diagnosis of problems; stone and tile restoration; repair and replacement; stain removal; troubleshooting; report writing; expert witness testimony; slip resistance; and laboratory testing.

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How to Acid Stain a Concrete Sink

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How to Acid Stain a Concrete Sink

Posted on 29 October 2012 by cradmin

This video, produced by Expressions Ltd., shows the process of acid staining a concrete sink from beginning to end. The process produces a ‘mottled’ effect that is actually pretty cool looking. For concrete countertop fabricators this instructional video is worth a watch.

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