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See Our UV Stone Repair Kit in Action

Friday, August 11, 2017 3:19:34 PM America/New_York

See Our UV Stone Repair Kit in Action

UV Stone Repair KitWhen your customer calls you in a panic that they have a chip, gouge, or crack in their granite countertop, get ready to impress when you quickly and easily fix the problem with our UV Stone Repair Kit.

Our sales team just released a new video demonstrating how simple this repair kit is to use, and the pretty amazing results that you can obtain with just a little bit of time and effort.

Take a look at the video here.

Andrew from the Chemical Concepts sales team did some (purposeful) damage to a piece of granite countertop – like whacking it with a hatchet! – to show just how well this kit will perform.

What’s Included in Our UV Stone Repair Kit?

  • 50ml Bottle UV386
  • 15- Cure sheets
  • 15- Polishing packs
  • 1- LED Flashlight
  • 3- AAA batteries
  • 5- Straight edge razors

As you can see in this video, this is one beat up piece of granite with gouges and scratches.

uv stone repair demonstrationHere’s the Process

  • Here’s a quick rundown of the process that Andrew demonstrates to repair a deep gouge:
  • Use an air blower or canned air to remove dust.
  • Clean the area with rubbing alcohol – you need to make sure there are no oils, debris or dust to interfere with the bonding of the UV-386.
  • Generously fill the mark in the granite with our UV-386 product.
  • Place a curing sheet on top of the product. This will prevent the glue from sticking to the flashlight and provides a nice level surface to work with. 
  • Shine the UV flashlight on the repaired area. With small repair, you can rest the flashlight right on the area. Larger repairs might require you to keep the light moving or consider investing in a larger UV lamp. The time needed with the light depends on the type of light that you use. (Note: always wear UV protective glasses when working with UV lights!)
  • Now you’ll use a straight razor shave off any excess product and smooth the countertop surface. Use the straight razor at a perpendicular angle in a back and forth motion so as not to pull up the adhesive. If you get a little too aggressive or pull a bit of the adhesive off, it might require more than one application.
  • After level, use the polishing packs by adding to a paper towel or a lint-free cloth. Rub the polish in a circular motion over the affected area to blend it in.

You can see from the video that the repair is nearly invisible!

If you’d like a printed version of the instructions to keep, you can download it here.

The Benefits of Our Kit Over the Competitors

Value - Our UV Stone Repair Pro Kit comes with large 50 ml bottle. You’ll find that many other UV kits come with small syringes (2 ml) of product. Even if you get 6 syringes in the kit, our kit supplies you with nearly 5 times more product….and a much better value.

No “Bloom” - You might have seen some glue based repair kits with accelerators on the market. While they’re acceptable products, be aware that on certain stones (especially many lighter ones) you might get a bloom or blossom effect with a green tinge to the repaired area. The UV kits (with no accelerator) won’t cause that type of issue.

A quick look at this video shows the ease of use and the amazing results from our UV Stone Repair kit. Are you ready to see for yourself? Contact us today – 800-220-1966 or sales@chemical-concepts.com.

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Protect Your Countertop and Stone Patios with Dry-Treat Products

Friday, August 11, 2017 3:04:16 PM America/New_York

Another exciting new brand is now part of the Chemical Concepts stable of products – we’re now proud distributors for Dry-Treat. Dry-Treat is the manufacturer of some of the best known impregnating sealers for permanent protection of stone, tiles, paving, concrete, and grout.

Impregnating sealers are designed to penetrate below the surface of the stone and either deposit solid particles in the pores of the stone, or coat the individual minerals below the surface. These sealers work by restricting dirt, water, and oil from entering the tile or stone.

Let’s highlight two of the sealers that we now carry from Dry-Treat.

Stain-Proof Original Sealer

Stain-Proof Original™ is an impregnating, invisible and breathable sealer that provides long-term protection for natural stone, tiles, pavers, concrete, brick and grout. Our customers use this for protection from water and oil based stains and damage caused by water and dissolved salts.

How is Stain-Proof Original Sealer Typically Used?

Stain-Proof Original SealerStain-Proof Original™ is suitable for a wide variety of indoor and outdoor applications in residential and commercial buildings, including:

  • building facades,
  • floors,
  • walls,
  • countertops,
  • showers,
  • swimming pool surrounds,
  • patios,
  • garages,
  • kitchens and
  • entertaining areas. 

Some Benefits of Stain-Proof Original

  • Premium water and oil repellence for superior stain protection.
  • Deep penetrating, permanent bonding technology for long lasting protection.
  • Provides protection against efflorescence and freeze-thaw damage. 
  • Retains natural surface color and finish
  • Treated surfaces are easier to clean and quicker to dry, even after heavy rain. 
  • Super breathable: Water vapor escapes freely preventing harmful moisture buildup inside the treated material.
  • Suitable for indoor, outdoor, residential and commercial use.
  • Stands up to alkaline cleaners and pressure hosing.
  • Easy to apply. Check out a video from DryTreat showing the application of Stain-Proof Original on a marble patio.

Stain-Proof Plus

Stain-Proof PlusOnce your customers invest in high-quality countertops and professional installation, help them to protect their investment with one of the best countertop sealers on the market - Stain-Proof Plus from Dry-Treat. Stain-Proof Plus™ is an impregnating, invisible and breathable sealer that protects natural stone and concrete countertops from damage caused by water, salts and oil-based stains. Treated countertop surfaces become easier to clean, and stay looking good for a longer amount of time.

Some Benefits of Stain-Proof Plus

  • Stain-Proof Plus is optimized for use on dense natural stone.
  • Permanent premium oil and water repellence.
  • Three different custom sealing molecules for three levels of penetration and maximum stain repellence.
  • Includes a super penetrator for deep penetration of dense granites and marbles.
  • Retains natural surface color and finish.
  • Super breathable: water vapor escapes freely preventing harmful moisture build-up inside the treated material.
  • Suitable for indoor, outdoor, residential and commercial use.

Dry-Treat products seem like a natural complement for our Chem-Set line and other countertop installation products. We’re thrilled to distribute these high-quality products – check out other products from Dry-Treat here.

Have questions? We’ve got answers. Call our sales team today at 800-220-1966 or email us here. We look forward to serving you!

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Helping to Make Dishwasher Installation a Breeze

Monday, August 7, 2017 4:04:30 PM America/New_York

For all of the wonderful countertop installations that are successfully completed with innovative products from Chemical Concepts, we know many of those installations include securing dishwashers. We’ve got you covered for that process as well! In this post, we highlight two of our most popular products for installing dishwashers with stone, marble and other types of countertops.

ChemSet™ E-Z Dishwasher Bracket

ChemSet™ E-Z Dishwasher BracketThe ChemSet™ E-Z Dishwasher Bracket was designed by a veteran home builder with three decades of experience in kitchen installations. We think it’s a brilliant and well-built solution to the many potential problems associated with anchoring dishwashers.

If the countertop over your dishwasher is made of a solid surface, granite, or similar material, chances are you’re going to have issues with crumbling when you drill into it or try to put a screw into this material. Our sales team at Chemical Concepts is frequently recommending our E-Z Dishwasher Bracket to come to the rescue.

Many anchors used by countertop installers require the dishwasher to be present. But as most professional installers are aware, attaching the dishwasher directly to the sides of the cabinet can potentially damage the cabinet over time. Use of the E-Z Dishwasher Bracket eliminates the need for the dishwasher to be on site due to its multiple attachment locations across the top of the dishwasher bay, as well as flush tabs to the face of the cabinet.

The E-Z Dishwasher Bracket attaches to the cabinet with wood screws, as well as to the countertop with impact-absorbing adhesive caulk or silicone. Plus, it’s simple to install and installs quite fast. Many of our customers say it takes them less than 10 minutes to install…meaning that your customers’ crews can save time and money.

A Few Additional Advantages of the E-Z Dishwasher Bracket:

  • Proudly made in the USA from 22 gauge galvanized steel.
  • Eliminates dishwasher anchoring problems.
  • Accommodates virtually any dishwasher.
  • Easy installation under any type of countertop.
  • Can be installed prior to or after countertop installation.
  • Won't damage expensive cabinetry like kits that anchor to sides alone.
  • Eliminates return trip by countertop installer to anchor dishwasher.
  • A versatile size: product dimensions are 26.8 x 2 x 0.2 inches.

ChemSet™ F1CT38 Dishwasher Fastener (1.5” L x .75” W) with 10-31 x 3/16 Philips Head Screw

Chem-Set™ F1CT38 Dishwasher FastenerAs one example of our various types of fasteners, the F1CT38 Dishwasher fastener is an easy-to-use glue-on fastening system for mounting your dishwasher to the underside of the countertop.

Simply use our 633 Epoxy (for Granite and Marble) or our 605 Acrylic (for Solid Surface, Quartz, or Engineered Stone) to adhere the fastener to the underside of your countertop while aligned with your dishwasher tabs. Within minutes the adhesive will cure and you can then use the 3/16 Phillips Head Screw to then securely fasten and align everything.

Or for those of you who want to make it a bit easier or might find yourself off-measurement, we also offer an adjustable dishwasher fastener.

Gone are the days of wooden strips attached to the underside of your countertop! Plus, no more drilling.

You can explore our whole dishwasher fastener inventory here.

Our team of sales professionals is happy to help you with your questions about dishwasher installations – and the products that we can offer to make your installations easier. Call us today, toll-free, at 800-220-1966, or email us through this page.

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The Basics in Building and Installing Channel Letters

Monday, August 7, 2017 3:57:18 PM America/New_York

Customers love the creative options they can explore when using channel letters for their signage. And installers love their relative ease of installation – especially when using top-quality installation adhesives, tapes, and related products from Chemical Concepts.

The key to a building and attractive and sturdy channel letter is having the proper tools and a reliable structural adhesive. Through our own experimentation and with the input of our customers, we have found that the best adhesives for a long-lasting bond are the Lord Acrylic Adhesives used in conjunction with our own HM612 high strength hot melt sticks and the CCH220 hot melt gun.

Building Channel Letters – the Basic Steps

Generally, there are three steps in building channel letters:

SHAPE – Cut and bend the sheet metal into the desired shape.
TACK – Use the HM612 hot melt sticks as a clamping or tackdown device while forming the letter.
ASSEMBLE – Use Signlok 406 “UL” approved adhesive/sealant around the seams in lieu of welding.

Taking this approach affords you several advantages and benefits:

  • Less skilled labor.
  • Less energy costs.
  • The option of using thinner gauge metal (which gives you opportunity to save on metal costs).
  • No rust.
  • No grinding.
  • No welding.

More on Our HM 612 Hot Melt Sticks

HM 612 hot melt sticksStock up on our HM 612 hot melt sticks. Here’s a look at why you’ll always be glad to have them on hand:

  • creates a great bond to metal.
  • holds parts in place as the LORD structural adhesive cures.
  • achieves a full cure in five minutes.
  • will not get brittle.
  • just one stick will cover four linear feet.

Our Recommended Process for Installing Channel Letters

We absolutely recommend using adhesives for the installation of channel letters and other types of sign on to a wall. First, bond surface-mount fasteners to the backs of the letters or sign. These replace the need for drilling or stud-welding. Next, attach threaded rods of your desired length to the studs. A thread-locking material can be used if you need additional strength. Drill holes into the wall and fill with an epoxy or anchoring adhesive. (Note: though 100 percent silicone adhesives are sometimes recommended for this step, we believe it’s better to select a true structural adhesive). Finally, place the sign on the wall and push the threaded rods into the adhesive in the drilled holes.

The backs of the channel letters can either be installed flush to the wall surface or set out using standoffs for consistent spacing from the wall. We recommend that you temporarily secure the sign with tape or other mean while the adhesive fully cures.

Tesa ACXplus Black 7065If you’re working with an indoor installation with a lighter load, a double-sided acrylic foam tape should work just fine. It’s an easy process and a quality foam tape will form an excellent bond and create a clean appearance. It’s also good for joining dissimilar materials, as the malleable foam on the tape allows for differences in thermal expansion in the joint. Check out ACXplus Black 7065 from tesa as one option if double-sided foam tape will work well for your installation.

This is a simple process for installing channel letters – but you’ll be pleased with the results!

We stock many products that will make building channel letters and installing them a breeze.  Call our sales team to get the details – 800-220-1966 or email us at sales@chemical-concepts.com.

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Meet the Team - Stacy Zelle

Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:55:10 AM America/New_York

Stacy ZelleI am Lois and Ken Zelle’s younger daughter. As you know my father and mother started the business as Air Draulics. My dad sold hose and equipment out of his garage in the Northeast Philadelphia where I was raised. My parents did not have a lot of money but persevered in their endeavors to get their business off the ground. When they first moved to a storefront on Torresdale Avenue, my mother took me to work with her because getting full time care was way too expensive and I found ways to occupy my time. At the age of four, I went to the library and because I was alone the librarian took time to read to me and eventually I learned to read at a young age. My favorite books were Madeline which I could read many times over. I loved her adventurous spirit. Eventually I found art books. In the beginning, I just flipped through pages of famous art works and found joy in the splendor of each piece of artwork.   When I started school there were times I visited the library to escape in the pages of an artbook to read about each artist.   I longed to be able to draw and paint but I have limited skills but I loved learning about different artists and styles.   In school my favorite subject was history.   We are just a small part of a timeline to the existence of mankind and history does repeat itself.   We follow patterns that lead to familiarities of past events. In history, there is art and the times, and the artists tell stories through each piece of art.   One can look at a piece of artwork and find themselves in a looking glass. So when somebody asks me about one of my passions, I say photography because it is a form of art. My other joys these days are gardening, crafts, baking and cooking.

I officially started to work for the company in 1987, although I had worked while I was in high school during summer vacation and holidays. When I was younger I helped by doing filing and sometimes helped do bookkeeping with my mother. In those days we did not have computers and everything was done by hand.   Invoices, inventory and bills were all done manually. I went to college and went to a trade school. I always wanted to complete my college education and get a degree but wasn’t sure which direction to take and I made a mistake of going to school with a boyfriend who was jealous and made my college experience very difficult. It is the one thing I regret in life. But after working in the dental world, I decided to work in the family business. I started to work in the warehouse in the shipping department. At that time we repaired machinery(paint sprayers and high pressure washers), repaired and made hose assemblies while starting to involve ourselves in the adhesive business. We also sold specialty pumps and valves.   While working as the shipper, I also had to work with customers who came in and ordered materials at our counter. I learned how to make hose assemblies, and made minor repairs to equipment with the help of the repairman and on occasion had to fill adhesive cartridges. After years of running the warehouse and showing new employees how to run the warehouse in our small building on Annsbury Street, I moved into the office to work on invoicing and do the vendors bills to set up payment schedules.

Stacy ZelleIn 2006, the company moved to Huntingdon Valley and I moved into the offices. I went from working on our purchases and invoices to customer service and sales.  Our little company has grown and I am certain that we will continue our growth. I have always been faithful to the company and I now work with our marketing department.  

Stacy ZelleOther facts about me:

  • I moved out of my parents house at the early age of 22. I love animals and have had cats and now have my second red and tan Doberman, her name is Maggie.
  • I was married. I have always lived on my own. I bought my first house in 2000 after living in a few apartments. I now since moved from that house and bought a place in the suburbs.
  • I enjoy a social life and have met many wonderful friends and I feel blessed because of them.   
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Turf-Set – Helping You Be Prepared for Synthetic Field Maintenance Needs

Monday, July 24, 2017 2:25:39 PM America/New_York

Summertime may be hot now, but fall sports are just around the corner. Schools, colleges, sports complexes and more are making sure that their arsenal for synthetic field maintenance is ready to go. And many of them are wisely stocking up on materials from our popular Turf-Set line of products. Our own brand, Turf-Set specializes in products that improve and maintain artificial surfaces, from football fields to playgrounds, and virtually any type of synthetic field surface. You know the wear and tear that these fields take when outdoor activities and sports are going strong – so take a moment to check out two of our top-selling Turf-Set products.

Chem-Set Turf-Set 718E/F Synthetic Turf Seam AdhesiveChem-Set Turf-Set 718E/F Synthetic Turf Seam Adhesive

Much like the 725-S, Turf-Set 718 is a one component, moisture curing, solvent based polyurethane adhesive designed for synthetic turf applications. This adhesive exhibits high “green strength” properties for good wet grab but its uniqueness is due to its inherent superior application properties that allow the adhesive to retain ridges or high points immediately after spreading which aid in the bonding to synthetic turf backings, seam tapes and other non-uniform or porous materials. These unique application properties permit easy field application even under adverse weather conditions. AW-718 has many uses in bonding; golf surfaces, landscaping surfaces, playgrounds and athletic fields. Once curing is complete the adhesive develops outstanding heat, water and solvent resistance and will remain flexible in low temperature conditions. Turf-Set 718’s unique thixotropy allows this adhesive to spread very easily due to its thinning capabilities.

Take a look at a recent customer review that we were pleased to receive regarding the Turf-Set 718: “Great glue for synthetic turf installs! In 18 years of synthetic turf installations, I have had the opportunity to use many glue products. Turf Set 718 has been our product of choice for several years. It is easy to use, doesn't form up like some other glues, and excess glue is easy to remove from the turf with a painter's comb and is done within 24 hours. It is also less expensive than the (competitors).

 Turf-Set 718 has been designed to be used on synthetic turf and synthetic turf seaming fabrics with equal success. The adhesive should be applied with a notched squeegee, notched trowel or knife coating applicator directly after removing from container.

Chem-Set Turf-Set 718E/F Synthetic Turf Seam Adhesive is available in both one gallon and five gallon pails.

StadiumFix

StadiumFixMake sure you pick up a box or two of our high-quality StadiumFix. These offer adhesion to a wide spectrum of artificial turf and construction materials. Industry professionals depend on their excellent bonding qualities to most of the artificial turf backing on the market. Plus, the elastic properties of the product allows stress relaxation and vibration damping. This type of flexibility helps produce strong, long-lasting results.

This adhesive is delivered as a box containing two aluminum foiled “sausages”, each containing 1.1 gallons of the StadiumFix product.

Proving Our Commitment as Members of the Synthetic Turf Council

Synthetic Turf Council logoBy virtue of our commitment to providing top-quality turf maintenance products, we’re proud to be a member of the Synthetic Turf Council. As a member of this well-recognized group, we’re devoted to the safety, sustainability and longevity of our communities. It’s our goal to make a lasting recreational impact while maintaining the utmost standards in environmental stewardship.

We’d love to provide you with more information about our high-quality artificial turf products and answer any questions that you might have. Email our sales team at sales@chemical-concepts.com or call us toll-free at 800-220-1966.

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Silicone Rubber Compounds – Here’s the Scoop

Monday, July 24, 2017 2:13:51 PM America/New_York

Silicone rubber compounds have excellent electrical properties, great resistance to heat and cold, and remarkable chemical stability and flame retardant qualities. These types of benefits make them sought after for use in nearly every industry. You’ll frequently see them used in:

  • automobiles, 
  • food-related production,
  • electric and electronic equipment,
  • office automation equipment,
  • leisure products,
  • household good and much more.

Silicone rubbers have properties of both inorganic and organic materials. They are composed of unique silicone gums and high-purity silica. Thus, silicone rubbers offer many outstanding features not found in other organic rubbers.

Let’s take a closer look at a few more their impressive features:

Heat and Cold Resistance

At 150°C there is almost no change in physical properties, and they maintain elasticity at temperatures at which typical organic rubbers become brittle.

Weather Resistance

Silicone rubbers can be exposed to UV rays, wind, and rain for long periods with almost no change in physical properties.

Oil Resistance, Solvent Resistance, Chemical Resistance

Silicone rubbers have superior oil resistance at high temperatures. They also have outstanding resistance to solvents and other chemicals, and are nearly impervious to polar organic compounds and dilute acids and alkalis.

Electrically Insulative

They are stable over a wide range of temperatures and frequencies. And even when immersed in water, there is almost no decline in performance.

Here are a few of the top-quality silicone rubber compounds carried by Chemical Concepts:

Chem-Set™ QM140 Silicone Rubber with Catalyst 

QM 140 has excellent mechanical properties and good shelf-life stability. This material is an excellent choice for molding intricate patterns, skin molding and applications where high durometer, dimensional stability and extremely tough rubber are required.

A Few Key Features

  • High tear strength.
  • Low viscosity.
  • Fast demold time.
  • Excellent dimensional stability.

Devcon Silite RTV Silicone (clear) Devcon® Silite® RTV Silicone (clear)

This single-component sealant is often used for sealing panels, window plates, bonding and sealing appliance ports, attaching brackets, nameplates, ceramic tile, and bonding gaskets.

A Few Key Features

  • Excellent resistance to a wide range of weather and temperatures ranging from –60° to 450°F.
  • Cures at room temperature to a flexible silicone rubber.
  • Ready to use for gasketing, sealing, bonding, and weatherproofing applications.
  • Acceptable for use in meat and poultry plants.

A few of the intended uses for Devcon Silite include weather-proofing electrical components, caulking plumbing fixtures, sealing glass, and making form-in-place gaskets.

QM 260 

QM 260 QM 260 is a two-component, room temperature, addition cure silicone material. The cured rubber has excellent mechanical properties and good shelf-life stability. This material is a good choice for the molding of furniture, picture frames and architectural materials. QM 260 is exceptionally good where high durometer and dimensional stability are required.

A Few Key Features

  • Casting resin resistance
  • Fast demold time
  • Excellent dimensional stability
  • High durometer

QM 260 offers many applications. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Molds for architectural replication.
  • Molds for polyester, epoxy resin casting, and rigid or foam polyurethane.
  • Molds for technical articles and prototypes.
  • Molds for furniture and picture frame replication.
  • Candy and other food molds.

How can the durability and flexibility of silicone rubber compounds be of benefit to your business? Call our sales team to discuss the possibilities – toll-free at 800-220-1966, or email us at sales@chemical-concepts.com.

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Two Marine Adhesives That Our Customers Love

Monday, July 17, 2017 10:41:48 AM America/New_York

Sunny days relaxing on the dock or skimming over the waters in the boat can be the stuff of dreams. But practical needs like adhesives that work well in wet environments and in high humidity are the real tools that can help those pleasant dreams become reality. Let’s highlight two products that we are quick to recommend to customers who are seeking help with marine adhesives.

Sikaflex 295 UV resistant Adhesive/Sealant (300 ml cartridge)

Sikaflex 295Sikaflex®-295 UV is a fast curing, UV resistant, one-component, flexible, high performance polyurethane-based adhesive that bonds and seals in one step. Some of its more popular uses include bonding and sealing of windows and portholes, sealing wooden boat decks, repairing slate borders around swimming pools, and general marine sealing. It’s formulated for use as an adhesive and/or sealant in bonding applications for polycarbonate windows and acrylic (PMMA) windows. We’ve also gotten reports of clients successfully using Sikaflex 295m to adhere and seal polycarbonate to untreated wood in a greenhouse. 

Sikaflex 295 is UV resistant, color-stable, and non-chalking. This is an application that calls for a UV-resistant adhesive with a high degree of elasticity. Sikaflex-295 UV combines the necessary elasticity with just the right consistency to maintain the required bond line thickness. This helps to ensure that thermal movements in plastic glazing panels are progressively absorbed and avoid an undue build-up of stress.

In order to help you blend colors well in your marine adhesive needs, Sikaflex 295 is available in black or white.

Here’s a quick look at some additional features of this multi-purpose product:

  • Low VOC.
  • No added solvents.
  • Excellent UV and weathering resistance.
  • Suitable for organic glass like PC or PMMA.
  • OEM approved.
  • Easy workability.
  • Resistant to both salt water and fresh water.
  • Silicone free.
  • Wheelmark certified.

Chem-Set 305 Low VOC

Chem-Set 305 is a flammable high solids synthetic elastomer contact bond adhesive specifically formulated for bonding various types of polystyrene foams and plastic laminates to plywood and aluminum skins. Our customers give us great reports as they use this with recreational vehicles, mobile homes, modular panels , as well as for the installation of carpeting for boats and pool decking.

Chem-Set 305 Let’s explore a few of the Chem-Set 305 advantages:

  • Excellent spray break up and fluid distribution rates, which will not attack foam.
  • High resistance to water, humidity and alcohol. 
  • Allows immediate machining – after at least 20 psi of pressure between the two substrates to be bonded. 
  • High heat, creep and dead load resistance.

A few hints for usage:

  • Substrates should be under at least 20 psi or more if available within the limitations of the substrate. 
  • Adhesive coat should be dry (normally 2-5 mins. dry time is sufficient). 
  • Cure: 90% within 12 hours and full strength within 2-3 days.

In order to help you blend colors well in your marine adhesive needs, Chem-Set 305 is available in red or clear.

If you’re repairing and maintaining your boat or your dock, or generally using materials around water and high humidity, we encourage you to check out these products for your adhesive needs. Our sales team is happy to make suggestions and answer any questions that you might have. Call us toll-free at 800-220-1966 or email us at sales@chemical-concepts.com.

We’re happy to help you toward smooth sailing!

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Keeping Good Company at the Stone Fabricator’s Alliance Workshop

Monday, July 17, 2017 10:33:08 AM America/New_York

Stone Fabricator's Alliance logoIt’s long been said that “you’re known by the company you keep.” At Chemical Concepts, we believe that’s true – so that’s why we seek partnerships and affiliations with trusted trade organizations who are both industry leaders and investors for future growth.

We’re thankful and proud to be a “go-to brand” for marble specialists and stone fabricators – but that reputation didn’t come overnight. It came by active investment and communication with those that use our countertop adhesive products and countertop brackets every day…and those who can tell us what works, what doesn’t, and what’s needed. That’s why we so value our relationships with trade leaders like Stone Fabricators Alliance, the International Stone Fabricator’s Association (IFSA) and The Natural Stone Institute.

Just a brief look at the mission statement from Stone Fabricator’s Alliance tells you all you need to know about important role that these types of organizations play in keeping the stone countertop industry vibrant and moving ahead: Through sharing of knowledge and experience we will succeed. We will strive to perfect our craft by continuing education and developing our individual skills, always sharing the experience. Using education, old world craftsmanship, and advances in technology we will strive to increase quality, safety, customer satisfaction, and profitability in our respective companies.

Recently we had the pleasure of participating in an educational workshop led by the Stone Fabricators Alliance in Ijamsville, Maryland. Simply put, we love being part of these types of events! We love the opportunity to demonstrate our products, answer questions, and hear first-hand the types of challenges that craftsmen are facing. Sometimes these are the situations where we get the best ideas for new products.

The focus of this particular workshop was workshop commercial jobs and wall cladding.

Here are a few photos of our team enjoying the conversations and questions at this workshop.

andrew at sfa workshopsfa workshop

We had lots of products on hand – but one that always grabs attention is our Chem-Set C30 Marblemaster dripless seaming adhesive. Here are a few pictures of the C30 Marblemaster in action at the event.

C30 Marblemaster C30 Marblemaster C30 Marblemaster

C30 offers a combination of high strength, stiffness, and toughness as well as the ability to bond very strongly to a wide variety of hard surface or inorganic materials. When combined with the proper use of ChemSet's ProBond surface cleaner/activator, C30 provides high strength bonds to virtually any stone, engineered stone or quartz or granite products, including porcelain, sintered stone, and glass. We’re glad that the workshop attendees were so impressed seeing the C30 Marblemaster in action!

In keeping with the wall cladding emphasis at the event, we also had an amazing amount of interest in our Keep-Nut Anchoring System.

The Keep-Nut fastener can be used for undermount sinks, wall panels, facades, and furniture. What definitely captured the attention of those at the workshop is the Keep-Nut’s incredible strength - up to 562 lbs per fastener! It works in natural stone, “honeycomb” composite stone, quartz, solid surface, glass and a wide variety of high hardness materials.

We encourage you to keep an eye out for other events coming up from Stone Fabricators Alliance – there’s one more workshop coming up this summer.

We love talking to customers old and new at events – but we’re always available to chat when you need us. Just give us a call at 800-220-1966 or email us at sales@chemical-concepts.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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Answering Our Customers’ Needs with the CounterPlate Plus from CounterBalance

Monday, July 10, 2017 11:12:30 AM America/New_York

CounterBalance LogoWe love being able to get input directly from our customers and other industry professionals about the types of products that they want and need. It was that type of direct input that helped us to develop the CounterPlate Plus, one of the largest brackets available in our popular CounterBalance line of countertop supports that are sturdy, safe, and non-intrusive.

Our customers were seeking help with a product designed to support counters that are mounted on knee or pony walls. Based on their input, we developed the CounterBalance CounterPlate Plus to provide a cost-efficient, quick, and easy install to support overhangs on stone and solid surface countertops.

After much testing, this design much outperformed the others in deflection, is easy to install and is extremely economical. It also outperformed similar L brackets without the spine. It had as much or less deflection as 1/2" thick material without the associated cost, weight, shipping costs, and the need to route away so much wood, which can end up weakening the header board of the pony wall.

The CounterPlate Plus is designed to attach to half walls or pony walls, supporting overhangs on “breakfast bar” style countertops. This ”L” shaped bracket ties in to the vertical wall studs for improved strength and stability.

CounterPlate PlusThe sleek design of all of our CounterBalance products saves your customers from years of banging their knees on pricey corbels. Plus, they provide superior support and security all while their low profile keeps them hidden from view. It’s the countertop, after all, that should be the visual star of the show – and the CounterPlate Plus allows the countertop to shine with a clean “floating” look.

In short, the CounterBalance CounterPlate Plus provides a cost-efficient, quick, and easy install to support overhangs on stone and solid surface countertops.

Here are some of the specifics:

  • 1/4” HRPO steel with black powder-coated finish for strength and durability-tested up to 500 lbs.
  • The CounterPlate Plus supports up to an 18” overhang. Supports should be spaced no more than 16” to 20” apart for optimum performance.
  • L shaped design and increased thickness for maximum support for larger overhangs.

The request for the larger CounterPlate Plus came after contractors  came to love the options available from other parts of the CounterBalance line. The multiple brace and bracket systems that CounterBalance manufactures are designed to support a wide variety of popular configurations including islands, peninsulas and breakfast bars.  The ease of installation and the discrete, aesthetically pleasing design are huge assets – and the economical prices seem to be appreciated as well.

You can see all of the products in our popular CounterBalance line here.

If pony wall installations are a regular for your customers, we urge you to give the CounterPlate Plus a try on your next job.

Let us know what you think about the CounterBalance line - and feel free to give us a call with your questions: 800-220-1966. Or email us here. And if you have suggestions for more products in this line, we’re all ears!

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