Published on giugno 24th, 2014 | by Sara Leonardi0
GATOR DUST BOND
Very firm between the stone joints
DESCRIPTION OF POLYMERIC STONE DUST
Gator Dust is a unique mixture of polymer binders and calibrated crushed stone available in Sahara Beige or Stone Grey. Once Gator Dust sets, it becomes very firm and locks between the stone joints. This firm bond maintains the stones securely in place equally effectively on both horizontal and sloped surfaces.
- Pool decks
- Product works at above 15°C
- Compatible with all types of wetcast & natural stones
- Gator Dust BOND is ideal for joints that are a minimum of 1.25 cm to a maximum of 10 cm wide
- Can only be installed if rain is not forecasted within the next 24 hours.
- Intact pallets can be stored outside.
- Individual bags must be kept in dry storage.
- For pedestrian application only.
- Does not haze stones.
Easy to install
- Sweep into the joints
- Tamp and clean stones
- Spray a mist of water
- And you’re done
Helps prevent weed sprouting.
Helps prevent damages caused by insects.
Helps prevent erosion due to climatic conditions, such as wind, rain and freezing.
METHOD OF APPLICATION OF GATOR DUST BOND for WETCAST & NATURAL STONES:
Install stones on a bed of sand covering a drainage base system.
Make sure the stone’s top surface is dry.
FOR NATURAL STONES: Using a hard-bristle, heavy-duty construction broom, sweep Gator Dust in between the full depth of the natural stone joints.
FOR WETCAST STONES: Using a scoop, carefully pour Gator Dust in between the full depth of the joints and avoid getting any Gator Dust on the stone surface.
Hit the stones with a rubber mallet; this will make the GATOR DUST settle firmly into the joints by removing the air pockets. Repeat step 2 and this step 3 at least two more times.
Using a soft, fine-bristle broom, sweep all excess Gator Dust off stone surfaces. Ensure that Gator Dust lies at least 1/8 inch below the top of the stones.
Using a leaf blower, blow away all GATOR DUST residue lying on the stone surface. Depending on the physical layout present, it may be more appropriate to remove residue by using a vacuum unit.
First Water Spray:At a height of 1.2 m, use a nozzle connected to a hose to direct a gentle shower (setting of water gun: “shower” or equivalent) of water on a certain stone area for 15-20 seconds, basically just enough to dampen the surface. Wait 3 to 4 minutes (not longer). Proceed to Second watering phase. Second Water Spray: From a height of 60cm, aim the gentle shower directly at the stone surface. Water slightly heavier than the first phase and rinse simultaneously so as to eliminate any Gator Dust residue left on the stones. The Gator Dust residue should go directly into the stone joints and you should have water ponding in the joints. Wait 3 to 4 minutes (not longer). Proceed to Third watering phase. Third Water Spray: From a height of 60cm, aim the gentle shower again directly at the stone surface. Again, water and rinse simultaneously so as to eliminate any Gator Dust residue left on the stones. The Gator Dust residue should go directly into the stone joints. However, stop watering (ALERT) when you see the joints begin to retain and fill with water.
Repeat the directions of step 6 for all other areas that have not been showered with water. It is important that once you start, the surface remains wet through the entire watering process, on a hot day this may require working asmaller area and adding more water throughout the process.
Use a leaf blower to remove all excess surface water lying on stones pores and crevices. This blowing action is necessary to help remove any remaining Gator Dust residue left on stone surfaces from the previous steps. Depending on the physical layout, it may be more appropriate to remove remaining residue with a vacuum unit.
Gator Dust becomes very firm but will crack if the crushed stone base has movement. By following the installation instructions carefully, you will obtain a very hard jointing material. It should be noted that Gator Dust will continue to harden over time. Do not apply on wet or damp surface since bonding action will cause Gator Dust to stick on surface and avoid proper sliding in joint. Do not use if rain is expected within 24 hours. Avoid excessive watering or flooding of stone areas. When installing stones around an underground pool a slope of 3 mm per linear foot (30 cm) away from the pool is mandatory. All stones surfaces must have a drainage slope for the Gator Dust to work at its optimum. For the pool coping blocks it is mandatory to use mortar in the joints. For the rest of the stone installation around the pool, you can use Gator Dust. Do not sweep Gator Dust over asphalt.
The water used in step 6 will activate a bonding action as well as condense GATOR DUST in the joints. Too much water will undo the dense compaction obtained during step 3 and reduce the final performance of GATOR DUST. If steps 4, 5, 6 and 8 are not done properly, a white haze may appear on stone surfaces following installation. This is due to excess GATOR DUST residue left on the stone surface. This haze will dissipate over time. It can also be removed by using a concrete efflorescence cleaner.
FOR USE ON and REQUIRED SUB-SURFACE PREPARATION
Gator Dust is recommended for a variety of uses, including patios, walkways and pool decks. The stones have to be installed on a drainage base system: maximum of 2.5 cm of bedding sand, plus a minimum of 12.5 cm of crushed stone compacted at 95% Proctor density.
- Gator Dust must be installed above 15°C.
- Gator Dust can only be installed if rain is not forecasted in the next 24 hours.
- Minimize or avoid walking on the stones for 24 hours after the installation of Gator Dust .
- Staining may occur – if Gator Dust is left lying on the stone surface for a long duration, moisture can form and will activate the Gator Dust on the stone surface.
- Do not use Gator Dust when the stones are installed over a concrete base. Gator Dust is designed to function on a drainage base system (see diagram below). A concrete base inhibits drainage thus the trapped water will negatively impact the product’s performance.
- Individual bags must be kept in dry storage.
For details see Internet site www.alliancegator.com
The quantity required depends on the shape and size of the stones as well as the width of the joints. One bag of 25KG of this product will cover between 2.17 to 4.26 m2) if the joints are about 2.54 to 5.08 cm) wide and the stones are about 5.08 cm to 6.35 cm thick.
Quantity required depends on the shape and paving size as well as the width of the joints.
Narrow Joints: 25kg bag from 6.58 to 8.13m2
Wide Joints: 25kg bag from 2.17 to 4,26m2
PACKAGING: Pallet of 56 bags of 25kg each
COLORS: Slate grey, Beige, Ivory
PLATIC BAGS: Intact pallets can be stored outside
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