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Getting Invisible Seams In Your Countertops

It's an aspect of stone fabrication that distinguishes a good install from a great one. It is a feature of the job that when it is done correctly, never gets noticed; and that is a good thing. Knowing about getting invisible seams on countertop installations involves various steps of the fabrication process. In this article, we will take a look at some of the things that you can do to ensure that your seams are as invisible as they can be.

What Makes Seams Invisible?

It may seem strange, but when it comes to countertops, the truth is great seams are the good deed that goes unnoticed. Making a countertop seam invisible involves some basic principles. Three of these are:

  1. Clean Cuts
  2. Seam Tightness
  3. The Right Adhesive

Each of the above factors plays a role in achieving a seam that the owner may never even recognize. In fact, There are homeowners that have had granite coutnertops installed with seams that are so well done they had the countertops for 2+ years before they ever noticed one of the seams. That's the results you are after. Great seams that are invisible. Now that we have established what makes a seam invisible, let's look at how to obtain that result.

Clean Cuts Contribute to Invisible Seams

In order for a countertop seam to be as inconspicuous as possible, it all starts with smooth edge. The smoother the edge, the better the seam can be. To get a smooth edge on a stone that will be bonded to another piece of stone to create a seam, after cutting, you can smooth the edge using the proper tools. Additionally, you can make the task even easier by using the proper blade to make the cut in the first place. For example, making a 45° miter cut that produces smooth edges can be done using a clean cutting miter blade that has side diamonds to smooth the edge as it cuts. Getting the edges as smooth as possible is only the first aspect of getting and invisible seam.

Tight Seams Are Less Visible

Anohter part of making your seams very hard to see is to get the seam as tight as you can. This is why a clean cut is so important. the rougher the edge the harder it will be to get the seem tight. But even with a smooth edge, getting the seam tight requires the ability to fine tune the alignment and keep constant pressure on the stone as it is held together.

If you think about it, it makes perfect sense that tight seams are harder to see. After all, the narrower the gap between the pieces of stone, the finer the glue line is going to be. But how can you get the stone together as tight as possible? Many stone professionals make use of seam setting tools to ensure that the seam is as tight as it can be. In addition to to being a tight seam, a related aspect to keep in mind is that the seam also needs to be level. Using a good seam setter properly accomplishes both of these aspects.

Matching Adhesive Conceals The Seam

Even after getting the first facets of good seaming perfect, there is still another technique that can be done. What is that? Matching the bonding adhesive to the stone's color will go a long way towards getting invisible seams. The closer the glue matches the color of the material, the more difficult the seam will be to detect. How do you match the color?

To accomplish getting invisible seams in your countertops consider using a color matched cartridge glue. These stone adhesives are made to match various hard surface products. Simply select the color that matches the material you are gluing and bond the seam using that color. Or, if you wish, you can use a transparent cartridge glue for the job. Either way, this is the icing on the proverbial cake.

As we have seen in this article, creating invisible countertop seams doesn't need to be an insurmountable task. Making smooth, clean cuts using a high quality miter blade, making tight seams using the proper seaming tools, and finishing the job with a color matched stone cartridge glue are keys to your success. Using all of these techniques and getting better at executing them is sure to go a long way toward getting invisible seams.

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250 ML Cement - P Titanium Cartridge 250 ML Cement - P Titanium Cartridge

This glue is designed for use on a range of fabrication materials and surfaces and cures shiny with great polishability.

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Domo 10 Metal-stone Cartridge Domo 10 Metal-stone Cartridge

Epoxy bi-compnent cartridge glue that works very well for bonding metal materials to stone and other substances.

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Ecru - P 816 Ecru - P 816

Glaxs is a versatile adhesive that is color matched to various colors of materials and is compatible with many surface types surfaces.

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Foggy Foggy

Glaxs is a versatile adhesive that is compatible with many kinds of surfaces and is color matched to give the best seaming.

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M200XMR Cartridge Gun M200XMR Cartridge Gun

Universal cartridge gun for adhesive products in many mix ratios including 10:1, 2:1, and 1:1 glue cartridges.

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8" Metal Vacuum Cup 8" Metal Vacuum Cup

This vacuum cup measures 8" in diameter and is for use on install sites or for moving panels of material that have a smooth surface.

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Single Seam Setter - USA Single Seam Setter - USA

This single seam setter was made specifically for pulling seams of countertops and is super easy to use for getting great seam results.

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White Rubber Ratchet White Rubber Ratchet

White rubber doesn't create rings, black marks, stains, etc, on more delicate materials such as white or light stones.

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