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Faux Translucent Stone Artificial stone collection of translucent sheet materialBeautiful when backlighted12 different designs in stockWeights significantly less than real natural stoneEasy to fabricate: glueing, milling, drilling, sanding, even warmbending Find your dealer
Designs
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0102 Wave white/grey
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0103 Wave white/yellow
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0205-2 Cracked Onyx white
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0215-1 Cracked Onyx white with orange vain
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0206-2 Cracked Onyx white/yellow/orange vain
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0302 Faux Alabaster no vains
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0302-1 Faux Alabaster one vain
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0302-2 Faux Alabaster 2 vains
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0401 Onyx stone white
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0402 Onyx Stone yellow/brown
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0601 Luxury Onyx white/green
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0901 Luxury stone white/beige
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1101 Wood stone white/yellow
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1201 Curly cappuccino stone
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1301 Faux strips white
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2001 Faux Marble white/grey
Applications
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Retail design

Faux Translucent Stone is beautiful and elegant material for retail design. It has been tested by us for applications in direct contact with flagrances, perfumes and liquors.

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Bar counters and reception desks

Faux Translucent Stone is a beautiful surface material for bar counters and reception desks. It has been tested for applications in direct contact with flagrances and liquors.

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Luxury wall cladding

Luxury wall cladding material, with or without light. The chemical resistance is very good and it's easy to clean.

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Hospitality design

Faux Translucent Stone is because of it's elegant and natural look and feel beautiful for hospitality applications. With or without light.

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Backlit walls or ceilings

Backlit applications are absolutely the most attractive. Walls or ceilings of Faux Translucent Stone installed on acrylic light guide sheets with LEDs are extremely easy and impressive!

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Lighting fixtures

Especially for lighting applications we have a few designs in stock in 4 or 5 mm thickness. Faux Translucent Stone is easy to mill or cut and both light transmission and diffusion are excellent.

Technical FAQs
Applying and installing
How do I install the sheets on the wall?
  • Use high tack kit or neutral cure silicon. Make sure you use kits which can’t be seen through the sheet. These kits are suitable as long as they stay flexible on long term. Of course this flexibility is needed because of differences in coefficients of expansion of the FTS versus the substrate.
  • Make sure you use enough kit and apply the silicone over the complete sheet.
  • Allow a 3mm expansion gap at the perimeter of each panel.
How do I backlight a Faux Translucent Stone sheet?

There are two good options:

  1. LED-cells with a batwing shaped lightpattern. We realised a distance of 80 mm while the LED-cells had a distance LED-to-LED of 150 mm on a rectangular matrix.
  2. Light-guide-plates guarantee the highest light efficiency and the most perfect uniformity. Because the sheet is perfectly clear, the colour that the sheet emits is exactly the colour of the illuminating LEDs. Light-guide-plates are made of cast acrylic sheets that emit light, i.e. a light source. LEDs are placed at the butt end; the light runs through the plate and is reflected out-ward through a pattern of points, so the light comes from the surface.

As different designs of Faux Translucent Stones have different transmission and diffusion-characteristics a small test is needed.  However do not expect any complex problems when backlighting. The results with a proper installed lighting are great!

 

 

Is it possible to print on Faux Translucent Stone?

Yes it is. We do have excellent experiences with flat-bed UV- and not-UV printing. Also with screenprinting. Best is to test the adhesion of the ink used. As there are a lot of different inkts and hardening-systems no testing is adviced. Substrate should be cleaned first.

Surface preparation
Ensure that all substrates are clean, dry and free of oil, dusts or other surface contaminants. The amount of surface (or edge) preparation directly influences the final bond strength of an adhesive. Wipe with a clean cloth resin substrates with a 50/50 solution of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and water. For metal substrates sandblast or abrade with 150 grit sandpaper followed by a water whipe with a dry clean cloth.

I want to storage Faux Translucent Stone, what’s important to know?

1 Faux Translucent Stone should be stored at room temperature in a dry environment, not exposed to direct sunlight or heat.

2 The panels should be stored horizontally on a 100% flat surface or pallet. Faux Translucent Stone will otherwise warp!

3 Protective masking should be removed within 30 days of receipt to prevent adhesive from the foil sticking to the panel.

4 Allow material to acclimatise fully (temperature / humidity) before fabricating. Parts to be joined have to be in the same environment for at least 48 hours.

Which certifications are available for Faux Translucent Stone?

Fire behavior
Bs1d0 according to (N)EN 13501,tested by Peutz Laboratory for Firesafety April 2016. Material can be used safe everywhere.

Food safety
Samples have been tested by Merieux NutriSciences June 2016. Material approved according to directive 10/2011: EC 1935/2004 and EC 023/2006.

 

Cleaning and maintaining
Is Faux Translucent Stone susceptible to scratching?

It is possible for FTS to become damaged by scratching. Light scratches can easily be repaired using sanding and polishing techniques. For very light scratches polishing with a paste as used for cars should be sufficient and lead to good results. Heavier scratches could need sanding and then repolishing.

Recently we got quite impressed by a multifunctional cleaner called VuPlex. VuPlex gives  an protective wax-like microlayer, which appaers to be indeed a very effective method for prevention of any chemical influences. Also this wax-like layer makes scratches less visible. The surface of the material becomes smoother, softer and very easy to clean because this wax-like layer is water- and dirt repellent. And, moreover, also antistatic.

So, we advise to use this cleaner for (preventive) maintainance of the Faux Translucent Stone.

What’s important to know about maintaining Faux Translucent Stone?

Recently we got quite impressed by a multifunctional cleaner called VuPlex. We did several test comparing the results of traditional cleaners versus the results obtained by VuPlex.The use of VuPlex has distinct advantages over the traditional approach with mild soap etcetera. Vuplex is first a cleaner, an effective cleaner and easy to use one, removing also quite difficult stains. But it also contains a wax-like material. This additive seals micro-pores. We investigated the Faux Stones Series of couse intensely with cheap red wine, curries etcetera. We found that in some cases -with overnight exposure- we had to use Scotch Brite-just a few seconds – to remove a superficial effect.

VuPlex gives an protective wax-like microlayer, which appaers to be indeed a very effective method for prevention of any chemical influences. Also this wax-like layer makes scratches less visible. The surface of the material becomes smoother, softer and very easy to clean because this wax-like layer is water- and dirt repellent. And, moreover, also antistatic.

So, we advise to use this cleaner for (preventive) maintainance of the Faux Translucent Stone.

 

What’s important to know about cleaning Faux Translucent Stone?
  • Use VuPlex

Recently we got quite impressed by a multifunctional cleaner called VuPlex. We did several test comparing the results of traditional cleaners versus the results obtained by VuPlex. The use of VuPlex has distinct advantages over the traditional approach witl mild soap etcetera. Vuplex is first a cleaner, an effective cleaner and easy to use one, removing also quite difficult stains. But it also contains a wax-like material. This additive seals micro-pores. We investigated the Faux Stones Series of couse intensely with cheap red wine, curries etcetera. We found that in some cases -with overnight exposure- we had to use Scotch Brite-just a few seconds – to remove a superficial effect. VuPlex gives an protective wax-like microlayer, which appaers to be indeed a very effective method for prevention of any chemical influences. Also this wax-like layer makes scratches less visible. The surface of the material becomes smoother, softer and very easy to clean because this wax-like layer is water- and dirt repellent. And, moreover, also antistatic.

So, we advise to use this cleaner for (preventive) maintainance of the Faux Translucent Stone

 

  • Traditional approach to cleaning

Rinse the sheets or product with lukewarm water. Remove dust and dirt from the Faux Translucent Stone with a soft cloth or sponge and a solution of mild soap and/or liquid detergent in water. A 50:50 solution of isopropylalcohol and water also works well. Rinse thorougly with lukewarm water. Always use a soft, damp cloth to blod dry. A nonwoven is perfect. Rubbing with a dry cloth could schratch the material and also help to create a static charge leading to dust-attraction. Never use scrapers, squeeguees or abrasives like Scotch-Brite. Also avoid scouring compounds, gasoline, benzene, acetone, carbon tetrachloride, certain deceing fluids, lacquer thinnes or other strong solvens.

 

 

 

 

How do I repair damages occasioned by use?

The way the damage can or should be repaired is related to the kind of damage.

  • Light scatches in polished or matt material can de removed using the correct sandingpapers in the correct sequence using rotating equipment. After grain 1200 a polishing agent should be used with a soft cloth of the rotating equipment. The approach is like polishing the laquer of a car.
  • Deeper scratches need more sanding. However when the scratch is more then 1 mm deep (which is seldom the case) even the professional cannot repair without leaving a surface with a lightreflection that is a bit disturbed.
  • Parts that have broken because of violence can be glued using a “superglue” with a very low vicosity. However: an invisible reparation is quite impossible. A functional reparation on the contrary is no problem.
What do you need to do for the surface preparation? (before using)

Ensure that all substrates are clean, dry and free of oil, dusts or other surface contaminants. The amount of surface (or edge) preparation directly influences the final bond strength of an adhesive. Wipe with a clean cloth resin substrates with a 50/50 solution of isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and water. For metal substrates sandblast or abrade with 150 grit sandpaper followed by a water whipe with a dry clean cloth.

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Fabricating
Has Faux Translucent Stone a thickness tolerance?

Faux Translucent Stone sheets have a minimum thickness tolerance. Typical is +/- 10% variation within a sheet. You’ll find technical datasheets of every design on this website.

Is Faux Translucent Stone susceptible to scratching?

It is possible for FTS to become damaged by scratching. Light scratches can easily be repaired using sanding and polishing techniques. For very light scratches polishing with a paste as used for cars should be sufficient and lead to good results. Heavier scratches could need sanding and then repolishing.

Recently we got quite impressed by a multifunctional cleaner called VuPlex. VuPlex gives  an protective wax-like microlayer, which appaers to be indeed a very effective method for prevention of any chemical influences. Also this wax-like layer makes scratches less visible. The surface of the material becomes smoother, softer and very easy to clean because this wax-like layer is water- and dirt repellent. And, moreover, also antistatic.

So, we advise to use this cleaner for (preventive) maintainance of the Faux Translucent Stone.

How do I saw cut Faux Translucent Stone sheets?

Circular saws, band saws, saber saws, jigsaws, hacksaws and handsaws can achieve reasonable results. However, some saws are better suited because they produce smoother, faster and precise cuts. For linear sawing the circular saw – also the ones that can be attached to a rail – are preferred. For shapes band saws usually produce the best surfaces.

Blade design is a very important part in successfully sawing the Faux Translucent Stone (FTS) A skip tooth band saw blade is preferred. It generates less heat and removes the chips more efficient. For best results the teeth should have zero rake and some set. For a curved cut the blade should be narrower and have more set than for a straight cut. The blade must be kept sharp and the blade guide should be placed very near the cut to minimize vibration.

A circular saw is preferred to a band saw for straight cuts even though it tends to generate more heat. A blade with diameter 300 mm should be operated at ca. 3000 RPM with a feed of at least 1 mtr/minute for 10 mm thick material. Use diamond or HM tipped blades. At least 40 teeth and the geometry of the teeth can be or side-set of roof-shaped. An almost zero rake is advised and the tooth should very free running. A perforated saw blade usually runs cooler. It is essential that the spindle bearing be tight so that the saw will run true.

Is it possible to laser Faux Translucent Stone?

Faux Translucent Stone should never be lasered. Do not try it!!

Can I watercut Faux Translucent Stone?

Watercutting however seems an excellent strategy, especially for complicated work. We have ourselves no experience with it yet. As soon as we have executed appropriate experiments with a watercutting machine we will complement this paragraph with more information about this approach.

How do I drill Faux Translucent Stones?

Drills developed especially for plastics are widely available. We suggest that the fabricator uses such drills when drilling Faux Translucent Stone. Standard twist drills for wood or metal can be used, however they require slower speeds and feed rates to produce a clean, non-gummed hole. Optimum bit speed, feed rate and applied pressure will depend on the size of the hole and the thickness of the Faux Translucent Stone. Use drill speeds up to 1750 RPM for smaller holes and use speeds as low as 350 RPM for larger holes. Larger holes can be routed too of course. Lasering holes is no option. Watercutting however should be ok.

Twist drills as used for plastics are best. They should have two flutes, a point with an included angle of 60 to 90 degrees and a lip clearance of 12 to 18 degrees. Wide, highly polished flutes are desirable since they expel the chips with low friction and thus tend to avoid overheating and consequent gumming. Drills with substantial clearance on the cutting edge of the flutes make smoother holes than those with less clearance. Drills should be backed out often enough in order to free chips, especially when drilling deep holes. Peripheral speeds of twist drills for plastics ordinarily range from 30 to 60 meter a minute. The rate of feed generally varies from 0.1 to 0.5 mm each revolution.

Important: Always when drilling be sure to hold or clamp the part securely to prevent it from cracking or slipping and presenting a safety hazard to the operator.

Purchasing
What is the delivery time of Faux Translucent Stone

All design published on this website are in stock in Europe. Please contact the dealer in your country for a specific delivery time.

 

What’s the sheet size of Faux Translucent Stone?

The maximum sheet size is 2440x1220mm.

Is it possible to receive samples of the designs?

Samples are available of all designs and can be requested via the dealer in your country.

What is the minimum order quantity of Faux Translucent Stone?

You can purchase Faux Translucent Stone:

  • per full sheet
  • per pallet, also compose your own mix pallet
  • fabricated, ask the dealer in your country for more information
Is it possible to order Faux Translucent Stone in another sheet size?

Every Faux Translucent Stone sheet is hand-made on a table with the size 2440x1220mm. At this moment it’s not possible to order larger sheet sizes yet. We are developing a sheet size of 3000mm. If you want a smaller sheet size, please ask your dealer for sheets cut-to-size.

 

I want to design my own Faux Translucent Stone sheet, is that possible?

Yes, it is possible to design your own handmade Faux Translucent Stone for special projects with a minimum order quantity of 50 sheets. Please consider a longer delivery time and some extra time and costs for making you a sample and approving it. Please contact the dealer in your country for more information.

Is it possible to order Faux Translucent Stone in other thicknesses?

Yes it is on request possible to order other thicknesses. Please consider a longer delivery time and some extra time and costs for making you a sample and approving it. Please contact the dealer in your country for more information.

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