GATOR DUST BOND becomes very firm but will detach from wet cast or natural stones if the crushed stone base has excessive movement. It will also detach from the wet cast or natural stones if the wet cast or natural stones are oscillating back and forth due to improper installation. By following GATOR DUST BOND installation instructions carefully, you will obtain a very hard jointing material. It should be noted that GATOR DUST BOND will continue to harden over time. Avoid excessive watering or flooding of wet cast or natural stone areas. When installing wet cast or natural stones around an underground pool, a slope of 1/8 inch (3 mm) per linear foot away from the pool is mandatory. All wet cast or natural stone surfaces must have a drainage slope for the GATOR DUST BOND to work at its optimum. For the pool coping blocks, it is mandatory to use mortar in the joints. For the rest of the wet cast or natural stones installation around the pool, you can use GATOR DUST BOND. Do not sweep GATOR DUST BOND over asphalt.
Maximum joint width: 6″ (15 cm)
GATOR DUST BOND is recommended for a variety of uses, including patios, walkways and pool decks. The wet cast or natural stones must be installed on a traditional base system: maximum of 1″ (25 mm) of bedding sand, plus a minimum of 6″ (15 cm) of crushed stone compacted at 98% Proctor density. (See diagram 1 below). Adding a second layer 1″ (25 mm) of loose sand on top of the Gator Base (See Diagram 2 below) for wet cast or natural stones is also an accepted method of installation.
Install the wet cast or natural stones on a maximum 1″ (25 mm) bed of sand. Make sure that there is at least 6″ (15 cm) of compacted crushed stone under the bedding sand. See diagram 1.
Make sure the wet cast or natural stone top and side surfaces are dry.
FOR NATURAL STONES: Using a hard-bristle broom, sweep GATOR DUST BOND in between the full depth of the natural stone joints.
FOR WET CAST STONES: Using a scoop, carefully pour GATOR DUST BOND in between the full depth of the joints and avoid getting any GATOR DUST BOND on the wet cast stone surface.
Hit the wet cast or natural stones with a rubber mallet; this will make the GATOR DUST BOND settle firmly into the joints by removing any 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 BOND off wet cast or natural stone surfaces. Ensure that GATOR DUST BOND lies at least 3 mm (1/8″) below the top of the wet cast or natural stones or erosion may occur.
Using a leaf blower, blow all GATOR DUST BOND residues off wet cast or natural stone surfaces.
When the entire surface is done, rinse off any GATOR DUST BOND residue off the surface.
Use a leaf blower to remove any excess water remaining on the wet cast or natural stone pores and crevices. This blowing action is necessary to help remove any remaining GATOR DUST BOND residue left on wet cast or natural stone surfaces from the previous steps.
The water used in step 6 will activate a bonding action as well as condensing GATOR DUST BOND in the joints. Too much water will undo the dense compaction obtained during step 3 and reduce the final performance of GATOR DUST BOND.