Pre-etching marble?

kam76March 7, 2013

Has anyone heard of this. I was talking to a gal at our local stone yard and she said they can pre-etch marble by rubbing a low grade acid over the entire surface. This way other acid etches are a lot less noticeable. I have never heard of this before have any of you?

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I don't know anything about pre-etching (or living with marble for that matter), but I've wondered what it would be like to hasten etching with e.g. lemon juice. If new single etches look bad but over time increase and develop into a patina, why not bite the bullet and get it over with?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 3:04PM
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Try running an Internet search for: marble etch

You'll find many threads which mention the possibility of pre-etching. I'll link one below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pre-etching marble discussion

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 3:38PM
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Interesting discussion here.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 3:52PM
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Great cool guys thanks! I did a search but I must have used the wrong key words.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 4:46PM
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Isn't that what they call honed??

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 8:14PM
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Hi Kam76,

I have the acid washed marble and love it. I have had it for almost a year now and haven't noticed any etches.Thanks to Marcolo for linking to my post about it. Hope that gives you some answers, but if you need any more info please don't hesitate to ask and if you are near northern Va and would like to see it, come on over. Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2013 at 10:02AM
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Heidi Adams

Exactly my ponderings! I am debating between carrera and a fantasy brown...fantasy brown is hardier, but it still etches...not instantly but it will if you leave a lemon on it for a while...I am almost thinking that a-pre-etched carrera will be better since you can easily etch the entire stone whereas the FB will always have just a few marks here or there because you cannot just rub lemon on it to etch it instantly and throughly. If you do this, please report back!

    Bookmark   March 22, 2015 at 10:42AM
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