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What Is Tin Oxide and How Do I Use It?

Published: 06/29/2017 Comments: 0

Tin oxide is a compound formula consisting of both tin and oxygen. It is used in various trades to polish stone and give it a glossy appearance. Lapidarists and jewelers will use this compound with gemstones to reduce costly imperfections, and glass makers also benefit by increasing the viscosity of their finished products.

What is Tin Oxide and How Do I Use It?

In stone fabrication and maintenance with granite and marble surfaces (like countertops) tin oxide can create a smooth surface and restore the shine so that they appear almost new. That high gloss finish is desired in brand new countertops, but unfortunately, most surfaces eventually lose their brilliance over time with use and lack of proper maintenance. Using a tin oxide-based product can easily help rejuvenate and restore those stone surfaces. Products like DeFusco Industrial Supply High Quality Tin Oxide Powder will exceed your expectations when used properly. We have also created tin oxide bundles that provide you with almost everything you will need to properly utilize this very diverse product.

What's the Difference Between Pure and Filler Tin Oxide?

Quite often, you will find that polishing powders that are based around tin oxide will use cheap filler ingredients. These types of polishing products may be inexpensive, but they are generally much worse at adding the desired glossy appearance. This is because the filler in such product makes for many abrasive textures. When polishing granite or marble, it is always recommended to use only pure tin oxide, like the High-Quality Tin Oxide from DeFusco Industrial Supply. Some people say Zircon is a cheaper alternative to tin oxide. The problem there is that you will need larger amounts of zircon over time to achieve the same look as tin oxide could easily produce in less time.

How to Use Tin Oxide for Polishing Stone

Polished Granite Countertop

You should start every project by dusting dry tin oxide onto the surface. You should try to not mix the solution with water because it is not water soluble, but water will be applied afterward as a means to spread the compound. Since the process requires a lot of physical strain, you only need to apply the powder to areas that are dull.

Use a spray bottle of water to lightly distribute water around the area. Using too much water will make the tin oxide run off of the surface. You may use water straight from the faucet, but distilled water may be considered if you are concerned about purity. When scrubbing the surface with the tin oxide, use circular motions with a damp cloth or polishing pad. Make sure that the surface is perfectly clean before scrubbing as it may cause unwanted scuffs. Circular motion has been proven that it is more effective at shining than just side to side action.

Using power tools with scrubbers may also be beneficial if the area is very stubborn. If power tools are used, make sure to use at very low RPM speeds.

Dry the area thoroughly after it has been completed. After it has dried, evaluate to see if the surface needs another lapping. The extremely dull area will probably need multiple applications in one session.

Safety Precautions for Using Tin Oxide

Fortunately, tin oxide has been deemed nontoxic. A craftsman may be at risk of getting some of the compound in their eyes and this is a cause for concern. Wearing safety glasses to prevent such incidents from occurring is the most important safety precaution to consider when handling it. If it is exposed to the eyes, it can cause irritation and inflammation. There is also a mild risk of respiratory problems if a significant amount is inhaled, so a mask or respirator can be a good idea.


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