Natural Products: Apollo Magna
Apollo Magna is a 6 or 12mm thick solid surface material, produced from a mixture of resins, dyes and natural minerals and mounted on chipboard to produce a 34mm thick surface.
Solid surface as a material is produced from a mixture of resins, dyes and minerals. This composition means it is not as durable as natural stone products, but it is much more versatile, and can be easily maintained and repaired.
Here, we will explore the features and constraints of the veined surfaces within the Apollo Magna range.
Properties of Veined Magna Worktops
Veining characteristics vary for each material in the range, but can include directional flow, swirls, highlights, lowlights and can create mottled or marbled appearances. Smaller samples will often not be fully representative of full-sheet veining, and veins can differ between worktops within the same batch.
Drainer grooves and recessed drainers will each show a continuation of the same veined pattern. As the colouration is three-dimensional, drainer groove configurations will show a distortion in any straight-line veins on the top surface.
surfaces cannot be repaired as effectively as homogenous worktops. Typically, and particularly for worktops which have cracked due to thermal shock, sections of matching material will be inserted and affixed. The random finish of veined surfaces means these joins would be visible.
Colours of Apollo Magna are quality controlled between batches. Because the range is capable of large-scale sweeping veining patterns, smaller samples may not be fully representative of the colours found in an installed worktop. Colours viewed in print or by screen may also not be fully representative of actual samples.
Apollo Magna as a material is capable of seamless joints. Veined patterns will however have a distinct discontinuation at the point where two sections meet. For L-Joints, veining will likely show a change in direction.
Slab Size Limitations
Maximum sheet sizes are 3050×600 for worktops, 3000×600 for Splashbacks, 3050×100 for Upstands or 1800×900 for breakfast bars. Designs which exceed these measurements may require a joint.
Please not that the adhesives for Apollo Magna, while colour matched to a degree, are not intended to be either an exact match, nor visible after a successful installation. Video guidance on correct installation can be found on our Youtube channel.
Care & Maintenance
Apollo Magna worktops are easy to maintain, and can be repaired by sanding down the top layers with a finely abrasive cream cleaner or scourer. Scourers should not be used directly, as their abrasive effect will roughen the surface, and make it more susceptible to future staining.