Substrates & Areas of Application

What substrates can X-Bond be applied over?
X-Bond is applied Insitu over a range of substrates including:

Floors: Concrete, tiles, 12-18mm compressed sheeting
Walls: Plaster, Villa board, Blue board, FC Sheeting, Concrete, Brick, Foam, Ply & MDF
Joinery: MDF, Compressed Sheeting, Laminate & Marine Ply

View this PDF for more information on the existing substrates we apply X-Bond over and preparation requirements.

Where can X-Bond be applied?
X-Bond can be applied to floors, walls and joinery both internally and externally. There are different sealers available for internal and external applications.

What sealers are used for X-Bond?

  • For internal applications we use a surface mounting sealer which forms a membrane over the X-Bond. This sealer is called ‘Satin Stone’ and is used for sealing floors, walls and joinery internally.

  • For external applications, wet areas (showers) and walls we use a penetrating sealer called ‘Natural Shield’, This sealer penetrates into the X-Bond leaving you with a raw concrete look and feel.

View this PDF to find out which X-Bond finish and sealer is suited to your project.

In a wet area (shower) do I need a waterproofing membrane installed prior to X-Bond installation?
Yes, when we’re applying X-Bond to any wet areas, tanking (waterproof membrane) is required.

Can I apply X-Bond onto ceilings? 
Yes. X-Bond Seamless Stone can be applied onto ceilings depending on the square meters.

Can X-Bond be applied to a splashback?
We don’t recommend X-Bond to be installed on a splashback behind a stove / cooktop as the hot oils could migrate and leach into the sealer causing a stain.

The project I'm working on requires a very high slip resistance. What X-Bond finish should I use? 
X-Bond Mineral finish is a highly textured and slip resistant finish which is typically used for external uses and ramping / walkways.

Finish & Appearance

Is X-Bond always applied seamlessly?
X-Bond is designed to follow the existing substrate. We don't have to put breaks in if structurally it doesn't require it. When X-Bond is applied over concrete or sheeting, if there is an existing break or control joint in the existing floor we must repeat that by doing a saw cut.

Are saw cuts required on my X-Bond floor? 
Saw cuts are required in areas where there are existing control/expansion joints or floor junctions. If installing over compressed sheeting we need to follow all breaks in the sub-floor to avoid any possible movement that may cause our X-Bond to crack.

Will I be able to see trowel marks?
Yes, X-Bond is a hand trowelled finish which means that trowel marks, colour and tonal variation are a natural characteristic of the finish.  

Does X-Bond delaminate and crack?
X-Bond is a durable finish that doesn’t delaminate. However, as it is an overlay system X-Bond is as good as the existing substrate and we cannot guarantee that the existing substrate will not move causing our product to crack. This is a substrate failure and the movement is beyond our control. We will take preventative measures when preparing for the X-Bond installation to decrease the risk of substrate cracking however Alternative Surfaces will not be held responsible for naturally occurring subfloor or substrate cracking. 


What is the price per square meter of X-Bond?
We look at each job individually and price each job off plans as the price to install X-Bond varies depending on project location, total square meters, area of application, intricacy, height (for walls) etc. Please email with drawings so that we can provide you with a quote.


Can I purchase X-Bond and install it myself?
No, we supply and install X-Bond to all of our projects.

How long does it take for you to install X-Bond? 
This depends on the size of the project and the finish. An example based on 100 square meters is approximately 5 days. 

What is your lead time?
We recommend booking us in 6-8 weeks in advance to ensure we are available on your selected installation date.


What products do you recommend using to maintain my X-Bond floor?
View our maintenance procedures.