Industrial Coatings / Wood Coatings / Cristobalite


Cristobalite (silica, chemical formula SiO2) is the result of the calcination of quartz at a temperature of 1500°C:


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Cristobalite can be characterised by:


  • High brightness
  • Relatively high Mohs hardness of 6.5
  • Relatively low refractive index, making it a transparent filler in various binders
  • Easy wetting
  • High inertness in various media
  • Transparency for UV-radiation (ie. suitable for UV-curing processes).


Note when using cristobalite: depending on the particle size distribution of the product, it can be labelled (STOT RE 2 or STOT RE 1). For more detailed information, visit


Basic properties

Property Value Unit
Moisture [%]
pH 9 [-]
Hardness (Mohs) 6.5 [-]
Refractive index 1.48 [-]
Colour (D65/ 10°) L* 98 [-]
Density 2.3 [kg/ dm3]



Product overview

Coarse Fine
Product Grade D50 Name Grade D50 D90 OA
[µm] [µm] [µm]
Sibelite M72 310 Sibelite M002 70 200 21
M72T (1) 300 M006 40 100 23
M0010 30 75 23.5
M3000 17 40 26
M3500 10 30 26
M4000 6 12 27
M6000 4 8 28

(1): Tamisé: > 500 µm = < 1%

Production locations Sibelite



Cristobalite will provide:


  • Chemical resistance: due to its inert nature, cristobalite provides good chemical resistance compared to conventional fillers.
  • Abrasion resistance: due to its hardness of 6.5 on Mohs scale, cristobalite will increase the coating’s resistance to wear.
  • Clarity: due to its fairly low refractive index, cristobalite becomes transparent when combined with certain binder systems.
  • UV-curing compatibility: being transparent for UV radiation, cristobalite does not block the curing mechanism.
  • Gloss control: with the availability of ultrafine and medium size cristobalite flour grades, it is possible to apply coatings with a broad range of gloss levels.
  • Pore and grain filling properties (sealer): with low impact on the viscosity, cristobalite can be used as a mineral filler in sealers to give them more body.
  • Stain resistance: cristobalite acts as a supporting mineral filler in stain resistant coatings.


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