Acrylic resin countertops, marketed under names such as Corian® (the original product from DuPont), Avonite, and Wilsonart, have captured the hearts of homeowners due to their durability, ease of care, and the fact that the seaming techniques create a smooth, virtually seamless surface. Made from a mixture of plastic resins, these products, known generically as solid surface material, look very much like stone but are much different than more expensive synthetic stone (quartz) materials such as Zodiaq® or Cambria®. The design flexibility and durability of solid surface countertops have helped to create some of the most beautiful kitchens and bathroom vanities you will ever see.
Although solid surface counters are generally very strong and durable, they can still scratch, stain or even crack. While stains and scratches can often be sanded and buffed out, the prospect of repairing cracked solid surface material strikes fear into the hearts of many do-it-yourselfers. For years, there has been much “technical” advice and hype about the difficulty of doing solid surface repairs correctly. And horror stories abound about professional contractors charging large sums for such repairs because they require so much specialized know-how.
Before You Begin
Now for the truth: You can do make a perfectly acceptable DIY repair yourself using one of two methods. Although a DIY solid surface crack repair will be slightly evident to a very close inspection, it will likely be nearly invisible to a casual glance.
There are two common and effective DIY methods of repairing a cracked solid surface countertop: using cyanoacrylate (super glue), or using epoxy filler material. Both materials are readily available at any home center or hardware store. These two repair methods have little risk, and it's easy to try again if you don't like the results the first time.
Although you will be working with small quantities, all epoxy fillers give off fumes as they dry and harden, so make sure to work in a room with good ventilation. Follow whatever precautions are recommended on the product label. And you don't want to inhale dust from either epoxy filler or solid surface material, so wear a particle mask during the final sanding phase of the repair.
When to Call a Professional
There are other methods for patching cracked solid surface counters, including buying the professional seaming kit used by fabricators, or routing out the damaged area and gluing in a patch. But these methods require materials, tools, and skills that most do-it-yourselfers don’t own, have access to, or know how to use. If a completely invisible repair is a must—or if the damage is extensive—you should call a professional countertop fabricator who specializes in solid-surface countertops.
Granite is one of the most durable natural stones in the world, therefore making it one of the toughest materials in the world, period. However, despite the rugged nature of granite, it can still chip if a cast iron pan plummets into your countertop’s edge. After discovering the chip on your granite countertop you may quickly dash to a search engine to find a local professional to fix your counters. Don’t fret, because with Mr. Stone’s Granite Countertop Chip Repair Kit you won’t need to rely on a professional to restore your countertops beauty. In just a matter of minutes, you’ll be able to treat, repair, and polish your granite countertop – saving you valuable time and money.
How to Repair a Granite Countertop
Here are the steps for doing your own countertop repair:
Order the Granite Chip Repair Kit
The granite chip repair kit can be easily ordered from Mr. Stone HERE.
Remove all items near the chip
Clear the area of any dishware, utensils, decorations, or any other object that may interfere with your workspace.
Clean your granite countertop
Wash and clean the chipped area using a dedicated granite countertop cleaner, such as the AGM Cleaner or by simply using soap and water. The advantage of the AGM Cleaner is that it also has a small amount of sealer in it, which will help preserve your granite counters. DO NOT use abrasive cleaners containing bleach.
Fill the chip with epoxy
Inside of the Granite Chip Repair Kit there is a gel epoxy, which will be used to fill the indentation on your countertop. Because of the natural variations in granite, it is impossible to tell that the area ever had an imperfection, since the epoxy is translucent. The same process is used during the production of granite slabs in quarries around the world. Because granite is carved from the mountains, it requires some preparation to become the slabs that you see in granite stockyards. A similar epoxy to the one that comes with the Granite Chip Repair Kit is used to prepare granite slabs for use as kitchen and bathroom countertops.
Apply the hardener and clean the area
After the epoxy has filled in the chipped area of your granite, use the hardener spray to complete the chip repair. The hardener will help the epoxy to set and ensure the strength of the chip repair. After it is sprayed, wipe down the excess. Once the hardener has dried then carefully use a razor blade, or a similar tool, to smooth out the chipped area to match the rest of your granite countertop. For the finishing touch of your granite repair, take a piece of steel wool and buff out the area until it looks smooth and beautiful. Applying granite polishers, such as AGM Cleaner afterward will give the area a nice shimmer.
Repairing a granite chip has never been easier than with Mr. Stone’s Granite Chip Repair Kit. If you need to resolve an indentation in your kitchen or bathroom countertops, just follow the link HERE to order yours today.
The pinnacle of style and grace in today’s modern kitchen is a marble countertop. Marble countertops feature the classic stone look and trademark swirling patterns that manufacturers often try to imitate with manmade materials, but the real thing is always best. Installing marble countertops is a considerable financial investment, though. That is why proper upkeep of those marble countertops is a must, but sometimes people have accidents. Luckily, there are solutions for when stains or scratches occur on the marble countertop surface.
When the problem is merely a trivial stain or scratch on the surface of a marble countertop, there shouldn’t be any need to call in the professionals. Marble countertops can often be repaired with a high-quality polishing powder or tin dioxide, which should be available at a home repair or hardware store. Homeowners can take out most of the minor stains or scratches by applying the solution with a felt cloth.
While more serious cracks and chips may be alarming, it is possible to solve the problem without newly installing marble countertops. In cases where actual pieces of the marble countertop have broken away, the broken pieces should be located and all of the edges should be wiped down with acetone. By doing this, homeowners will be removing any foreign materials and making glue bonding more successful.
Homeowners can choose epoxy glue or professional marble countertop repair cement to affix the piece back in place. There are two precautions that must be taken, though. First, homeowners must ensure that there is no excess glue on the marble countertops, which will stay on the surface after the glue has hardened. Second, they must make sure to apply enough pressure to the marble countertop for long enough.
In the case that the pieces from the chipped or broken corners in the marble countertops can’t be found, the marble countertop must be reformed with material that resembles the surface. A mold must be made of wax paper for installing marble countertops replacement pieces. When this is done, a mixture of marble dust and polyester resin cement can be used to fill in the missing piece. The same dust and resin cement mix can be used to fill in holes in marble countertops.
It isn’t exactly easy to replace or repair marble countertops, but it is far from impossible. With the right tools and a little bit of elbow grace, homeowners can make their prized investment look like new without installing marble countertops al over again. Since a marble countertop is such a heavy investment, taking the time to maintain and repair them correctly is well worth it.