Cultured Marble Countertop Refinishing by miraclemethod.comCultured marble is a blend of marble dust and polyester resin and is often used for bathroom vanities, sinks and shower pans and walls. A man-made composite material, cultured marble is easily chipped, stained, or burned by cigarettes. Called thermal shock, it is caused by fast, repetitive changes in temperature from hot to cold. The amount of savings by refinishing cultured marble countertops and vanities over replacement depends largely on size and the complexity of your current countertop installation. Non-standard length or shape will require a custom bid and fabrication. You may need a licensed plumber to disconnect, reconnect, and modify any plumbing during replacement. Cultured marble countertops are excellent candidates for refinishing instead of replacement. Over time cultured marble can become scratched, chipped, stained, or simply out-dated. Cultured marble sinks often develop cracks around the drain. Fortunately, any damage you have to your cultured marble sink or vanity can be easily repaired prior to refinishing. Non-standard sink or bowl location configurations will require custom fabrication. You may require a glass company to remove and re-hang the mirror that sets on top of your vanity during removal and replacement.
3 Ways To Remove A Scratch From A Granite Countertop by wikihow.comHowever, there are some do-it-yourself fixes for minor scratches that can save you time and money. Depending on the state of your counter top, you may only need to clean your counter top with warm water and a mild soap to remove any dirt, grime, or buildup from it. You’ll want to remove any buildup has occurred inside the scratch. Stubborn grime that is firmly lodged in your scratch can be scraped out with a small tool or cleaning implement, like a toothpick or a cotton swab. For especially greasy counter tops, you may have to resort to more extreme measures. Make sure there is good ventilation in the room before applying your acetone to prevent the harmful fumes from building up. The color of your granite can have an impact on the visibility of scratches; scratches in light colors will likely be more apparent than those in darker colors. If the scratch you are dealing with appears to be quite small, apply some water to it. You might see if he can assist your in your granite repair or recommend someone who is qualified to do the same. Etching occurs when a substance corrodes your counter, leaving behind a very slight mark on it that often looks like a stain, cup ring, or small blemish. Make sure your counter top is completely free of soap or any other cleaning agent you used to clean the scratch. Generally, you should use a small amount of polishing paste to begin with and apply moderate pressure when polishing. Use moderate pressure when buffing and small, circular motions that centralize around your scratch. You can gauge whether or not your counter top needs to be resealed with a simple drip test. Cleaning again will prevent these from being trapped beneath the seal. Most sealers only require about 15 minutes before adhering to the surface of your counter.
Bonstone Granite Scratch Repair Kit | Duration 3 Minutes 32 Seconds For this kind of treatment to be effective, you’ll need the scratch to be deep enough for the acrylic to take root. Very light scratches and etching can best be remedied with a polishing agent or light buffing. This treatment can work especially well for scratches that are invisible when wet. The surface should also be dry unless otherwise indicated by your enhancer. Use a small amount of enhancer on an out of view spot to make sure the enhanced color is to your liking. Allow the enhancer to sit on your counter top for the time indicated in the instructions – usually about 15 minutes. Scratches often leave behind a color that is lighter than the surface of your stone, but these can be rendered invisible with a permanent or paint marker matching the color of your counter. Color in the scratch with your permanent or paint marker until the scratch is no longer clearly visible. Just be sure to use it in a well ventilated area and never use near or with bleach. Depending on the severity of scratch you’re trying to remove, you may need to consult a professional stone restoration expert to prevent worsening an already serious condition. To do so, you may have to allow your counter top to soak in a mild cleaner before wiping the cleaner away. Use cleaner and your tool to completely cleanse the scratch of buildup. You can use acetone on your granite to ensure a good degreasing. You may want a ruler or a tape measure on hand so you can more precisely evaluate the size and depth of your scratch. If the water makes your scratch disappear, it’s highly likely you can remedy this scratch on your own. The dealer or contractor who sold and/or installed your granite counter tops may also do restoration and repair work. Deep scratches will need to be ground down with diamond pads until the top layer of the granite with the scratch in it is removed. Both of these processes, if done incorrectly, can further damage or even ruin your counter top. This measure should only be taken if your counter top is already polished. If you can barely feel the scratches in the surface of your counter, a polishing paste may be your best alternative. These substances may interact with your polishing paste unfavorably. Different brands will require different procedures for you to achieve best results. In most cases, you’ll only need a little of your granite polishing agent to remove etching. Using a coarse grade sandpaper, steel wool, or buffing paper could result in damage to your granite counter top. In this case, you should use a dry piece of #0000 steel wool to buff out your scratch(es). After several minutes of buffing, if you still notice no change in the appearance of your scratch, you’ll have to make use of other measures. However, if improperly or inexpertly performed, these methods can result in permanent deformation of your granite. If the water has spread or left a dark spot on your counter, it’s time to reseal your granite. Your local hardware store should have a counter top sealer suitable for your granite. Your hands may have transferred dirt, oil, or grime back to the counter top. In most cases, this will be done with a brush, though your sealer might recommend using a cloth for application. Then you can wipe any excess sealer away with a dry cloth, and buff the area with small circular motions using a microfiber cloth. These kits are specifically intended to repair small scratches or pits in your granite by filling the afflicted area with a hard drying clear acrylic patch. Scratches that you can feel obviously with your fingers are good candidates for acrylic repair. There are many different kinds of acrylic granite repair kit, including gels specifically formulated for counter tops. A color enhancer can brighten the color of your granite to its original hue, but a color enhancer can also hide small scratches that appear over time. You may want to test your color enhancer before applying it to a highly visible part of your counter.
Repairing Scratches On A Natural Stone Tile Floor | Duration 4 Minutes 15 Seconds Then wipe the area with a cloth dampened with denatured alcohol to erase any unnecessary color.
How To Get Scratches Out Of A Stainless Steel Sink by countertopsfaq.comHowever, our guide can also be applied to other surfaces such as the worktops. This needs to be slightly abrasive so the scratch is blended out and can only be used on small scratches. You may end up with a bright spot otherwise, which won’t look better than the scratch. For more stubborn stains, water marking or rust, you can use a mild, non-abrasive cream or polish applied with a soft cloth. Once a week, you should deep clean your steel kitchen surfaces using a suitable for stainless steel cleanser, rubbing in the direction of the finish lines. Be careful to use cleaning products suitable for stainless steel, and not anything for other metals. Rust shouldn’t happen on stainless steel countertops or sinks but occasionally contact with iron containing materials can cause rust marks over time. Most of the time, the steel surface will be fine and not rusting, is just a deposit on top of it. Water leaves water marks, and chlorine can damage the finish. And don’t let them dry on your sink, wash them off to avoid stains. Do not let limescale accumulate: clean with a diluted vinegar solution (1 to 4 with water should work well for light stains) regularly, and it will save you a lot of scrubbing later. If you are not a fan of that, regular cleaning and maintenance can avoid them altogether. A scratch mark on your beautiful stainless steel sink or worktop. Scratches happen usually due to a dish or cutlery hitting against the steel, which is why is more common to see them on the sink. Keep reading to learn how to get scratches out of a stainless steel sink, and how to take care of it properly to minimise future damage. This saves you from having to perform in-depth cleaning with a much harsher cleaning agent. Don’t forget to rinse afterwards with clean water, and dry with a clean cloth to prevent water marks and chlorine staining your steel sink. A soft cloth or sponge can be used but avoid anything too aggressive such as a metal scourer (steel wool) or metal bristled brushes. For example, if you have cast iron pans or a cast iron kettle and you leave it on your stainless steel worktop for too long you may end up with a rust stain. There are commercial products that can be used to treat them, or alternatively a solution of nitric acid under 20% applied with a sponge can be used to rub away the stain. Avoid using wire wool which usually has carbon on it, as it can leave rust marks on stainless steel. Avoid leaving water spills, wet cloths, sponges, cleaning pads or drying mats on top of your steel surfaces. How to get scratches out of a stainless steel sink is not difficult, but it requires some elbow grease and the right products.
Have A Broken Marble? Cracks Splits Or Breakages Restoration Service. – by marblerestoration.usCracking in your table, counter or slab is often a big shock and pain too. It’s true but we can offer the solution that will avoid the piece replacement. Hairline cracks may not really pose a threat (for a short while), and it requires some of the force to move apart. Before filling up cracks or joints we are mixing epoxy with stone pigments for best color matching. For thin hairline cracks, we are using penetrating liquid epoxy for deeper absorbing epoxy into a crack. You understand that once it’s broken, even if fixable, it will never be like new. There are basically two types of cracks possibly happen on a stone, these are hairline cracks and breakages or splitting apart. This epoxy is tough and durable for fixing cracks and filling holes in stone surfaces. In some cases, cracks or holes should be enlarged prior filling up for proper adhesion. Also, we can repair seams expansion in the countertops, fireplaces and others items where slab movement occurred.
Pits and Chip Repair: Marble and Granite Counter Top Repair Kit by store.countertopspecialty.comMarble & granite repair of chips and pits used to be a major pain even for professionals having to mix epoxies or resins, trying to match the stone color and waiting hours for it to cure. Light surface scratch repair on granite requires re-polishing by a professional. I was concerned that we might put too much gel in the pit and see a bump or that we might sand the gel area and damage the counter top. The usual result was a sticky mess and a very obvious marble or granite counter top repair. Once cured the acrylic can be sanded and/or polished with materials provided in the granite & marble repair kit. Our kitchen countertops are “rain forrest marble” which is shades of green with brown veining. The gel took on the color of the marble and you cannot see any trace of where the chips were. I was really surprised that it worked better than anticipated.
Here’s What An Etch On A Marble Countertop Actually Looks Like by thekitchn.comWe ended up with marble and we’re very happy with it. Acid reacts with calcium carbonate and literally eats away a tiny bit of the surface, creating dull spots known as etches. It is an actual changing of the stone itself, like a scratch. Honed countertops have already been dulled either by a machine or an acid bath. This duller, more matte stone is more casual and easy to live with in my opinion, since it naturally shows etches (dull spots) less than dressier polished marble. When you stand and look at the countertop at that angle, you just see creamy beautiful marble. When you can see it, it looks like a layer of extra marks floating over the natural pattern of the marble. We feel fairly romantic about this; my husband says he loves the etches and the story they’ve left on the counters. Look closely, as we did, at gorgeous marble bars in fancy hotels or restaurants, and you’ll see the same skim of etches floating like an overlay above the stone. So we paid visits to every marble-topped bar and marble-furnished ice cream parlor we could find, cocking our heads to the side, peering down long polished surfaces to examine the damage left by countless drippy glasses and plates of spaghetti. Here’s what marble etches look like up close and personal in my own kitchen. Marble is a fairly soft stone and it is prone to marking because of its calcium carbonate makeup. You only see the etches in some lights and from some angles. Etching is weird like that; it’s not a stain or a gouge, so you really only see it when the light is right and you’re standing at the right angle. The first few marks were startling and disconcerting, but as they’ve grown in number, they’ve become a subtle layer of our own use and cooking on the countertops. But if you’re less romantic (and more concerned about resale) then the etches are still probably not a big deal. It was just right for us, and once we saw some etches “in the wild” we knew that clearly.
How To Repair Fissures Cracks and Chips In Countertops by countertopguides.comCracks are notorious for popping up in areas such as these – fissures, being naturally occurring are not prone to “mysteriously” appearing near the kitchen sink. Fissures can appear straight as well, although remember that they are occurring along the natural crystalline structure of the stone, and are not induced by installation. That is, if you placed a level across the fissure, it would remain flush with both sides of the stone. Another way to tell if it’s a fissure or a crack is to run your fingernail or a car key across it. If it is rough and “catches” your nail or car key, you might have a crack on your hands. Note: these products are for minor repairs only, and should not be used for any structural bonding whatsoever. This epoxy helps to bind the broken joints in the stone together, and after the 25 minutes, we think you’d have a tough time breaking the joint, even with a hammer and a chisel. Transparent in thin coats, cloudy white in layers to 1/8” and off-white in thicker layers when fully cured, which occurs within 24 hours. More often than not a fissure does not go through the entire depth of the stone, although in some cases it can. While a crack by definition does not necessarily go through the entire depth of the stone, this is more commonly seen than a fissure going through the entire depth of the stone. Cracks will often appear around areas of stress – such as the where the countertop opens up for the sink. Another thing to keep in mind is that the fissures you might see on a commercially installed countertop are going to be very narrow; you shouldn’t be able to lose a key in it; a crack on the other hand could potentially be wide enough for that. Since a fissure is a naturally occurring it doesn’t change the plane of the stone. Also, fissures often occur in more than one place whereas a crack may just appear in a place of added stress. This kit comes with two viscosities of resin and along with a spray-on catalyst to dry the resin. After spraying the resin with the catalyst and allowing it to dry, take a razor blade and scrape off the excess from the surface. This also has the added benefit of helping to prevent the crack from growing larger, although that can’t be guaranteed. Another great benefit to this epoxy is that it doesn’t like to stick to polished surfaces; making for an easy cleanup. Also, this epoxy can be mixed with countertop coloring tints to ensure a seamless repair.
Have Just Installed A Marble Tile Counter Top. Marble Is Soft Material and Easily Scratches by justanswer.comAs soon as it was grouped the brass looks tarnished/smudged. I has all these tiny scratches all over it i am creating with plastic protein jars. I recoup upon sale — so is it really worth it to upgrade? The fireplace was constructed with a marble hearth and surround. I think 3 mm would be enough to give enough mechanical strength to be as strong for impact as a laminated counter. Or you can go with your idea of using glass (make sure it’s tempered glass).
How To Remove Scratches From Granite Countertops by archcitygranite.comThe only things that can scratch granite are objects that are equally hard or harder than granite. A diamond ring pressed into the granite and pulled along the surface could also scratch the counter. Use a permanent marker in a hue that matches the granite and apply the color along the scratch. We advise the consumers not to attempt to take off the deep scratches themselves. After fixing the scratch, reapply sealant over the area to protect it from stains and additional damage. You might also damage the surface of the granite and remove the luster and shine. In this situation, you will need to hire an expert to repair the damaged area. This might happen when hard objects like ladders, steel furniture or appliances hit granite or marble countertops when they are moved around the kitchen or bath room areas. Fortunately there are great methods to repair the damage to the granite or marble countertops. Highly skilled hand fabricators can attach the chips and grind it to blend in the countertops. Then the stone craftsman grinds and polishes the damaged area to bring the original shine back. Hiring a professional from the beginning might reduce overall repair expenses because this expert will not need to repair inadvertent damage you created in your repair effort. Take care to make sure that you don’t harm the granite in the process of trying to remove a scratch. Another rough piece of granite could scratch a granite counter. Wipe the surface of the scratch lightly with denatured alcohol after allowing the permanent marker to dry to remove excess color from the granite. Professionals call this process “surface polishing,” and it takes real skill of a stone fabricator. You might improve the appearance of a superficial scratch by buffing the surface over the scratch with a dry #0000 steel wool pad. If you damage the granite while trying to remove the scratch, the overall appearance may be worse than the initial scratch. This could be avoided altogether by being cautious while moving harder objects around the countertops. Only people who know about the incident may barely be able to notice the repair. If the chipping is very small and the material that came off cannot be reattached, then the skilled stone professional will make powder of the similar granite material and mix it with epoxy (glue) compound. After the material dries, it becomes as hard as the original granite. That is why fixing granite chips should be left to the granite professional. A professional with specific granite repair skills will understand how to repair the surface without making the problem worse.
How To Repair Scratches On A Cultured Marble Vanity Top by doityourself.comBecause cultured marbles is prone to scratches, you can find its surface marred with faults after time. The cleaning will also make the scratches show up better, so you could easily identify the areas that have more damage. Then attach a wool buffing pad to a high speed buffer and use the tool to polish the marble to a high gloss. Such solutions contain ingredients that fill up small and fine scratches while lightening up the color of the yellowed or faded cultured marble. These products are better because they have been manufactured for regular use on cultured marble tops like a vanity top. Although regular cleaning is essential, the kind of cleanup that you do on cultured marble is essential in its appearance. If you regularly use beauty products, avoid storing them on the vanity top as it can permanently stain the cultured marble. This surface material is considered a high quality upgrade that can make your home more valuable. Scratches can be caused by abrasive commercial cleaners or by beauty products that can cause the cultured marble to look faded and dull. This will ensure that when you finally get to the removal of the scratches, there will be no dirt or grime that will mar your efforts. Use the appropriate sandpaper on the area where the scratches are located. When applied on a regular basis, the wax will maintain the shine of the marble and protect its surface from being stained. Abrasive powder or gritty cleaners should be avoided if you have to clean your vanity top. Use the cleanser with a white and soft nylon bristled brush.
How To Remove Scratches On Formica by doityourself.comPut the items up in a cupboard or in another room while you complete this project. Wipe the surface of your countertop, scrub any caked on dirt, and get as much grime as you can out of the crevices of any scratches. Then, using a clean buffing cloth, buff the surface of the countertop, including the scratches you have just filled. On extremely deep scratches, you will have to apply it using a putty knife. Avoid using a lot of pressure, otherwise you may create fresh scratches on your countertop that you then have to deal with. Wipe the polish away with a rag and inspect the final result of your effort. However, it is prone to scratching, and once damaged, it begins to look increasingly worn and tired. Then, take out a gentle rag and fill a sink or your laundry tub with a warm soapy water. At the very least, after you have completed this step, your small scratches will show a marked improvement in appearance. The filler will help further seal the scratch and make it disappear. Gently take the steel wool and rub it onto the scratched surface in circular strokes. If you’re not satisfied with the appearance of your countertop, repeat the previous steps until a good look has been achieved.
How To Repair A Minor Scratch In A Granite Countertop by homeguides.sfgate.comYou can repair minor scratches with common household tools. Use pressure when cleaning the countertop; some scratches will fade with gentle cleaning and pressure alone. If the scratches do not disappear, you will need to use a diamond sanding pad. Diamond is harder than granite, so diamond pads are more effective at polishing granite than regular sandpaper. Unfortunately, the stone may get scratched over time when you repeatedly set keys, coins or other small objects on it, or if you use it as a cutting surface for food preparation. In addition to being unattractive, scratches tend to trap in dust and dirt. Wash the scratched area with a warm water and dish detergent solution, using a rag. Rub the scratched area in a circular motion with a grade 0000 steel-wool pad, keeping the area wet. Wet the scratched area with stone polish and sand it with a 500-grit diamond sanding pad. Work up to finer and finer grits, keeping the countertop wet, until the damaged area is smooth and shiny. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.
Stone Chips Gouges and Pits Repair Service. by marblerestoration.usChipping can easily happen on the edges of countertop or table when taking kitchenware out from the dishwasher and accidentally hitting the edge, also it can occur during stone fabrication and installation. We are providing the service to repair marble chips, holes and small surface cracks by filling it with knife grade epoxy. If you’ll need more glu e then you can apply it but make sure it is not yet start hardening. Most damages can be in the form of cracks, chips, stains and etches, which all make the marble seem out of place. Chipping more often happens on soft kinds of stone such as marble, onyx or limestone, than on granite. Also, we are providing color matching to the existent color and pattern by mixing epoxy with several color pigments. Once the epoxy placed in the gap, you can use torch or heat gun to accelerate the process of hardening but it is not required since epoxy curing time is usually fast. Finally sand out excess epoxy with sandpaper starting at 100 grit and ending up with 1000 and higher grit.
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