Granite is fast becoming one of the most popular countertop materials available on the market thanks to its outstanding durability and its luxurious appearance. Even though the material is able to handle more than its fair share of wear and tear, it is still possible for it to sustain some cracks, chips and scratches over the course of time. The best way to repair this type of damage is to use a clear epoxy, which can be almost undetectable when used correctly.
Here are some tips for using epoxy to repair granite countertops in northern MN. Keep in mind that these tips are specifically for smaller repair jobs; if there is a big chunk of granite that has detached from the rest of the countertop, you are going to need to call a professional to get the job done correctly so it will last:
- Clean the area: Spend some time with a peroxide-based cleaner wiping down the area that you are about to repair. You should let the countertop dry for about a half hour before proceeding from there. You should be able to find a good cleaner at just about any hardware store. Make sure you follow all directions to the letter; some peroxides are flammable and potentially dangerous if used recklessly.
- Tape off the area: Use masking tape to tape around the area you are going to repair, leaving just a bit of undamaged granite free within that taped zone to make it easier to blend in the epoxy with the rest of the countertop. This will help limit the amount of sanding that will be necessary after the epoxy has fully set in. The tape not only marks off the area you’ll be working in, but also creates a small well for the epoxy to settle into.
- Mix the epoxy: Mix the epoxy and color in small amounts in disposable cups until you have a color that looks like it will blend well with your stone. If you have speckled granite or more than one color, you might have to make several different batches of epoxy.
- Add the hardener: Stir in a small amount of hardener into all of the batches of epoxy you will be applying. Make sure to follow manufacturer directions exactly so the epoxy will perform as you want it to; it will not harden correctly if you do not use the exact measurements.
- Apply the epoxy: Add the epoxy to the damaged area using the stirring stick, setting it just slightly higher than the rest of the stone. Once the epoxy is hard, it will settle down and lie even with the rest of the countertop. If you do need to apply more than one color of epoxy, you should do it in small sections, applying each color at the same time. If you end up having any excess epoxy, use a razor blade to remove some of that material.
- Use tape to smooth it out: A piece of clear tape placed over the area can help level it out and make the finish smoother. Once the epoxy is fully hardened you can remove this tape.
- Clean the area: Use the same peroxide cleaner you used in the first step to clean off the surface once the epoxy is fully even with the rest of the countertop.
Contact L & L Granite Countertops today for more information about granite countertops in Northern MN.