One of granite’s greatest advantages is its strength and durability, not to mention its beauty. This is why so many people use it as a countertop material in their kitchens and bathrooms. It’s an extremely rare occurrence that granite will crack or chip when a professional is responsible for the installation. If there should be an instance where your granite countertop in Northern Minnesota is cracked or chipped, the granite can be repaired. Follow the simple steps below for a beautiful repair.
Determine Whether a Repair is Warranted
The first thing you should determine is whether or not the crack or chip should be repaired. Keep in mind that small surface cracks and chips that do not go all the way through the granite will not pose a threat to your stone. In fact, small cracks that go with the grain are called fissures, and are a normal part of the material.
If you can see the hairline crack, but cannot feel it when you run your hand across the surface, it’s best to leave the crack alone. It’s not affecting the stone or your surface. Simply make sure that you are sealing your granite regularly, once a year. That will keep these small imperfections from becoming unsightly.
Collect Granite Dust of Matching Color
Should you decide to repair the crack in the granite, you will need to create a repair blend. To ensure that the glue is the right color, you will need to create granite dust to match. Be sure to put on a dust mask for your own safety during this process.
This can be done by using a grinder with a diamond grinding bit to go over the surface of a matching piece of granite. This will create the fine dust for you to use. Two teaspoons of granite powder is enough to color for a repair for a crack of under one foot. Rather than purchasing an extra piece of granite countertop, you could opt to remove a bit of granite from an area that is not visible, such as the underside of a countertop.
Tape Off Area
The next step is to use painter’s tape to cover the area around the crack. The idea is to make sure that the filler will not get on the surface, and to reduce the amount of cleanup needed. Tape off the area within 1/8 inch around the entire crack or chip. Using painter’s tape will allow you pull the tape off easily when the project is complete.
Mix Epoxy and Granite Dust
You will be using a two-part epoxy for the repair. Choose an epoxy that states that it can be used for granite or stone repair. Be sure to follow the directions that are given with the epoxy that you are using. This will involve mixing a set amount of each part of the epoxy with each other. This can be done with a wooden paint mixer or a tongue depressor.
Once the mixture is complete, add the two teaspoons of granite dust to the mixture. Stir together until the product becomes a thick paste. The mixture should be roughly the same color as the granite.
Finally, you are ready to smear the mixture into the crack or chip. You can use the same tool that you used to mix the epoxy. A tongue depressor works great for this project. Fill the crack fully. Smooth out the mixture as best you can. Remember any bumps will need to be sanded out when the epoxy dries. Since the epoxy does shrink while drying, it’s better to overfill the crack than to under-fill. Remove the painter’s tape while the epoxy is drying.
Choosing Granite Countertops in Northern Minnesota
Whether your granite countertops in Northern Minnesota are in need of a repair or you are looking to get granite countertops professionally installed, look no further than L & L Granite Countertops. We are a full service granite countertop business that takes pride in the work that we do. Give us a call today to enjoy beautiful countertops in your home.