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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Solid Surface Countertops. How Not To Remove Scratches. Part 2

Okay here we go with part 2 of Solid Surface Countertops. How Not To Remove Scratches. How Not To Remove Scratches Part 1.

I have to apologize for my photography again. I don't know whether it is me or my camera or what but my pics seem to be blurrier and blurrier lately. I'm getting a new camera soon so we'll see.

This is a Corian countertop. The color is Hot. The people have had these countertops for about 10 years and they wanted to get the fine scratches out of the countertop. They were a little nervous about trying to do it themselves even though they had directions on how to clean it and remove scratches that were provided at the time of their installation.

They called around to some K&B places and to a couple of fabricators and asked for advice on removing the scratches. Every single place told them to break out the sandpaper and Scotch Brite pads and start scrubbing. They did it. In a flash they realized that was definitely one of the worst things that they could have done. The marks left by the 320 grit sandpaper and the maroon Scotch Brite pad were way more noticeable than the fine scratches that they were trying to remove.

Here is the island before I did a complete refinish or scratch removal.

In this next series of pics, there is a particular patch of scratches on this top but I was not sure if the scratches would show up on camera. For this reason I used a black marker to symbolize an actual scratch.

As you can see, the patch that I rubbed on with a Scotch Brite pad really stands out. Who wants that?

This is what the scratch patch looks like after I wipe off the white dust that I made while rubbing with the pad.

With the sunlight coming through this window, even in a poor quality picture you can really tell how the homeowner had tried to get the scratches out himself.

This is after I did a refinish on it. The Scotch Brite pad scratches are all gone. I see I left a little dust in the ogee edge before I took the picture. Oops, I should have used my
Countertop Magic
before taking the picture.

This is the island after refinishing.

The whole lesson behind this article is this. Your countertops were expensive, they are high quality, elegant and beautiful. Even so, from time to time they may need some maintenance type of attention. It's no different than your automobile, when it needs maintenance, sometimes it is just better left to a professional that has all of the proper equipment and experience to do the job for you.

It isn't something that a normal homeowner with moderate experience with a sander could not do themselves but most homeowners do not have the proper sander, abrasives, and dust extraction equipment like a vacuum tool system. Here is a good sander and vaccum system if you are interested in trying it yourself.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Solid Surface Countertops. How NOT to Remove Scratches. Part 1

You have read it on the internet. You have seen it in the literature that came with your countertops. You have heard it from friends and from your fabricators and your sales people and all the home improvement gurus and the manufacturers. What is it?

How to remove scratches on your solid surface countertops. Well, now that they have your head filled with the wrong information, let me straighten you out by telling you how not to remove scratches from your solid surface countertops.

To shorten this particular article, I will refer you to a previous one first. This article is How to remove scratches on solid surface countertops.

Go read that and then finish reading this article. Or read this article and then go read that one as well.

Here is how not to remove scratches on your solid surface countertops.
1. Do not use sandpaper by hand. If you are going to touch your countertops with sandpaper then be sure that you are using an electric orbital sander. You will not, I repeat, will not ever get your countertop to look good by using a piece of sandpaper in your hand.

2. Do not use Scotch Brite pads or any other abrasive pad by hand on your countertop. If you are going to use Scotch Brite, use it on an electric orbital sander. You will not, I repeat, will not ever get your countertop to look good by using a piece of Scotch Brite in your hand.

3. Do not try to polish your scratches away with any kind of polish or buffer. You will only shine them up and they will show up a lot worse than if you just leave them alone.

4. In short, the way to not remove scratches is to do everything that you have been told to do. Follow their instructions for scratch removal and then you will know how NOT to remove scratches.

Part 2 of this article will include photos of scratches that have been "removed". If you don't believe me, then go ahead and try it yourself. If you mess them up even worse, then simply call a professionalto come and refinish them for you.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Stainless Steel Sink. Seperated From A Granite Countertop

I got a call from a plumber that I know and a customer of his had a stainless steel sink that had been stepped in and it seperated from a granite countertop.

I thought that the house had been broken into to because someone had crawled in through the kitchen window to get in. It turns out, it was just an impatient teenager that couldn't wait a few minutes for someone to come home and let him in.

This is probably one of those stories that teen will tell for years to come. I can just imagine how scared he probably was when that sink dropped. I don't know what kind of trouble he got into for that but I would have have been quaking in my boots knowing that I was going to have to face my Mom and stepdad after that one.

Anyway, the weird thing about it is how the sink was installed in the first place. The fabricator had adhered the sink to the countertop with a thin smear of cement that was smudged over the flange of the sink and that was all. There was no silicone for waterproofing and there were no clamps in place to hold the sink firm to the bottom of the countertop

Turns out, the fabricator had been out several times to reattach the sink and had finally ended up placing a piece of pvc pipe from the floor to the bottom of the sink to hold the sink up. All I could do is shake my head and get to work.

Here is the before .


Here is the after.

No more PVC pipe.




Sunday, March 9, 2008

Granite Countertop Repair. Rose Granite

This is a rose granite countertop that has major damage and there is no way it's going to look right ever again. Never, never, never.
Here it is before an amazing repair.

Here it is after an amazing repair.
Did I say it would never look right again? Gotcha!




Saturday, March 1, 2008

Solid Surface Repair. Edge Replacement.

This top has had the edge knocked off of it. It needs to have the edge replaced. Countertops in public places seem to really take a beating.

Before edge repair.

After edge repair. Just like new again.


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