Granite countertops are the focal point of your kitchen’s design. A chip in them makes them look awful. Why should your countertop look damaged after spending so much time and money?
While chips, cracks, and fissures can occur as a result of various activities, the good news is that you can repair them with common tools. Let’s learn how to fix a chip in your granite countertop.
DIY Method to Fix Chips in Granite Countertops
- Granite cleaner (you can also use a mixture of mild detergent and warm water)
- Masking tape
- Clear or colored epoxy
- Granite polish
- Remove any dishes, appliances, or kitchen items surrounding the area. You don’t want them to get sticky or dirty during the process.
- Clean the countertop with a commercial granite cleaner or use a mild detergent and warm water solution. The goal is to remove as much dirt as possible from the chip. You can use an earbud or cotton ball dipped in the cleaning solution to remove dirt from the chip. Make sure you don’t use acidic cleaners to clean granite countertops.
- Dry the area completely before moving to the next step.
- Mask the application area with masking tape so you don’t accidentally spill polish or epoxy on the unaffected area.
- Use superglue or epoxy to fill the chipped area. You must level the liquid with the stone surface. Go slow during this step, as you don’t want to overfill the chip or leave it empty.
- Clear epoxy works great for light-colored granite. You can choose colored epoxy to match your countertop. Some people also add color additives to their epoxy before applying it. Translucent epoxies also go well with almost all colors.
- Let the glue sit for at least 24 hours to completely dry. You can use hardening sprays to dry it out. You can also use a heat gun to dry the epoxy but it is better to let it dry naturally. Refer to the instructions on the packaging to see how much time it takes to dry.
- Once the glue is dry, it is time to scrape off the excess epoxy from the surface. Use the razor blade to remove excess epoxy. Make sure you do it carefully and slowly as extra chipping can create a chip in the fixture.
- Buff the area with buffing sandpaper.
- Polish the repaired area and then seal the countertop to protect it from spills.
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Granite Chip Fixing using Repair Kits
Many people buy granite chip repair kits because it contains everything you need to fix the chip. The kits usually include clear epoxy (mostly in an applicator), sandpapers, polish paste, application tools, LED light for curing, curing strip & polish cloth.
Make sure you follow the instructions given in the manual while using these kits. One precaution while fixing chips is to ensure that the epoxy is completely dry before you touch it. If you touch sticky or wet epoxy, your countertop will not be smooth.
These kits work really well and come in handy when you don’t have the time to arrange all the tools on your own.
Granite Chip Repair using Crushed Granite
Some people also use crushed stone mixed with epoxy to fix the chip in granite countertops. It is a complex method and requires machines to get the work done. You can find out more about it in the video below.
When to call a Professional to Fix Granite Countertops?
Go for a professional repair if you have a large crack or chip. Moreover, granites with an unusual color or speckled design may get discolored from common epoxies and polishes. Hence, it is a good idea to go for a professional repair in these situations.
They have access to a wider range of colors and tools and can also use crushed stone for refilling. They are experienced in handling these jobs daily and know what they are doing.