Find a chip or crack in your beautiful stone or granite benchtop can be a heart-sinking experience. Most people are not generally ready to deal with an issue like this, and freaking out can be an understandable reaction. However, there is no need to panic just yet, because even chipped or cracked granite benchtop repairs can be done at home with the right steps. Depending on the size of the damage, repairs might require professional assistance, or can even be fixed at home with some simple steps if the damage is small. If you are facing a minor chip or crack that seems like it is repairable, it probably is with the right steps. All you have to do is follow the following steps, and have it fixed by yourself in no time.
The first step is to understand that when it comes to DIY fixing of granite benchtops, you need to identify whether the damage is on a horizontal surface or a vertical piece of stone. For horizontal surfaces, it is best to use a thin viscosity superglue while for a vertical one use a thicker gel so that it does not run down or out of the crack. Now that you have an idea of what sort of superglue to use, let’s look into the next steps.
- Clean the damaged area and its surroundings using acetone or nail polish remover, and let the area to fully dry off.
- If the chipped or cracked area is slightly discoloured, you can always darken the area with a similar coloured sharpie, but it’s a shame to ruin your beautiful work surface. This is not necessary for lighter coloured stones.
- Tape the surrounding areas near the chip or crack to make sure that excess glue does not spread and damage the nearby exterior.
- Apply the glue to excess, so that the chip or crack is over-filled slightly to make sure that the whole cavity has been properly filled.
- Let the glue dry off. The time it takes might vary depending on the temperature, the depth of the cavity etc. Give it a good few hours.
- Remove the tapes from the surrounding areas.
- Scrape off the excess glue that is sticking out carefully using a razor blade at a 90-degree angle. Use a smooth back and forth sliding motion instead of roughly trying to cut it to give it a smooth finish. If done properly, the chip or crack will barely be visible after the edges smooth out.
- Adjust the sheen of the glue to match your stone using a fine grit sandpaper or a buffing compound to add some shine.
If the damage is not too large and the dent is not too deep, granite benchtop chips or cracks can be repaired at home. However, for large areas of damage, it is better to reach out for some professional assistance and have them fix it properly without risking further damage. If you are facing any serious damage, find your professional solution with us at Hot Rock Granite.