How to repair a chipped granite countertop

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How to repair a chipped granite countertop
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Granite countertops are beautiful, and come in a variety of shades and colours, which means there is an option for any decor. Countertops made from this natural stone add value to a home. Granite is easy to clean and does not retain bacteria, making it an ideal choice for kitchens. Granite countertops are not susceptible to burn marks, do not scratch easily and, although made from a slab of stone, are repairable if chipped.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Warm water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Clean, dry towel
  • Granite epoxy resin and hardener (available online or at speciality stores)
  • Masking tape
  • Latex gloves
  • Tongue depressor
  • Razor blade
  • Granite sealer
  • Paintbrush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Clean the chipped and surrounding area of the granite with a sponge dipped in warm, soapy water. Make sure that the area is free of grease and debris.

  2. 2

    Dry the countertop thoroughly with a clean towel. Allow it to air dry for up to one hour, ensuring that the area is completely dry.

  3. 3

    Tape off the area to be repaired using masking tape. Likewise, protect any surfaces that come in contact with or are especially close to the chipped area, such as power outlets or appliances, by taping over the area.

  4. 4

    Put on the gloves, and mix the granite epoxy resin and hardener according to the manufacturer's instructions. Apply the epoxy to the chipped countertop. Smooth the epoxy using a tongue depressor. Use a razor blade to clean off excess.

  5. 5

    Allow the epoxy to dry completely. Most granite epoxy mixes will dry in about one hour, but refer to the instructions on the epoxy used for more accurate information.

  6. 6

    Apply sealer to the area at least 24 hours after the granite epoxy was applied. This will restore shine and give the area added protection.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use the oven or other appliances that heat up while repairing the chip. The heat may react with the epoxy and cause harmful fumes.

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