How to Polish Damaged Marble

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How to Polish Damaged Marble
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Marble of any kind is an extremely hard surface, but it can still be damaged by scratches. Most damage that is done to marble tops or counters includes simple scratches or marks that can be repaired by polishing the surface until it's like new again. Minor scratches can be buffed out with buffing compound and rags or sometimes fine grit sandpaper. You can also use a buffing wheel and compound, just like used on a car.

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Things you need

  • Eye protection
  • Respirator
  • Gloves
  • Ear protection
  • Degreaser spray
  • Clean rags
  • Marble polish
  • Sandpaper (400, 600, 800, 1000 grits)
  • Buffer
  • Buffer pads
  • Extension cord
  • Buffing compound
  • Spray marble sealer

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  1. 1

    Put on all protective gear.

  2. 2

    Clean the scratched area with degreaser and clean rags. Let sit for about 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Apply marble polish with a clean rag and buff it into the area. Put on 1 to 3 coats and see if minor scratches come out.

  4. 4

    Lightly sand the affected area with some fine grit sandpaper. Start with a 400 grit wet sandpaper and then sand down consecutive times, using 600, 800, and finally 1000 grit sandpaper.

  5. 5

    Remove all sand grit with the degreaser cleaner. Let dry for about 10 minutes.

  6. 6

    Attach a buffing pad of fine grit to a buffing wheel. Plug it in and buff out the scratched area, using the buffing compound liquid. This method can be used if the first two methods didn't work or if there are still some scratches left.

  7. 7

    Wipe the newly polished marble with a clean rag.

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