Created in the bowels of volcanos, spending millions of years working its way up to the surface of the earth and found in quarries, granite is a supremely tough, durable and beautiful stone.
However, it’s not indestructible and can be chipped or cracked. The good news is that it is possible for a layperson to repair a chip in granite. Calling in a professional may be expensive if the warranty on a granite countertop has expired, and a single chip may not be incentive enough to pay the often great cost of a new granite countertop.
First, the area to be repaired needs to be thoroughly cleaned. All grease, grit and other debris must be removed from the damaged area. The worker should clean the area with a solution made of a few drops of dishwashing detergent mixed with warm water. A clean sponge is good to use.
The area should then be left to thoroughly dry and protected with masking tape. The cleaner should follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to how long to leave the area to dry.
When the area’s completely dry, the cleaner should put on latex gloves, and mix the epoxy and hardener according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The mix should then be packed into the chip and smoothed with a smooth implement such as tongue depressor. Any excess can be removed with a razor blade. One precaution is to make sure that epoxy, which is flammable, is not near anything that produces heat.
Again, the treated area should be left to dry thoroughly. This may be as long as 24 hours. When it’s dry, the cleaner should apply the sealer, which restores much of the granite’s beauty and protects it.
Call a Professional
If the granite is badly damaged, it will need to be repaired by a professional. The owner can lower the risk of cracks and chipping by never pounding or cutting food directly on the granite surface or exposing it to cleansers that are either too alkaline or too acidic.