new marble----etched-----HELP


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Old 04-01-01, 11:12 AM
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Marble was installed on our counter top. Unfortunately something was placed on top of the surface and it is now etched.

I was hoping that someone could tell me what I can use (if anything) to repair the damage.

I just want to cry!

Also is someone would be so kind as to suggest what I might seal the marble with, I would deeply appreciate any and all help.

I purchased a sealer called: Tile lab----grout and tile sealer. It doesn't seem to work very well!

Again, I appreciate any and all help!

Sincerely,

Salinacf
 
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Old 04-01-01, 02:18 PM
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Hi Salina,

I'm afraid you'll need a pro to fix the marble top. It will entail a long of grinding and polishing that takes special skill.

The Tile Lab products are made by Custom Building Products, which is an old and respected company in the business. Maybe you are not using it correctly, or maybe you aren't using the right product.

http://www.custombuildingproducts.com

John

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Old 04-01-01, 06:08 PM
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Dear John:

Thank you for your quick response, I was afraid of that answer. I can't believe how quickly that marble can etch. I must also admit that I have never really used marble before.

This marble is highly polished and it seems that even though it has been sealed, it picks up rings rather easily. Do I need a professional to take care of the ring as well. During the construction process workers were in and out, trying to keep up with everything that was put on the counter was difficult.

Now I am leary of the marble that was also put in the shower and on walls (in the bathroom).Do you have any suggestions on how to treat the marble in the bathroom to stop it from being damaged.

Or...do I have to face the fact that I made a big mistake!

Sincerely,
Salina

 
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Old 04-02-01, 03:05 PM
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Hi again Salina,

I think marble is a mistake, but I'm in the minority. I install quite a bit of it, and people seem to love it. I have written a little article on my site that explains my views on marble. The url is long (I didn't do it).

http://www.johnbridge.com/Characteri...20John%20P.htm

Aqua-mix makes about the best products for protecting and maintaining marble.

http://www.aquamix.com

Sorry you're having the problem.

John

 
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Old 04-02-01, 10:20 PM
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etched marble

Hello Salina,

I feel for your problem and I somewhat agree with John, although I like marble it can be somewhat of a hassle to take care of, and i do agree that Aquamix makes some fine products and the Aquamix penetrating sealer is about the best for marble and the like. I have found that some stains and rings can be taken out of marble with a mild vinegar and water solution placed on a rag on top of the stain or ring.

hope that helps.
 
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Old 04-03-01, 05:02 AM
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Don't mean to be argumentative, and I don't doubt the vinegar might remove stains, but vinegar is acid. That takes us right back to the top of this thread. Acid etches marble.

John
 
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Old 04-04-01, 01:46 AM
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Hi Salina,
I agree with John on this one, use warm water for the rings, but vinegar on marble is taboo. It is an acid, and it will etch your marble, even a little vinegar will etch it. Chances are that the rings from the bottom of cups,etc. are really in the Tilelab sealer that you first used on your marble to seal it up, and some warm water(hot?) should take them off. Go to the aqua mix website and look in their "natural stone" section for a marble sealer/polish and use that. It should work wonders for you. Also marble is a maintenance surface (like most natural stone products are)so you have to know that routine cleaning, polishing and sealing have to be done. Good luck
Regards,

Rich Gately (Tileman1)

http://www.gatelytile.com

 
 

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