How to Repair a Crack in Solid Surface Counter
A solid surface counter is one of the best options for anyone looking to provide a unique and individual appearance to a counter in a kitchen or bathroom. Solid surface counters do not appear to have any seams, divisions or breaks. They appear to be clean and even. They are also highly resistant to damage. However, there are some situations in which damage may still occur. For example, the counter may crack if there is a heavy object placed on the counter top with a high degree of force. In these cases, follow the instructions below to repair the crack in the solid surface counter.
Step 1 -- Match the Color and Pattern of the Counter With the Seam Sealer
The most important part of the repair process is to make sure that you have a seam sealer that is appropriate for your counter. The seam sealer will be used to fill in the crack. Choose a color and pattern that closely matches the original surface counter. One good way to do this is to take a photo of the counter and bring it with you to a home improvement store. Find a selection of seam sealers that appear to be close to the color and purchase a few of them. Match them with the color and pattern at home to get your best match. You can return the others to the store for a refund.
Step 2 -- Apply the Seam Sealer
Use the paint brush to carefully apply the seam sealer to the cracked part of the solid surface counter. Make sure that the sealer gets into every part of the crack in order to ensure that it is as complete as possible. If the sealer does not get into the crack adequately, you may be leaving your solid surface counter exposed to further damage and cracking. The sealer should be at least level with the surface of the counter when you're done.
Step 3 -- Allow the Sealer to Dry
Read the instructions on the seam sealer to see how long it should be allowed to dry. While you allow everything to dry, leave a window open or a fan running to ensure that the area is well ventilated. The fumes from some sealers can be noxious or toxic and can cause breathing problems.
Step 4 -- Sand Down the Sealer
Once the sealer is completely dry, use the sandpaper to carefully sand it down. Your goal is to sand down any portions of the sealer which may stick out above the surface of the counter. Sand it down until the sealer is as smooth as possible and entirely even with the surface of the counter. Double check by running your fingers over the counter surface and sand down as necessary.