Granite countertops are highly durable, but like any other furniture in the home, they can get damaged or chipped during its use over time. The cost of hiring the help of a professional to make repairs can cost too much and buying a new one may not exactly fit within your budget at the current time. Making DIY repairs, therefore, may be the best choice for you.
Step 1 - Clean the Chipped Countertop
Mix warm water and mild dish soap in a bucket to make a cleaning solution. Dip the sponge into it and wipe on the entire area around the damage. Make sure that the chipped portion of the granite, as well as the surroundings, have been thoroughly cleaned of debris, grease, and any form of dirt otherwise your patch job may not take.
Step 2 - Dry the Countertop
Wipe the surface with a clean, dry towel after scrubbing it clean, and leave for at least one hour to dry. The surface of the countertop must have no moisture remaining on it before going on to the next step of the repair process.
Step 3 - Isolate the Chipped Area
Protect the surrounding areas of the countertop by taping them off with masking tape. Only the portion that needs to be repaired should be visible or not covered. Likewise, keep appliances, wires, and power outlets secured and protected. They may also be covered with masking tape to ensure they stay in optimum condition while you are working.
Step 4 - Apply Epoxy to the Chipped Area
Put on latex gloves and start mixing the granite epoxy resin and hardener; refer to the manufacturer's instructions for the proper procedure. Apply the mixture to the chipped area. Smooth it using the tongue depressor, and clean off any excess with the razor blade.
WARNING: Make sure the kitchen is ventilated and to wear a face mask while applying epoxy to keep from breathing in toxic fumes.
Step 5 - Leave to Dry
Give time for the epoxy to dry completely. Drying time may vary depending on the type of granite epoxy resin used. For information on the exact time needed, you may refer to the product specifications provided by the manufacturer.
Step 6 - Apply Sealer
Coat the repaired area in sealer once the epoxy mixture has completely dried out. Recommended application is usually 24 hours after the epoxy has been applied. The sealer will help restore the beauty and luster of the chipped countertop, and provide added protection.
Extra Safety Precautions
The epoxy used in the repair of granite countertop chips is flammable and may react with heat. As a result, the epoxy to emit poisonous fumes, causing harm to the household. Therefore, it is important not to use the oven or any other appliance that produces heat while repairing the chipped countertop. To ensure the safety of everyone in the household, repair granite countertop chips away from heat-producing appliances if possible.