How to Repair Your Faux Granite Countertops

Kitchen with granite countertops
  • 1-3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-200
What You'll Need
Putty
Putty knife
Sandpaper
Sponge
Acrylic paint
Acrylic gloss
Acrylic matte

If you have faux granite countertops, you will easily see how cuts, chips, scratches and other damage quickly take away from the effect that was so meticulously crafted. The one good thing is that these problems are very easy to fix and have taken care of. If you have larger, deep scratches you are going to have to fill the cracks first and then continue on with the fixing process. The most important thing to remember is that to make the repair look the best, you are going to need to take time to match the colors that are already used in the paint.

Step 1 - Fill the Scratches

Firstly, fill in any scratches or gouges with putty. Use your putty knife to spread the putty, but be sure you only fill the scratches. Use a cloth to wipe away an excess putty. Once the putty has had time to dry, take your sandpaper and lightly sand the surface until it is smooth.

Step 2 - Apply Your Primer

granite countertop

Once the putty has dried, put down a thin coat of primer over the putty. Before you continue on, be sure you let the primer dry. It is important to lay down the primer because this is going to allow your paint to stick to the areas that are being repaired. It is important to know there are different kinds of putty that are produced for different surfaces. For example there is wood putty that is used for wood and so on from there. Make sure you are using the proper kind.

Step 3 - Mix Your Paint

While the putty is drying, you can take the time to mix together your paints. Using your acrylic paint, mix together the various shades required in order to achieve the same color as the granite itself. Once the primer has dried, use small paint brushes to recreate the patterns of the faux finish. This is going to be the most time consuming part of the process. Be sure you are accurately recreating the design as best as possible to help the repair blend in more. Now simply wait for your paint to dry.

Step 4 - Finish Up

wiping off a granite countertop

If you find the colors don't quite match up, mix together a new batch of paint, trying as best as possible to get the colors to match. You can create a mottled effect by taking a sponge to dab the area while the paint is still wet.

Tips

As with anything, you want to make the area that has been repaired as hard to see as possible. This of course will be obtained by taking the time necessary to ensure you are doing a quality job to repair the scratches. If you do it fast, you are going to achieve a lesser quality finish. Protect your counter with a coat of varnish. This will help prevent further damages.