LESLIE: Alright. Now we’re going to head over to Michigan and chat with Mary. What can we do for you today?
MARY: And I’d like the backsplash to have a little more shine to it.
MARY: Is there anything I can put on it?
TOM: You could use a stone sealer for that. Do you have any kind of a finish on the stone at all right now?
MARY: Yes. It’s all been sealed with a sealer.
TOM: It has been sealed. But you …
TOM: Because you have high-def laminate you now basically have a fairly rich-looking countertop surface but the natural (chuckles) – actually, the laminate looks better than the natural.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) It dulls the stone.
TOM: Mary, the sealer that was put on the first time – did you guys put that on or did you have somebody else do that?
MARY: I had it installed, so they did that.
TOM: OK. Can you find out what manufacturer they used? And here’s why: sealers are available in different finishes and, for the most part, people are going to apply a semi-gloss …
LESLIE: Or even a satin.
TOM: … sealer or even a satin one because they don’t want to have a lot of shine. In your situation, you want to have a lot of shine; you want a high gloss. Now, there are plenty of good-quality, high-gloss sealers on the market. I know DuPont makes a good one called StoneTech. The problem is that they don’t recommend that you put it over another product, so the fact that you have a sealer on there makes it difficult for you to put another manufacturer’s product over it; certainly without voiding their warranty.
So that’s why I suggest if you go back to the original installers and find out what manufacturer’s product that they used; that manufacturer will probably have a product that’s available in high-gloss, which can go on top of the semi-gloss or the satin finish that you have on right now. Does that make sense?
MARY: That makes sense.
TOM: And I think that’ll do it.
MARY: (overlapping voices) I thank you very much and I will do that.
TOM: You’re welcome, Mary. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT and enjoy that new kitchen countertop.