Repair a Chipped Granite Countertop
LESLIE: Joyce in Florida needs some help with a granite countertop. Tell us what’s going on.
JOYCE: I’m just wondering about my granite countertop. I have a little chip in it. It’s only a year-and-a-half old.
TOM: How’d that happen?
JOYCE: I have no idea. I swear to God, I live alone and it could have been (inaudible at 0:02:22) anybody else. But it’s right by – right in front of the sink, so I mean …
LESLIE: I have one there, as well. Do you want to know what it’s from?
LESLIE: And also, what is your edge? Do you have the ogee edge?
JOYCE: Oh, I don’t know.
LESLIE: Is it super-decorative? Like kind of curvy or is it more blunt?
JOYCE: It’s blunt. Yeah, the side by the sink is blunt. The outside is the curvy part, yeah.
LESLIE: OK. So it’s the inside of the sink, not the outside?
JOYCE: Well, OK, I’m sorry, I’m thinking about like the bar part. Anyway, no, it’s the inside of the sink but it’s just curvy; it’s still on the side. It’s blunt.
LESLIE: Because my issue is from – at the sink, the counter height happens to be at the same exact height as the button on my jeans. And when I’m washing my dishes and I’m leaning at the counter, I had a little area that was more filler than actually granite at that edge. Because, you know, they do that resin coating on it and if there’s pocks or chips, it sort of fills in. So I kept leaning and leaning and leaning and working and over the years, it just sort of popped out this little filler and it was always from where the button on my pants was sort of hitting that counter.
JOYCE: Well, that – see, mine is on – is actually – it’s on the inside of the sink.
LESLIE: On the sink side. You must be a very crazy dishwasher.
TOM: Well, there is a solution. There are a wide variety of acrylic or epoxy repair kits that are available where, in effect, you can mix up the repair material and then also mix in a dye that is very close to the pattern that you have and then very carefully touch that up.
LESLIE: Fill it in.
TOM: Build it up and …
JOYCE: Yes. I just don’t want it to get any bigger.
LESLIE: Yeah. No, this will help you with that.
TOM: I think that that’s probably a reasonably easy thing for you to do and it should stop it from getting any bigger.
JOYCE: I assume this is just something you can buy at …
TOM: Well, at home center or you can just search for granite repair kits online and there’s dozens of websites that sell these kits. They’re pretty straightforward in terms …
LESLIE: They’re in the $25 to $50 range.
TOM: Yep. One is called Bonstone – B-o-n-s-t-o-n-e – Bonstone.com. But there are lots of them out there that are available. And again, all you’ve got to do is mix it up and follow the directions and I think you’ll be good to go.
JOYCE: Well, I will fix it and thank you. I really appreciate that. I wasn’t sure if there was anything you could do to fix it and I didn’t want to just leave it alone. So, OK, I’ll try that.
TOM: Well, you’re not the first to have a crack but you won’t be the last.
LESLIE: And you’re not the last.
TOM: And fortunately, there’s a whole market out there waiting to serve you.
JOYCE: Alrighty. I thank you so much. Appreciate it.
TOM: You are very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.