To you they are a part of nature. To Mrs. Jones they are imperfections in the material, and she wants them fixed—right now. I’m talking about those little fissures and cracks, as well as “quartz pops,” or pits that often occur in stone surfaces. We have developed an easy and inexpensive technique to repair surface imperfections in granite and engineered stone or quartz surfacing that creates a strong, durable and (most important) beautiful fix. Best of all, there are no expensive tools to buy or elaborate training needed, and you can even do it right in the customer’s home.
These are tools and supplies you need:
- Coarse bastard file (ridges all in one direction).
- Acrylic knife grade glue with color tints and cream hardener.
- Micromesh 4,000-grit and 12,000-grit sandpaper.
Here’s what you do:
Step 1: Clean and dry the area to be repaired.
Step 2: Tint the acrylic resin to the desired base color and mix in the cream hardener.
Step 3: Fill the repair area with resin, mounding over the repair like a small hill.
Step 4: After resin has cured completely, hold the file flat and parallel to the surface and remove all excess resin by filing in a linear direction (don’t worry, the file won’t mar the stone surface). Keep filing until the repair is completely flat.
Step 5: Wrap 4,000-grit sandpaper around the file and sand back and forth a dozen or so times. Stop when the surface is completely smooth.
Step 6: Now wrap the file again with 12,000-grit sandpaper and buff to completion. This final step will bring the acrylic resin up to the same gloss as the stone.
Step 7: On larger repairs you may want to use a razor to make small irregular shaped gouges in the repaired area and refill these gouges with a darker or lighter shade of the acrylic resin. After repeating steps 4, 5 and 6, the repair will be inconspicuous.
That’s it. The only thing left is to accept the gratitude of your customer, along with a referral or two.