Benchtop Chip Repairs

Natural marble, limestone, travertine, onyx, granite and engineered Caesarstone, Essastone, Quantum Quartz, Silestone and HanStone kitchen benchtops, bathroom vanities, bartops and tables are strong and durable however the edges can still chip.  Damage to the edges around sinks, hotplates and dishwashers is often caused by impact from saucepans and plates.

These chips can be sharp, can compromise the strength of the stone and can allow moisture into the stone causing it to discolour and stain, therefore It is essential that these be repaired immediately.

Natural Stone Chip Repairs

  • The process for repairing natural stone chip repairs involves the use of epoxy resins with added colour pigments to match the stone
  • The resin hardens and is then polished or honed to blend in with the existing surface
  • Sometimes a UV light can be used to harden the resins

Engineered Stone Chip Repairs

  • Chips repairs on engineered stones are filled using coloured UV glues and resin
  • UV light technology is used to harden the material before the benchtop or vanity is polished smooth to match the original finish of the stone benchtop

Benchtop Crack Repairs

Cracks can occur in all natural and engineered stone kitchen benchtops and bathroom vanities.  Natural marble, travertine, limestone, onyx, granite and engineered Caesarstone, Essastone, Quantum Quartz, Silestone and HanStone can crack due to movement in a building, heat from a dishwasher under a benchtop or weight of a person standing on a benchtop.

This type of damage can compromise the strength of the stone and must be repaired immediately to avoid further cracking and moisture entering the stone causing discolouration and staining.

Crack Repair Process

  • If the stone has dropped on one side it will be lifted and clamped
  • The benchtop will be reinforced by glueing an alluminium bar to the underside so it is not visible
  • The crack in a natural stone benchtop will then be repaired in the same way a chip is repaired, using epoxy resin and coloured pigments which then hardens and is polished or honed to match the rest of the stone benchtop
  • The crack in an engineered stone benchtop will be repaired using coloured UV glue and resin, hardened using UV light technology and polished or honed to match the existing  finish on the stone kitchen benchtop or bathroom vanity

Benchtop Joint Repairs

Joint adjustments are commonly made on natural marble, limestone, travertine, onyx, granite and engineered Caesarstone, Essastone, Quantum Quartz, Silestone and HanStone kitchen benchtops, bartops, table tops and bathroom vanities, when the existing coloured epoxy resins in the join come loose or become dirty.

A shift in the benchtop caused by building movement, can cause the stone surrounding the joint to move and loosen the resin. On light coloured benchtops where the resin in the joint is pale it can become stained and discoloured over time and detract from the overall look of the stone benchtop.

Joint Repair Process

  • Existing, damaged epoxy resin in natural and engineered stone bechtops is removed using a special tool
  • The joint is clamped if possible and reinforced by glueing an aluminium bar to the underside of the benchtop so it is not visible
  • A solvent is used to clean the joint before the epoxy resin and coloured pigments matching the benchtop colour are added
  • Once the epoxy resin has hardened it is polished or honed to match the exiting finish of the stone kitchen benchtop, bathroom vanity or bartop
  • The new joint will look clean and undamaged

Benchtop Adjustments

Benchtop adjustments are often required when a stove or sink are to be installed into a stone benchtop or the ends of a benchtop need to be rounded, reshaped or made shorter. Natural marble, limestone, travertine, onyx, granite, and engineered Caesarstone, Essastone, Quantum Quartz, Silestone and HanStone kitchen benchtops, bartops, table tops and bathroom vanities are commonly adjusted during the building process or when appliances and sinks are replaced in existing benchtops.

Adjustment to accommodate appliances

  • The stone benchtop cavity is measured to ensure accurate sizing in comparison to the appliance or sink being fitted
  • A wet grinding process is used to carefully cut the stone to size
  • If necessary the stone is reinforced underneath with metal bars
  • Silicone is placed around the edges to ensure it remains secure and water resistant

Reshaping of benchtop ends

  • The area to be cut off is measured and taped to ensure an accurate curve is created
  • A wet grinding process is used to carefully cut the stone to size
  • The exposed ends are rounded and polished to match the existing benchtop

Benchtop Burn Marks

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Benchtop Bleach Marks

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Benchtop Etching

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Benchtop Cuts & Scratches

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