Applying Granite Sealer on Polished Resined Countertop

by Ted
(La.-USA)

Typhoon Bordeaux Granite Kitchen Countertops

Typhoon Bordeaux Granite Kitchen Countertops

QUESTION:

Hello, We recently installed Beautiful granite counter-tops, a lighter Brazilian "Typhoon Bordeaux" 3cm, that has a high gloss polished resin surface that looks like glass!


After visiting and speaking with warehouse showroom personnel at Triton Stone and getting quotes from 6 installers over the next 2 weeks, the expressed opinions were split 50\50 concerning the need to "SEAL" this stone.

Half stated that the -quarry applied and polished- surface Resin was sufficient in protecting the stone against absorption, and half stated it still had to be sealed to prevent stains!?

Our chosen installer actually applied Senguard after fabrication and installation, as he said it is the BEST product he's seen in the past 12 years and doesn't take any chances on the lasting quality of his work (good answer)!

I've included a pic of the kitchen for your review and was interested in your professional opinion...did this "TB Granite" need to be sealed, or not?! Will it need to be re-sealed in the future? Thanks for any advice, Ted

ANSWER:

Although Typhoon Bordeaux typically can take a granite sealer, countertops that have been resined often do not need sealing.

However, since there are 2500+ colors of stone sold as granite (and not all are 'geologically' granite) you might imagine there is a range of qualities and characteristics.

It's a natural product and every slab is truly unique. It is not uncommon for a granite of the same color/name/variety to also show differences.

So, even though the traits of many colors are well-known and you can definitively say that granite ABC always needs to be sealed and granite XYZ never needs it, the only and best way to ever determine whether any particular slab of stone (resined or not) needs to be sealed is to perform the simple water test for sealing granite countertops on several areas.

Performing this test removes all guess-work and opinion. You don't have to know a thing about any particular stone and the test will tell you if it needs a granite sealer or not.

Of course, this test will also tell you if and when your granite countertops need re-sealing.

Despite what you might read that sealing granite countertops 'must be' done every 6 months or every year or every 3-5 years... the truth is that it depends.

The frequency for applying a granite sealer varies considerably based on several factors.

The main one is that "granite" is not a uniform man-made product. It's not all the same.

So, whenever you hear or read "granite is this... or granite does that... or granite needs" ... just remember these are very general guidelines that commonly (but not always) apply.

The truth about applying a granite sealer is that there is no set schedule for any color or stone type.

You may need to apply and/or re-apply a granite countertop sealer every year, 3 years, 5 years, etc., depending on the variables.

And sometimes you won't have to re-seal for 10 years and sometimes not at all since many 'granite' colors do not, in fact cannot be sealed because the stone is just too dense, nothing readily absorbs and it's nearly impossible to stain already in it's natural state.

So, it's always best to test preferably before you even buy the stone so you know it will perform as you want it too.

Your installer is correct about the SenGuard Marble & Granite Sealer though. It is by far the best granite sealer available forming permanent bonds that require only a single application.

And if he was able to successfully apply the SenGuard granite sealer, then you can conclude that your granite countertop "needed" sealing.

Typically what will happen when a granite sealer is applied to a stone that does not need sealing is the sealer will dry on the surface or sealer residue will be left behind on the surface creating dull hazy streaks.

I'd say you are good to go and you should thank your installer for a job well-done!

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Great Info!
by: Ted

Ryan,

Thanks for your quick, detailed and Very Helpful feedback to my questions!

I initially posted my questions Before going through the wealth of archived Q\A information. After reading these and your informative articles, I learned a tremendous amount about natural stone characteristics, recommendations and maintenance. Wow, you've done the public a great service giving your time and effort to educate us...Greatly appreciated!!!

As before, your suggestions and answers will be Well Received by any new natural stone purchaser. I'll be sure to forward your site when the opportunity arises! Wish I had started out my project 1st by coming here, but it seems to have turned out well!!

Thanks,

Ted


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Resined Sealed Granite Care
by: Ted

Ryan,

My Typhoon Bordeaux countertops have been factory (quarry) epoxy resined and polished, then finally sealed after installation with "SenGuard". Currently, the surface looks like a thin sheet-of-glass set on top the granite, a finish I'd like to preserve!

I've read that the resin in man made solid surface quartz products, like Silestone, can yellow with age. It also is difficult to impossible to repair the yellowing or stains, is not recommended for outside use due to UV exposure and a few of my local installers have quit carrying it because of experience with these above problems.

Do I face similar challenges in respect to Our "resined" granite surface, or are there different types of resin used for granite slabs that are more stable, longer lasting surfaces?

Are my options for "maintaining the clarity" (non-yellowing) of the epoxy resin finish any different from non-resined granite surfaces?

Thanks again for any help,

Ted

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Resin questions
by: Ryan

Your installers are correct about quartz countertops and the resin yellowing under sunlight.

The problem with yellowing of the resin is mainly with colored resins and with prolonged UV ray/sunlight exposure. This is almost never a problem inside.

The resins for granite countertops are clear.

Your tops may get some sunlight from the window, but I think the chance of yellowing is slim to none, so really not worth worrying about.

The only potential maintenance issue with resined vs. non-resined surface is that sometimes a resined granite will react with acids where granite is not reactive with acids and won't etch.

This doesn't occur too much. Mainly on very dense stones that have been resined and some residue from the resin remains on the surface.

You may want to test a area not very visible with a drop or two of lemon juice. Let it sit 15 minutes and see if a light colored mark is left behind. If so, then you do need to protect against etching from acidic foods and drinks.

But I'll bet you won't see any etching and you'll have many years of carefree enjoyment of your new granite countertops.

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Thus,
by: Ted

Ryan,

Thanks again for your quick response. I have a few reminante pieces of treated backsplash and for piece of mind, will do your suggested acid test.

Reviewing the Stone Care products here, it seems all I really need then for regular cleaning and maintenance (outside of a possible resealing in say, 15-20+ years) would be the Stone Care Pro "Stone Plus Cleaner"!?!?

We really appreciate all of your time and help, Ryan. I know others will also benefit from your detailed and professional advice!!!

Take Care,

Ted

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Polisher after Cleaner?
by: Ted

Well, I'm just a curious and inquisitive guy, so here's another maintenance question, Ryan!

I'll be using the Stone Plus Cleaner Wipes daily for touch ups and the Stone Plus Cleaner Spray every week or so. As you suggested, should work very well in maintaining my Typhoon Bordeaux.

Additionally, would periodic use of the Stone Plus DAZZLE Polisher improve the deep luster of my resined TB, or does it perform equally to the Stone Plus Cleaner in the "Shine" department and not really any improvement?

Ted

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Dazzle Polish
by: Ryan

Ted,

The DAZZLE Polish is a temporary topical polish that will enhance the shine, but it is not necessary for cleaning or maintenance.

It is designed to be applied only periodically (2-3x/month) or as you desire to give your countertops an added pop.

It will eventually wear off (as it should since you don't want any permanent topical coatings) with use and cleaning and then you re-apply when you're hosting a dinner party or whatever and want your marble and granite to look their very best.

Dazzle won't repair dull spots (that's requires a special type of "polish") and it won't make honed or otherwise old and worn countertops shiny.

It simply improves whatever shine is already on the surface. You don't have to use it, but it is very popular. Many people do use it in addition to Stone PLUS even though this cleaner leaves the surface very shiny.

Obviously most people want shiniest shine possible!



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Pro Results-Products and Service!
by: Ted

Ryan,

You were correct about my Typhoon Bordeaux countertops. I performed the ?lemon juice? test?no etching or discoloration At All after the 15 minutes. Those concerns are now gone. It?s good to know how durable our granite is and as you said, we?ll have many years to enjoy this beautiful and unique product of nature!

I?ve now entrusted my on-going care of our countetops with those Wonderful Stone Care Pro products that you so accurately describe (Sen-Guard Sealer, Stone Plus Cleaners, Dazzle Polish, Steel Kleen Cleaner).

For others reading this, they All perform ?As Advertised and with Fantastic Results?. Skip over to the products page to read my reviews. I believe you will also find these Stone Care Pro products to be the best. No BS, just Quality Care at very reasonable prices!

Thanks For all the help Ryan,
Ted

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Protect against etching from acidic foods
by: Anonymous

Hi, can anyone please tell me how to best protect resined granite against etching from acidic foods and drinks. My black galaxy tiles lighten in colour within tem nimuntes after acid is applied.

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Resined Countertop Problems
by: Diane

Ryan, I have a similar issue. My resined stone is Coliseum. Beautiful but nothing but headaches!

I had it installed over 2 months ago. The top is exotic looking in the brown family. The ogee sides were almond or almost white when it was installed! So I had a completely two-toned counter.

After complaining to the fabricator, he sent his crew, on three occasions, to apply color to the sides but it always rubbed off, even on my new Christmas sweater!

I guess it's because each time they came, they applied more sealer so there was no way that the color could penetrate. Finally the owner decided that he would have to grind the sides right in our house. What a mess!

After grinding for hours, they applied the color and then ground again. The color isn't perfect but it matches a little better. The problem now is that the top is shiny and the sides are dull.

Is there a sealer that I can apply to the sides to make them shiny like the top or do they have to come back to polish the sides to a shine. PLEASE HELP!

I waited 30 years to get a granite counter and I'm now over it! I've been dealing with this for over two months now!

===== COMMENT:

Yes, the best would be for the installers to polish the edges, however, you may be able to apply a Color-Enhancing Sealer (depending on whether there has been a previous sealer application to the countertops edges... enhancer should go on first).

The "color-enhancer" will darken the stone a bit and give it a sheen (not a full reflective shine) like when the stone is wet.

This should help the edges match the countertop surface in color and shine.

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