Granite Repair Rough Pitted Juparana Fantistico

QUESTION:

I just got granite installed in my kitchen, I picked it out in a slab shop, name of the granite is Juparana Fantastico. I didn't realize it has so many pits, it is very rough throughout the whole surface, I asked the fabricator to epoxy and fill in the pits, and reseal the granite. however, it's still the same. What can i do? Thanks for your help.

ANSWER:

Well, the slab was finished as it is now before it got to the show room where you picked it out. And since you chose it, you can't really blame the installers.

Pitting can sometimes happen. When you start cutting large granite blocks into slabs, some of the minerals and crystals that were once surrounded are now exposed on a surface and may pop out.

This is usually not much a problem on most granite and you can easily fill the pits with this Granite & Marble Repair Kit for chips and pits. Much better than standard epoxy fillers and cheaper than having a pro do it.

If you have pits all over and the surface is rough or not polished to the shine you expected, then really you just made a bad choice of slabs.

You could have the surface re-polished (some stones will polish to a higher shine than others).

Then applying a granite sealer that forms permanent bonds with the stone like SenGuard granite sealer will reduce absorption of liquids is constantly wet areas like the sink that can weaken the stone and lead to pitting.

granite countertop cleanerGood Luck,
Ryan

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I hate the color of my granite Juparana St. Cecilia
by: Anonymous

My granite is not the right color for me, it is too dark. The show room I was at had it in a lighter color and the one that came in was dark and orange looking. Is there any way we can lighten up the color, without having to replace the counter tops?

====== Countertop Specialty comment:

You could have the Santa Cecilia granite honed, which would result in a matte (smooth, but non-polished, non-reflective) surface with a much lighter, more washed out color.

I highly recommend you view a honed slab or have a piece honed first though, since the granite color will be a lot lighter.

Color variation is one very good reason why the exact slab you like should be purchased for installation vs. buying a "color" from a showroom or sample.

Granite (and all stone) have widely varying shades of color and pattern even when the slabs are the same name. Thus, you pick the sample color, but the actual slab in they bring is a different shade.

And Santa Cecilia granite is quite possibly the poster child for color variation. It is well-known that this popular stone comes in many, many shades.

Polishing granite brings out the color making it more saturated and dark. Has to do with the reflectivity of a polished surface. Just like a wet surface becomes darker.

Honing the granite countertop would remove the polished layer resulting in a less saturated color tone.


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Granite Countertop Rough Patches


(Indiana)

QUESTION:

We recently had granite countertops installed in the kitchen. I have noticed a couple of small patches feel rough and unpolished compared to the remainder of the counter top. I am concerned that, if left untreated, the scratched areas will grow and ruin the counter. Is there anything I can do to repair this?

ANSWER:

Well, the rough patches probably won't grow. Granite is very hard and the areas that are polished will likely stay that way so long as you use only products safe for cleaning granite countertops and marble.

I hate to inform you, but most likely you have a bad slab of granite that could not be polished very well.

Some stones will take a polish and get "shinier" than other stones. While a couple of granite colors (santa cecilia, giallo veneziano) are the most common varieties to have a rough or gitty surface even after polishing.

Now, both colors can be just fine and look great, but some slabs can be bad, so you must be careful picking out your slab.

If you picked the slab, then you don't have much recourse except to hire a skill stone restoration professional to try a polish the rough areas.

However, if you simply picked a color and the designer or fabricator actually chose the slab to install, then have it replaced.

Good Luck,
Ryan

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Bathroom dresser granite top with some pits
by: Anonymous

I saw where the granite top that came with my bath dresser is one that is prone to pitting, brazilian giallo.

It has a few dark pits or rough spots. Will it get worse and will sealing help it?

I bought a budget dresser and it looks good. Since it will be in a bathroom with sinks, I am hoping it will last awhile. It really is a pretty shade and were it perfect, I would love it.

Thank you,

CM

===== Countertop Specialty comment:

Sealing the granite vanity top won't prevent pits, however, you may want/need to seal it to help prevent stains.

Perform the water test for sealing granite countertops to determine if your granite needs sealing.

Some stones are more prone to pitting. If you already have pits, then yes... more could occur. But not too big a deal really.

The pits can be filled and repaired using this Marble & Granite Repair Kit for Chips/Pits. The "gel" is for the tops and the "paste" for edges.

This product is excellent and easy to apply. Dries clear allowing the natural color and pattern to show for the most invisible and durable granite pit repair.

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Granite Surface Feels Slightly Rough

by Betsy
(birmingham al)

QUESTION:

We have new granite countertops, "new venetian gold" and when I gently run my fingers across the surface I can feel areas of the 'raw stone" in places.

Is this normal? does it mean that the sealer is not thick enough? Some people have told me it is normal to feel areas where the 'chips' of the stone will be so close to the surface that you can feel it.

ANSWER:

I'm sorry to say you're not going to like my answer because there isn't much you can do about this unless you were not the one to choose the slab.

I won't say it is common, but new venetian gold and santa cecilia both tend to have this problem of a rough gritty feel to the surface.

If your designer or fabricator picked out this slab then certainly have them tear it out and re-install something different.

If you chose this specific slab (not just the color from a sample) then you're probably stuck.

Why does this occur?

Well, granite (actually gneiss in this case) is a natural product and there can be significant variation or departure for the "norm" in the characteristics and qualities of certain stones/colors/varieties.

Silk and cotton are both cloth, but with quite different qualities. And really I'm sure there are different grades of both silk and cotton.

Same with stone. You got a bad slab. Nothing to do with the sealer and the other explanation that it's "normal to feel areas where the 'chips' of the stone will be so close to the surface that you can feel it" is not in fact "normal".

You may ask the installers to re-polish the surface, but typically a bad slab/stone is bad all the way through.

Good Luck,
Ryan

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granite countertop surface feels rough
by: Anonymous

Great comments! My very first experience with granite countertops (on kitchen island and in the bathroom). Your professional comments and the description of the "rough surface" are very educational. Thank you so much.

Water-spotted New Granite Countertops
by: Ann

We just had new granite counter tops installed in our kitchen. Why does it look like it has water spots all over it, especially in the sun light. It doesn't look pretty at all. What do we do?

=== Countertop Specialty comment:

Well, it could be exactly that... water spots from hard water. Water gets on the surface, dries and the minerals left behind create whitish dull spots.

This can be cleaned off with a Hard Water / Soap Scum remover product for natural stone.

If it happens to be black granite, then it could be an issue of "doctoring" (search this term in the box at top of page).

Try cleaning it with acetone. Maybe there is some gunk left over from the install. This won't harm it at all. Common to use this or mineral spirits to clean after granite countertop installation.
















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