Filling Fissures and Uneven Shine on Granite Countertop
Hi, We had granite countertops installed a couple weeks back. The surface looks spotty
, with areas of high shine and low shine.
It feels gritty and you can see fissures and pits.
Please explain if this is normal and if we can have it treated with something that will even out the shine and fill the pits. Thank you in advance!
ANSWER: Granite countertop slabs with a poor finish like this do exist
, but no it is not "normal" for them to actually be installed. Unfortunately, it sounds like you got a bad slab and likely a shady fabricator.
A blotchy look to the surface
may not be a problem.... could be normal, however, a countertop that feels gritty
I'm guessing you did not pick out the exact granite countertop slab for installation.
I can't imagine any reputable stone warehouse even buying such a slab and any decent fabricator would not install such a poor slab. It is "normal" for some granite slabs to be of poor quality.
Some granites are like bad pieces of wood and no matter how hard you try you just can't sand them smooth.... they just fall apart, etc.
Same with bad granite... won't take a polish or polishes very poorly and can be gritty, rough or heavily pitted. Fly-by-night fabricators
advertising $25 sq. ft. installed granite countertops on roadway signs often install marginal quality slabs... how else can they do it so cheap?
So, if any balance is remaining, do not pay it and take the issue up with the fabricator.
They really have no argument (unless you did pick out this slab) since they know what anyone wants is a smooth shiny granite countertop. Applying a resin
at the factory prior to polishing is a normal and acceptable practice to fill in natural pits and fissures in the surface.
It may be possible that an excellent stone restoration pro could re-finish, resin and re-polish your granite countertop to improve the situation, but it would likely be cheaper and easier just to rip it all out and start over. I would get a second opinion
from a uninvolved and reputable local fabricator that can actually see the slab in person.
Maybe it's not as bad as it seems to me, but typically with these type of slabs additional polishing, etc. doesn't help a lick.
Sorry to give such a crummy prognosis. Hopefully you're able to work something out without to much extra expense.