Deep Chips In Marble Table
(Candler, NC, USA)
The worst possible nightmare has occurred!
Slippery hands allowed a heavy object to drop onto our marble table causing a deep dent.
While our table is very large and thick, the dent nevertheless also penetrated the surrounding surface to appear cracked, although not loose.
It measures 2cm in total circumference, but only 1cm for the actual indent.
We are absolutely flabbergasted. We read elsewhere to use silicone to fill in the gap
after carefully washing with plain water and drying completely.
Since we are in absolute horror, we need to check with you before further damage is caused, because, we trust this site and the information provided.
What would be your evaluation? Thank you again for your assistance, experience and patience.
Hi Lys, thanks for your trust!
Using a color matching caulk/silicone can work (it will fill the dent and may be reasonably inconspicuous), although I don't think it's the best solution.
You really can't create a clean, seamless transition from the caulk to the surface of the table. There will always be a small lip or depression.
So, the edges will peel or get ragged and generally it will be a noticeable patch. I'd suggest using
the Pit & Chip Marble & Granite Repair kit
designed for just such an issue.
The above marble chip repair kit is most effective for smaller pits and chips, although it will also work on a dent and help fill in contiguous cracks radiating from the damaged spot. This product is super-easy to use
compared to the old-school color-matching epoxies. It's a light-curing acrylic product that fills the pit or "dent", can be sanded and buffed to be even with the surrounding marble (no dips, lips or bumps), and cures to a hard clear finish allowing the natural color/pattern of the marble to show through making an unnoticeable and permanent repair. Also consider calling a marble repair - restoration pro
take a look. You may have damage that could need more elaborate treatment than just filling a hole, such as repairing the surface finish, etc.
But if the dent/chip is actually a well-defined area and the borders are pretty sharp (the cracking of surrounding surface is the issue here), then the granite and marble repair kit will do the job well and save you a bunch of money on a pro.
New Marble Countertop Has Shallow Pits
(Starkville, MS USA)
We recently had new marble countertops installed in our kitchen. We have noticed many shallow pits in the surface.
Can you tell me what these are, and what should we do about them?
Do our marble guys need to take the counters back to their shop, or can they be fixed on sight?
Pits in marble countertops are unusual and are generally more like chips or slices. A simple repair can be done in place.
This type of blemish happens when surface crystals come loose and pop out, or impact from a dropped object (plate, pan, appliance, tool) nicks the stone. Fix chips, pits & nicks yourself
using this marble chip repair gel / paste
, which is waaaay easier to use than epoxies and resins, and the marble repair is almost invisible.
Chips and pits will typically happen in areas of higher use and/or from repeated impact like around a kitchen sink.
The pits could have been in the slab prior to installation. Your countertop fabricator/installer is not likely to blame.
Anyway, we highly recommend the acrylic-gel Marble Chip Repair Kit
above. It will be the quickest and easiest way to permanently fill these pits.