Corian – so your expensive countertop is broken? Do not panic

Anytime you spend a lot of money on something only to have it break on you, it’s usually going to make you nervous. Well, if it’s a solid surface countertop, then there’s no reason to panic.

One of the big selling points of solid surface countertops is the fact that they can be repaired if they are scratched, cracked, chipped, burned, or anything else. As long as your countertop hasn’t turned into a pile of dust or confetti, it can be fixed.

Every once in a while, I come across a post on some DIY forum or message board and people post responses about solid surface countertop repair. They say how you can fix a crack with super glue or some fantastic new resin that you can just pour over the crack and then sand it down and then it’s fixed. Well, that’s just not true.

Other than simply removing scratches and a few stains, there’s no such thing as a homeowner performing a real, legitimate, invisible, beautiful repair on their own solid surface countertop. It’s just not going to happen. That is a great myth that can be busted in the blink of an eye. Just ask anyone who has been unfortunate enough to follow this advice. Sure, maybe the magic potion they poured into the crack filled it in, and sure, once they sanded it down after using the magic potion, the crack was no longer felt when you rubbed your finger over it, but what did it look like? In a word, horrible.

In case it doesn’t look horrible at first, just wait, it will. It will start to change color, usually getting darker. So if you had a crack in a white countertop and you fixed it yourself, it won’t be long before it starts turning black. Imagine how proud you would be of your practical work then. Your once beautiful countertops now look like something you salvaged from some old hotel or something. Gross!

The good thing is that even if you are not qualified to repair your own countertop, there are qualified people out there.

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