Kitchen Worktop Repair for Earthstone Surfaces
Our range of Earthstone worktops are a superb alternative to solid stone surfaces, imitating the look and cool-to-the-touch feel of granite or marble. Besides their affordability, the main advantage of Earthstone worktops is that they are easier to customise and repair.
In this information guide, we’ve put together some kitchen worktop repair guidelines to help you learn how to fix Earthstone kitchen worktops with confidence.
Earthstone Kitchen Worktop Repair
If your Earthstone kitchen worktop becomes scratched or has a light gouge in it, the surface can be easily repaired if you have the right equipment at hand.
The beauty of these worktops is that they can be sanded back to a smooth finish and re-polished, totally removing any light damage. As the solid acrylic surface is 6mm thick, this not a practice that can be carried out infinite times, as you will have to sand a large section of the worktop to bring back a smooth, flat surface.
For the best finish, we recommend using an orbital sander with increasingly smooth grades of sandpaper. After this you will need to follow these polishing guidelines to achieve a rich, high-quality finish:
Apply Countertop Magic (or a similarly suitable worktop polish) and allow it to soak into the worktop for 10 minutes. Apply another coat of polish and buff the surface until it has fully absorbed. Finally, polish the surface with a dry microfibre cloth to remove any excess and create a streak-free finish.
Countertop Magic is available as part of our Earthstone Installation Kit
Fixing Earthstone Surface Damage
For fixing more serious Earthstone surface damage, the process is a little more involved, however you can still achieve a great finish with access to the right equipment.
Using a handheld electric router, cut into the surface around the damaged area, ensuring that enough space is left around the affected area to blend in the replacement. It is advised to create a precise template that can be used to cut the worktop, and then to cut a matching section of replacement Earthstone acrylic.
When cutting into the surface, ensure that the electric router is adjusted so that a minimal amount of the worktop’s core is cut away.
Once cut, the replacement should be glued to core material using a matching Earthstone worktop adhesive to ensure it stays firmly in place, whilst allowing it to project just above the level of the existing work surface. You should ensure that enough adhesive is applied so that it oozes out on all sides.
Once dry, the excess adhesive and replacement surface can be sanded down to match the previous finish. Additional sanding using increasingly fine grades of sandpaper will be required, after which you should polish the entire worktop area to bring back a uniform finish.
Matching Earthstone adhesive is available for each of the decors in our range:
For further details on the maintenance and repair of Earthstone worktops, please refer to the guide provided with your worktops. You can find out more general information about these worktops in our dedicated guide: ‘All About Earthstone Kitchen Worktops’.