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Repair Cultured Marble Sinks

Updated:2013-12-31 11:01:10

Sinks receive lots of wear and tear from an assortment of products and electronics that are used near them. Because of the products and the water from the sink, cracks form around the drain, stains show up on the surface, burns occur from hot objects, and scratches occur from sharp objects. Unlike other solid surfaces, cultured marble is 75 percent ground marble dust, with a glossy topcoat that is only on the surface. To fix minor scratches, burns or stains, you need to refinish this topcoat and attempt to hide the damage.

                                                      

Kits
Do-it-yourself kits allow you to fix the problem yourself, while using professional products. They conveniently provide you with everything you need in one purchase. According to refinishingonline.com and bathwizard.com, both sites where kits can be purchased, burns, stains or scratches can be fixed with a surface restore kit that includes power stain removers, scratch removers, polisher and shine spray. Cracks can be repaired with marble repair kits, which include sandpaper, a cultured marble patch, liquid hardener and all of the utensils. These types of kits include finishing coats for a lasting finish.
On the downside, only solid colors are available, so if your marble displays swirls, these cannot be recreated. For large areas, consider redoing your entire sink so that the color will be uniform. It would still cost less than replacing.
Individual Products
Depending on the repair needed, some products can be individually purchased to do the particular job. According to naturalhandyman.com, after minor sanding of surface damage, use a product to restore the glossy finish of cultured marble tile, such as Gel Gloss, a polyurethane varnish, or paint with an epoxy base. The only way to repair burns is to buy the paint that is originally used for cultured marble, available at http://www.integritycoatings.com, but it is very expensive.
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