How to Repair Cracked Counter Tops

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Repairing a cracked counter top is certainly less expensive than replacing it. As might be expected, the materials from which the counter top are made dictate the types of repair can be done. Repairing a stone counter top would require a repair that would not necessarily work for a wood counter top and visa versa. After you make your repair, you will be able to enjoy your counter top for many years to come.

Things You'll Need

  • Epoxy
  • Wax paper
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • 180 grit sandpaper
  • Rag
  • Mineral oil
  • Beeswax
  • Finish
  • Butter knife
  • Utility knife
  • Two-part epoxy

Stone Counter Tops

  • Determine the extent of the damage, for this will dictate the method of repair.

  • Employ epoxy to reattach a small section of the counter top if it breaks off. If you apply the epoxy carefully and wipe away any excess, you will be able to create a repair that's virtually invisible.

  • Fill smaller chips from the counter top with wax. Wax comes in various shades, which means you might be able to closely match it to the color of the counter.

  • Insert metal pins in fractures that are more severe. This requires drilling holes near the damaged area in such a manner that the weakened area gets some support.

Wood Counter

  • Examine the crack in the wood counter top to determine its severity.

  • Sand the counter top with sandpaper. Sand the wood counter top with 120 grit sand paper, then sand it a second time with 180 grit sandpaper. By sanding it twice with the two grits of sand paper, you can reveal the wood below the surface and the crack. Clean the surface with a rag to remove any dust.

  • Use a rag to apply mineral oil to the freshly sanded wood. Remove any excess. Add a mixture of beeswax and oil for further protection.

  • Fill the crack with epoxy if the side of the crack is large. Sand and refinish with mineral oil and beeswax.

Laminate Crack

  • Loosen the cracked laminate on a laminate counter top. A butter knife works well in this application, for the blade is both blunt and flat.

  • Use a utility knife to gently remove any debris from the crack in the laminate.

  • Fill the crack with two-part epoxy. Press the crack so it's flat. Clean any excess epoxy.

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