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Old 06-21-2019, 10:41 AM   #1
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DW spilled on the kitchen counter and it took the shiny finish off about 4 inch x 4 inch area. Is there any way to put the shine back on the counter. Thks
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Nothing I know of will replace the original shine on laminate, which is a thermally fused clear melamine. There is a product called "Countertop Magic", sold in spray cans, that will help a little but needs to be applied often. Nothing like new however.
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DW spilled on the kitchen counter and it took the shiny finish off about 4 inch x 4 inch area. Is there any way to put the shine back on the counter. Thks
Additionally, if the countertop is a solid surface material, very fine sandpaper used with an orbital sander is what is used to finish the surface.
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DW spilled on the kitchen counter and it took the shiny finish off about 4 inch x 4 inch area. Is there any way to put the shine back on the counter. Thks
This most important thing we need to know is, what material is your countertop made of?

If it is Corian, it is a super-easy fix. If it is a laminate, thereís not much you can do about it.

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I'd be interested to know....what did he spill that took the shine off the counter top ?? Battery acid ?
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I'd be interested to know....what did he spill that took the shine off the counter top ?? Battery acid ?
well the wife was gluing something with crazy glue and got some on the counter so she tried to take the glue off with a scrubby which made marks and made a dull look on it. you can notice it in the light.
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If you have a small orbital sander, put a fine ScotchBrite pad on your sander's pad and go to town. You can use fine sandpaper, as well, depending on the amount of shine you want.
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DW spilled on the kitchen counter and it took the shiny finish off about 4 inch x 4 inch area. Is there any way to put the shine back on the counter. Thks
The best way to restore the finish is to go to the auto parts store (Advance, AutoZone, O'Reilly's, NAPA, etc.) and get sheet of 800 wet/dry sandpaper and a sheet of 1200 wet/dry sandpaper.

Put a little water on the surface and polish with the 1200 paper. Be very gentle. All the color in melamine is in the thin top surface. You don't want to go through it. You should be able to restore the gloss in 5-10 minutes.

Start with the 1200. Only switch to the 800 if the 1200 is going too slow. If you do use the 800, you will have to use the 1200 briefly afterward.

And take the cyanoacrylate glue away from DW.

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If you have a small orbital sander, put a fine ScotchBrite pad on your sander's pad and go to town. You can use fine sandpaper, as well, depending on the amount of shine you want.
Thks for info I do have a orbital sander so do I need anything else other than the fine Scotch bite pad to remove the dullness and make it shine again.
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The best way to restore the finish is to go to the auto parts store (Advance, AutoZone, O'Reilly's, NAPA, etc.) and get sheet of 800 wet/dry sandpaper and a sheet of 1200 wet/dry sandpaper.

Put a little water on the surface and polish with the 1200 paper. Be very gentle. All the color in melamine is in the thin top surface. You don't want to go through it. You should be able to restore the gloss in 5-10 minutes.

Start with the 1200. Only switch to the 800 if the 1200 is going too slow. If you do use the 800, you will have to use the 1200 briefly afterward.

And take the cyanoacrylate glue away from DW.

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Thks Larry think I need to tape her fingers together then she can't grab the bottle
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The best way to restore the finish is to go to the auto parts store (Advance, AutoZone, O'Reilly's, NAPA, etc.) and get sheet of 800 wet/dry sandpaper and a sheet of 1200 wet/dry sandpaper.

Put a little water on the surface and polish with the 1200 paper. Be very gentle. All the color in melamine is in the thin top surface. You don't want to go through it. You should be able to restore the gloss in 5-10 minutes.

Start with the 1200. Only switch to the 800 if the 1200 is going too slow. If you do use the 800, you will have to use the 1200 briefly afterward.

And take the cyanoacrylate glue away from DW.

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Pretty sure his top is solid surface. You're describing a fix you'd recommend for high pressure laminate, which is paper. The melamine is the clear coat that is chemically and thermally bonded to the paper, where all the color and design lives. Melamine in that application is nothing more than the clear coating, and you can't restore it. I worked alongside that industry for decades.
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varathane spray gloss laquer, works great on furniture that was jacked in my house with nail polish remover. Either feather it, or tape off, put one coat, then feather in another coat. Buff if needed with a car deoxidizer polish.
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I used this on corianders and it worked great.

https://www.amazon.com/Micro-Mesh-Co...42025600&psc=1
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varathane spray gloss laquer, works great on furniture that was jacked in my house with nail polish remover. Either feather it, or tape off, put one coat, then feather in another coat. Buff if needed with a car deoxidizer polish.
Yes the counter is a solid surface!
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Yes the counter is a solid surface!
So are you saying very fine sandpaper won't bring shine back
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It is very easy to fix a solid surface counter like that. You need an orbital sander and several different grits of fine sandpaper. Start with P 400, then go finer to P 800, then P 1200 and finally P 1500. If the counter becomes too shiny go back one step in grit. I have done kitchen counters with this process in my home repair business. Sand it dry with the above products. This fine sandpaper can be purchased on the internet from Kingspor Woodworking Shop. Not a problem, super easy to fix. The solid surface product is amazing stuff.
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Sandpaper

If you want to try sanding, it send me a PM. I will mail you some sandpaper.
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It is very easy to fix a solid surface counter like that. You need an orbital sander and several different grits of fine sandpaper. Start with P 400, then go finer to P 800, then P 1200 and finally P 1500. If the counter becomes too shiny go back one step in grit. I have done kitchen counters with this process in my home repair business. Sand it dry with the above products. This fine sandpaper can be purchased on the internet from Kingspor Woodworking Shop. Not a problem, super easy to fix. The solid surface product is amazing stuff.
When the gloss isn't there anymore how does sandpaper during it back. My thinking it would make things worse?
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When the gloss isn't there anymore how does sandpaper during it back. My thinking it would make things worse?
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Old 06-22-2019, 05:52 PM   #20
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Your top is a mix of polyester and acrylic, and fine sandpaper actually polishes it. As I mentioned previously, Scotch Brite pads are also commonly used in the end process to actually cut the shine down a bit, as it makes the finished surface more forgiving to scratches and blemishes. It's also a matter of taste. I was actually one of the first certified Corian fabricators more than 30 years ago. The technology hasn't changed a whole lot since back then, other than the chemical percentages.
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