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Old 11-15-2013, 02:41 PM   #1
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Replacing our counter top. 2013 Crusader

I read the thread on counter top replacement from another member.
We have a new Crusader and just from placing boxes on it the day we were stocking the RV for our first trip the counter top was scratched up. (Sliding cardboard boxes on it!) I didn't realize how soft the finish was. Now, 7 weeks into our trip the counter top shows like it's been in use for years and I have been very careful.
When I spoke with the selling dealer they said they'd replace it. Why would I want the same counter top? I feel the quality is poor.
So...how much of a challenge is it to replace the counter top with quality materials?
Would the walls, stove area be damaged during removal or installation of new materials?
The sink? Would it reseal properly?
Has anyone had similar problems with their counter tops? It looks like a granite finish but of course it is NOT granite. I knew that upon buying. I am blown away by the thin finish. Another dealer told me they wet sand the counter tops and apply a better finish?
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:55 PM   #2
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What kind of countertop is it? If it's anything like Corian (or the various "knock-off" brands)- scratches are just a part of life. I grew up with them- it was one of my parents few splurges of money.

In the camper, my cousin helpfully cleanup after dinner and used the gritty side of a sponge/scotchbrite (wrong word-but scratchy-side) pad. Looks pretty rough.

I talked to another cousin of mine who actually installed counter tops for a while. He said that you just buff them out and it cleans up nice.
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It isn't Corian. Yes, I agree scratches happen. I have owned several pull behinds, Keystone and Jayco and never had a scratch on the counter in 15 years of combined use. I am surprised by the soft finish and would like to keep it nice. It's only been 7 weeks. Looking for ideas in replacing it. I am afraid if I were to resell in a few years the counter as it appears now would be in poorer shape. I will check into buffing and resealing with a better product. Thank you!!
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What kind of countertop is it now? I hear that you're wanting to replace it- just curious what you have.
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The counter top is FAUX Corian. It's pretty to look at but not durable for normal use.
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Ok, seems like the same thing that I have then. Good luck with whatever you go with.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:01 PM   #7
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The counter tops in my camper are some kind of plastic. They call it Single piece thermofoil countertop with seamless edge. All this means to me is that there are no seams, especially around the edges, they don't absorb moisture, are light weight, and durable.
They're in my camper, so they can't be very expensive...
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wrvond, Your counter top is great. Similar to what is on the table by the bed and bathroom counter top in our RV. I wish I could post a photograph of our kitchen counter top, tried but didn't load.
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Is it a of brand corian with a high polish. Corian at a high polish will show wear. We finish ours at 400 grit sand paper and a gray scotchbrite. To clean use 50/50 white vinegar and water. It protects it, glasses and objects when set on it will slide a little and not grab which is when the scratches happen. It also polishes the top over time.
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Is it called E Stone? We discovered how easy it scratched during our first use also. Used automotive scratch remover (Scratch X) to clean it up and then strategically placed doilies in high use areas.
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