Granite sink is the most sort after for kitchen or bathroom needs by homeowners. They are beautiful and can really give your kitchen or bathroom that befitting look when installed. Here the full Installation guide for Granite Sink.
The one downside of this sinks is that they are some costly this is largely due to the cost of granite and the processes used to create the sinks. Contrary to popular opinions, these sinks are not as burly as you would think.
It is not abnormal to find out that your granite sinks can crack for various reasons, but instead getting rid of it and purchasing a new one, you can repair it. It is not so difficult to fix or repair your granite sinks. If you have a cracked granite surface on your sink that needs to be fixed, first of all, you would need to ascertain what type of crack it is.
Is it a hairline crack or a chip or it is broken? This is because hairline cracks or chips repairs are completely different from broken piece. When this has been ascertained, you can then proceed with the repair of your sink, which will include preparing the surface, supporting and masking the area, applying the filler and then buffer the area.
All these would be explained and the steps on how to go through in fixing your granite sinks would be explained below.
Clean the sink
Before you can begin the process of fixing or repairing your sinks, you need to first of all thoroughly clean your sinks. If you try to do the repair without cleaning the sink, it is very likely that the epoxy may not set properly.
Cleaning the sink before repairing the sink would ensure that any surface scratches that may have formed would be removed. You can clean the sink by pouring scouring powder into the sink, then slowly run hot water around the sink and then lightly dampen a towel with the warm water.
Rinse out the sink and then wipe it clean. If the grunges are proving tougher to remove, then you should use a soft scrubbing brush. You would need to press firmly while brushing and then rinse out the sink. Mob the sink with a dry cloth.
Prepare the sink
After you have finished cleaning and drying up the sink, inspect the crack in the sink. A large crack in a granite sink is easier to fix as it is more difficult to fill a smaller crack.
You can use a painter’s tape to the band along the thresholds of the crack. You may want to be as tidy with it as possible, you can place newspaper along the inside of the sink and tape them down.
The function of the tape and the newspaper would be to prevent the epoxy from getting on the rest of the sink. Once you are done preparing the granite sink, you can then proceed in mixing up the epoxy filler.
You can get epoxy from stores, pick an epoxy that states on its packaging that it can be used for granite or stone repair.
Apply the epoxy
Apply the epoxy requires you filling the cracks of your granite sink and this can prove to be a very tedious and time-consuming process, but it is not a daunting task to take on. For longer cracks, smear the epoxy in the crack until it is filled.
You can do this with a plastic spatula or the tool you used in mixing the epoxy, use the spatula to press the epoxy firmly into the crack. Add more epoxy as needed, and then smooth it out as best as possible and any bump around the surface area would need to be sandpapered.
Remove the paper and tape and allow the epoxy to dry for several days. Filling smaller cracks can be done in the same manner but instead of smearing the epoxy over the crack you would be more careful in applying the epoxy over the crack.
Allow the epoxy to dry
Generally, the drying time of the epoxy is around 24 hours. But depending on the brand of epoxy used, follow the drying time on the package as instructed by the manufacturer.
Clean and buff the area
After removing the tape and paper, you can access the surface to check for how smooth your sink is. You can use a sandpaper to smoothen out the surface.
You can then buff up the sink by using a wet buffing pad, gently moving through and scrubbing the surface area. After you may have finished cleaning and buffing the sink, you can use a tin oxide shine or a lapidary polish to buff out the area. This would give your granite sink a really shining and glimmering outlook.
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