Silestone Counter Crack Repair

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Things You'll Need

  • Ammonia-based glass cleaner

  • Soft cloths

  • Cyanoacrylate glue

  • Painter's tape

  • Razor blade or utility knife

  • Very fine sandpaper

Repairing cracked Silestone makes the damage almost invisible.
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Silestone is a brand name of a quartz composite material noted for its durability. While quartz and quartz composites are generally strong enough to resist chips, scratches and cracks, they are not completely immune to such damage. You can repair minor cracks and chips at home with a cyanoacrylate adhesive -- a superglue. If a Silestone crack is severe or deep, though, it may require professional attention.

Step 1

Clean the area surrounding the crack thoroughly by spraying on an ammonia-based glass cleaner. Wipe the cleaner away with a soft cloth, such as microfiber. Clean the area again if it is excessively dirty. Allow the counter to dry completely, especially the area within the crack.

Step 2

Apply a thin line of a cyanoacrylate-based adhesive into the depth of the crack, using just enough to fill the hole until it is level with the surrounding area. If you're concerned about getting the glue on other areas of the countertop, apply strips of painter's tape to the area around the crack before applying the adhesive. Allow the adhesive to cure for at least 24 hours.

Step 3

Remove the painter's tape, if you used any. Hold a razor blade or utility knife at a slight angle to the countertop and carefully slide it over the repair to remove excess adhesive. Feel the repaired area, and if the glue is higher than the counterop, slide the blade over the area again, as needed, until the repair is flush with the surrounding area.

Step 4

Sand the repaired area gently with a very fine sandpaper to buff it. Wipe the dust away with a soft cloth. The repair should be almost invisible.

Warning

Work slowly when using a utility knife or razor blade; avoid forcing the tool to avoid slippage and potential injury.

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Kathy Adams is an award-winning writer. She is an avid DIYer that is equally at home repurposing random objects into new, useful creations as she is at supporting community gardening efforts and writing about healthy alternatives to household chemicals. She's written numerous DIY articles for paint and decor companies, as well as for Black + Decker, Hunker, SFGate, Landlordology and others.

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