Whether you're remodeling or building a new home, one countertop material you might want to consider for your kitchen or bathroom is granite -- a natural stone that's incredibly hard and durable, and resists stains and heat. Even with its attractive qualities, no matter how careful you are accidents happen and the granite may chip. Fortunately, there's a do-it-yourself repair solution. You can avoid the expense of hiring a professional -- the money-saving repair takes just a few steps and the result is barely noticeable.
Remove all items near the chipped area. Wash down the granite using a clean rag and a mixture of mild liquid detergent and warm water. Do not use cleaners that are abrasive or contain bleach. Rinse off the countertop to thoroughly remove the detergent. Use a hair dryer -- set on low -- to blow the area completely dry.
Tear off strips of masking tape and create a frame around the chipped area. This helps to protect the surrounding granite and keep the repair material from spreading. Allow a 1/8-inch exposed space around the chipped area.
Use a wood craft stick to scoop out a small amount of epoxy resin and place it on a paper plate. Mix in small amounts of color pigment until the color closely matches the granite. Take another craft stick and mix in the hardener. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the correct epoxy resin-to-hardener ratio.
Scoop a small amount of the epoxy mixture from the plate using a clean craft stick. Fill in the chipped area, mounding it slightly higher than the surrounding surface. Hold a razor blade at a slight angle, and pull it across the surface to remove any excess epoxy.
Apply a strip of clear tape over the area and run the edge of a clean craft stick over the tape. This helps the epoxy settle into all parts of the chipped area and to stay level as it cures. Follow the manufacturer's curing time recommendations.
Remove the clear tape, but keep the masking tape in place. Sand the area with 200-grit sandpaper followed by 800- and then 2000-grit sandpaper. Remove the masking tape. Apply a small amount of granite polish to the area, and buff the granite with a clean, soft rag.