How to Fix a Chip in Quartz Countertop
Quartz is easily one of the best materials to choose when looking for durable countertops. Manufacturers use a combination of stone and resin to give it its durability while also maintaining its elegance. As an engineered stone, they are built to last. They rarely scratch, crack, or even chip – highlight on the “rarely.”
But despite their strength and durability, they’re not indestructible.
One of the most heartbreaking moments for most homeowners comes when they find that their precious quartz countertop becomes chipped. When that happens, quartz countertop chip repair is your best option since replacing your countertop is too expensive.
As your partner in all things countertop, Pro Stone Countertops has come up with a guide to help you fix chips in quartz countertops. So there’s no need to panic. Just follow this guide so you can get your countertop back in pristine condition in no time.
What Causes Chips on Quartz Countertops?
The strength and durability of quartz countertops are its most redeeming features. However, no matter how hard and durable your quartz countertops may be, they are still susceptible to chipping. That is because no material on the planet is invulnerable.
Chipping typically occurs on kitchen countertops because they are placed in a part of the house that is the busiest. A number of factors can cause chips to appear on quartz countertops. These include bumping, setting heavy objects, dropping of kitchen materials and equipment, and someone sitting or standing on your kitchen countertop.
Don’t Forget Your Warranty
If you notice any chipping on your precious quartz countertop, don’t panic. The first that you should do is check for the extent of the damage. Are they noticeable from afar? Do you need to look at it up close before you can see it? Did something break off?
After you assess the extent of the damage, don’t go DIY just yet. Check if it’s still covered by warranty. Quartz countertops are usually covered by warranty for up to 10 years. Within that period, your manufacturer can do the repairs on your behalf free of charge. Locate your warranty card and see what type of damages your manufacturer will cover.
But if you want to do the repairs yourself, here’s how to fix a chip in quartz countertops.
How to Fix a Chip in Quartz Countertops
Can’t find your warranty card? Do you want to perform the repairs on your own but don’t know how? We’ve compiled a brief guide on quartz countertop chip repair. But before you proceed, you must prepare a few things.
What to Prepare
- Ammonia-based cleaner
- Masking tape (or duct tape)
- Clear superglue (for light countertops)
- Epoxy adhesive (pigmented, for dark countertops)
Steps in Fixing a Chip in Quartz Countertops
- Prepare your work area by cleaning your countertop. Wipe the surface of your countertop with a wet cloth to clean dust and other particles. Use an ammonia-based cleaner to clean the surface from any grease, oil, or other substances. Wipe it off with a dry cloth and let it air dry for a few minutes before you begin any repairs.
- Surround the chipped area with masking tape. The tape will act as a boundary for your working area. It prevents any stains from forming while also localizing the repairs to that specific area.
- For light-colored countertops, use superglue. This will maintain the beauty of your countertop even after the repairs. The consistency of the glue should depend on the location of the chip. Use superglue with a thin consistency when the chip is on the surface and a thick consistency when the chip is on the edge.
- Dark-colored countertops require a pigmented epoxy adhesive for the repairs. Keep in mind that the color pigment you choose should be appropriate for the color of your countertop surface.
- When applying the superglue/adhesive, use a small plastic spoon or a spatula. Apply the adhesives lightly on the chipped surface. Do so until the chip is sufficiently filled. Leave the area to dry for 24 hours, or at least overnight. Take note that the more adhesive you use, the longer it will take to cure.
- Once the adhesive has sufficiently dried, it’s time to sand off extra glue off the chip surface. For best results, use sandpaper with higher grit (finest sandpaper). This will help you smooth and level off the surface of the countertop.
Pro Tip: Instead of a small spatula, you can also use a razor blade to apply and level off the countertop surface after. This works better, especially for more minor chips that require much more precision. Just use gentle strokes and move sideways gently.
Accidents happen all the time, especially in the kitchen. Preparing a meal for numerous people can cause all sorts of mishaps, which leaves your kitchen countertops to feel the brunt of the damage. Knowing how to fix a chip in quartz countertops is perhaps the best skill you can acquire, so you don’t have to spend thousands on getting your countertop replaced.
Most chips at home are minor and will only require small fixes – something that you can easily perform DIY-style. However, some problems may be too hard for even the handiest of people. If you’re faced with a chip or a crack that’s too big, it’s time to call the professionals. It’s better to have them fixed professionally to restore it to their former glory without having them replaced.
In need of professional help? Call in the experts. Pro Stone Countertops is your go-to company when it comes to natural stone manufacture, fabrication, design, installation, and repair. For all your countertop needs, contact us through our form here or give us a call at (662) 214-5039. Our stone experts are always ready to serve you.