How to Work With Corian in the Home Workshop

Corian, which is the brand name for a solid-surface composite countertop material, is being increasingly used in the kitchens and bathrooms of new homes.

An outdoor work area is the best place for tooling Corian.An outdoor work area is the best place for tooling Corian.
Corian has many positive aspects, including its durability and the fact that small damages are easily repaired simply by evenly sanding the material. Corian is also simple to work on and to clean. Best of all, many handy homeowners are discovering that Corian is quite easy to work with themselves, in their home workshops, without hiring an expert installer.

Open all of the doors and windows of your workshop if you cannot work outdoors. Corian creates a great deal of dust and small particles and is difficult to clean up when enclosed indoors.

Wear safety glasses. Cover your nose and mouth with a paper mask or respirator.

Use a router saw to make large cuts in the Corian. Make smaller and finishing cuts with a trim saw. Only use carbide-tipped blades and bits when cutting Corian.

Sand Corian similarly to very hard medium-density fiberboard. Use an orbital sander with a succession of finer-grit orbital sanding discs.

Buff the Corian using rubbing compound and an electronic buffer or a drill with a buffing attachment.

Things You Will Need

  • Corian kit
  • Safety glasses
  • Paper mask or respirator
  • Router saw
  • Trim saw
  • Carbide blades and tips for saws
  • Orbital sander
  • Variety of orbital sanding discs
  • Rubbing compound
  • Electronic buffer or drill with buffing attachment

About the Author

Jourdan Townsend has been writing since childhood. Her articles appear in a collection of student works at the University of Oklahoma as well as in the school's "Honors College Journal." Townsend also composes poetry, some of which can be found in an edition of the "Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans." Townsend holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication.