How to Repair Cracks in Solid-Surface Countertops
Solid-surface countertops are made from molded epoxy resin. They are designed to repel moisture and chemicals. Solid-surface countertops will last a lifetime with the proper care. Installing a solid-surface countertop places it at risk for a crack if it is not handled with the utmost care. A crack in the surface will give food and germs a place to hide, creating a hazardous condition in your kitchen. To repair your cracked solid-surface countertop, you'll have to fill the damaged area with epoxy to bind the two halves of the counter back together.
- Dip a clean, soft rag into a bucket of warm, soapy water. Wring out the rag and clean the crack inside and out. Dry the area with a clean rag.
- Read the directions on the two-part epoxy. Mix the epoxy base and its hardener as directed by the manufacturer.
- Dip the tip of the blade of a plastic 1-inch putty knife into the epoxy mixture and scoop out a 1/4-inch piece. Press the epoxy into the crack and repeat until the crack is filled.
- Scrape the blade of the putty knife along the length of the crack to remove any excess epoxy. Let the epoxy cure overnight.
- Dab enamel paint onto the hardened epoxy, using an artist's brush. Apply one color at a time, and let it dry completely before applying the next color. Add the colors you need to camouflage the repair so that it matches the rest of the countertop.
- Spray polyurethane onto the painted patch to seal it and complete the repair. Let the polyurethane dry completely before using your countertop.
Things You Will Need
- Soft, clean rags
- Bucket of wet, soapy water
- Two-part epoxy
- 1-inch plastic putty knife
- Enamel paint (assorted colors)
- Artist's paintbrush
- Spray polyurethane
- Rubber gloves
- Safety glasses
- Dust mask
- Solid-surface countertops are generally heat-resistant. However, sudden heat application from appliances such as hot plates or coffee pots should be avoided. Always use a cutting board under heated appliances to protect your solid-surface countertop.
- Rubber gloves, safety glasses and a dust mask are required when working with chemicals such as epoxy, paint and polyurethane.