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Old 07-04-2011, 01:48 PM   #1
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scratches on Corian counter top?

I have been wet sanding the counter top with 400 grit and my arm aches and I still got scratches. I also buffed with a buffer and some heavy duty rubbing compound . It shines but still got some scratches. What do you do?
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red and then green scothbrite pads work ok
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:54 PM   #3
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It shines but still got some scratches. What do you do?
Leave the scratches.

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Old 07-04-2011, 05:02 PM   #4
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You just haven't sanded deep enough yet to get rid of the scratches. You can keep working with the 400 grit but dropping down to something like 150 or 200 will be faster. Just be careful since the coarser grits will remove material faster and can leave a cupped surface. Once the scratches are gone, wash the countertop thoroughly to get rid of all traces of grit to avoid adding new scratches. Move to a finer grit and repeat. When the surface starts to look satiny, switch to polishing compound and buff to bring back the gloss.
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I found this link one day.It might prove helpful.
The last time I visited was 2 years ago so it my be gone,but one never knows.

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I would stay with the 400 grit to remove the scratches but use a synthetic pad on a random orbital sander, i.e. power sand rather than had sand. Then move up in grit until you get to 2000 (Semi-gloss) or 4000 (high gloss).

If you drop down to 220 or 320 grit to speed the process, be very careful not to add more scratches or low spots.
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:53 PM   #7
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Been working on this some. I found out the 320 made more scratches. I am now using 1500 and sanding by hand. I then used some rubbing compound with a buffer. This looks good but got some swirls. Today I got some scratch remover at Wall Mart suppose to take out the swirls. Going to work on it tomorrow.
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I hate to bearer of bad news, I have sanded ours on two occasions and small scratches reappear.

I won't do it again.

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PUt some furniture polish on the counter--- dim the lights--no problem. First time you use these counters they will get scratched again----I gave up.
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Diandtom:

Went to Home Depot and in their cabinet department, purchased a corian counter top cleaner and a separate corian counter top polish. Easy to use, really cleans well and then it's very easy to polish. Works well. Sure a lot easier than sanding and buffing. Best of luck.

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I call Corian today as not been working. The lady said get Soft Scrub without the bleach. I got it and been working on just one corner and so far no good. I am now thining about forgetting about it. All I been working on is one sink cover.
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What has been causing the scratches ---a lion?

You have my support and sympathy-----I gave up, evidently for good reason and just in time, before I went crazy.

I think I would go with CharlesG--suggestion, give it a once over and some polish---and like I say dim the lights---make a drink---sit down and watch some TV, take a break; you earned it.
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hi di & tom

have you tried magic counter?
I checked with the folks at Corian and it is an 'approved' cleaner
we find it works for our counter tops

Good Luck!
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I went to the auto paint store and picked up half sheets of wet and dry sandpaper in 1500, 2000 and 2500 grit. The bigger the number the finer the sandpaper and the shinier the out come. To polish use lots of water and keep it cleaned up - you don't want grit from the counter to interfere in the polishing since it will scratch the surface. Do not sand going in circles unless of course you like swirl marks. Use a back and forth motion for the best out come and don't press down hard when sanding. Do small areas and limit the area you do at a time to not more than a square foot.

I did our kitchen counters and took them from satin to high gloss (my DW could use the surface to put makeup on - not that she needs it!). And the best part is the counters seem to be harder to scratch!
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