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Old 02-18-2011, 09:51 AM   #1
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Scratch in solid surface counter top

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We've got an '06 Journey with a scratch in the counter top. The scratch is deep enough that I can feel it and is about 4"-5'" long. I was told that it can be removed with 400 grit sand paper. That seems to be a crude way to cure the problem and may cause the repaired area to look and feel different from the rest of the surface. Is there a creme based product that has a fine abrasive in it that is specifically designed to perform this repair?

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Old 02-18-2011, 12:23 PM   #2
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You might start with a 400 grit and work your way to a finer one and finish up with some sort of auto compound. Take it to a counter top shop and they can do it if you don't feel competent to do it yourself.

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Old 02-18-2011, 12:31 PM   #3
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If that scratch were in my Corian counter top, I would start with a 2000 grit wet automotive finish sandpaper, mask the adjacent area, and beginning lightly sanding to see what the removal result would be.

If I needed to be more aggressive, I would drop down to a 1500 grit wet sandpaper (and maybe successively down to as low as 800 grit).

Once the scratch were removed, I would reverse the wet sanding process and final polish by buffing some DuPont #7 polish on the area, remove the masking and polish the entire area. Each sanding application would be in a different direction from the previous just like on Clearcoat.

I would use nearly zero pressure on the sandpaper applications except for the weight of the block sander.

I have used parts of the process described above on our Corian, but am no expert.
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:34 PM   #4
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Whats is the countertop made of Corian?
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:36 PM   #5
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First, since it is a Winnebago, I would call Winnebago. They can tell you who to call or how to fix the scratch.
If the scratch cannot be removed with sanding, you can repair it with a kit from Winnebago.
When you are finished with the repair, the area of the scratch should not be visible or be able to be felt when you run your hand over the area.
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Old 02-18-2011, 05:41 PM   #6
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I started with ajax, lightly going over it several times till the scratch faded then finished with soft scrub to buff the area, again several times. Worked great!
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Old 02-18-2011, 05:45 PM   #7
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<LI id=jsArticleStep1 itxtvisited="1">Pour 1 tsp. of a mild abrasive cleaner onto a damp cloth. Rub the cloth over the scratches on the Corian countertop using small rotating motions. Start at the end of one scratch working towards the other end. Repeat the process over all the scratches to remove dirt and soap film.
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Wet a cloth and rinse the area clean. Wipe all soap residue from the countertop. Allow the countertop to remain wet.
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Rub each scratch gently with a scrubbing pad, rubbing in one direction only. Apply light pressure to the pad and examine the scratch after two to three wipes. Repeat the process on all scratch marks, removing the imperfections on the countertop.
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Wipe the countertop with a damp cloth and dry with a soft cloth after removing all scratches.

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Old 02-18-2011, 06:03 PM   #8
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The countertop may be a product called Vendura, If thats it there is a website with contact #'s they are very helpful for a few $ they will send you a kit to repair scratches with instructions
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this topic was covered by Winnebago in their service tips

==> Solid Surface Counter Top Care
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This is a quote from "E-How" on repairing Corian stratches -- maybe this will help :

"Fine Scratches

Squeeze out a mild abrasive liquid cleanser onto a damp sponge.
Rub in a circular motion over the scratched area (this also helps with blotchiness). Change direction to front to back and then side to side.
Rinse area with water and wipe completely dry. If the scratch is still visible, repeat above steps or proceed to next section.
Cuts and Scratches on Matte/Satin or Semi-Gloss Finish

Wash the area where the scratch is located and let completely dry.
Sand surface gently with 180 or 220 grit fine sandpaper for matte/satin finish and 400 grit for semi-gloss finish. Move in straight lines following the direction of the scratch then change direction ninety degrees and rub in a straight line. Don't press down too hard or you could deepen the scratch. Increase your rubbing area in order to blend the affected surface with the rest of the countertop.
Wipe surface with a dry rag. Use a non-abrasive liquid cleanser and a green Scotch-Brite pad to restore finish.
Cuts and Scratches on High-Gloss Finish

Purchase or borrow a low-speed polisher with a wool pad. 1500 to 2000 rpm is appropriate for this project. White polishing compound will also be needed.
Wash the area where the scratch is located and let completely dry.
Sand surface gently with 400 grit sandpaper. Move in straight lines following the direction of the scratch then change direction ninety degrees and rub in a straight line. Don't press down too hard or you could deepen the scratch. Increase your rubbing area in order to blend the affected surface with the rest of the countertop.
Wipe surface with a dry rag and move on to 600 grit sandpaper. Once again, move in straight lines, widening your rubbing area to help blend surfaces.
Wipe surface with a dry rag. Buff area with low-speed polisher between 1500 to 2000 RPM and white polishing compound. Wipe down and restore finish with a countertop wax."


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