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Unread 07-04-2021, 12:08 PM   #1
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Granite counter top polishing

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I was trying to polish out an area on my granite counter top that was installed 9+ years back. I used dry discs and now am left with a blurred in appearance area where I was polishing. I believe it is the sealer making a smudge. If so, question is how to remove the sealer and what is the best way to polish the granite once i have removed the sealer, wet or dry discs and what grit to begin with?

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Unread 07-04-2021, 01:03 PM   #2
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Hi, Johnny.

I doubt there’s much sealer left on your countertops after 9 years of use. But using a high alkaline cleaner is generally able to degrade the sealer.

Are you trying to remove some surface scratching/scuffing? I will say that trying to match a high factory polish on granite is very difficult with wet pads and a portable polisher, and IMHO, totally impossible with dry pads.

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I am no granite guy but I have polished a few times. I found this very useful when trying to learn

https://youtu.be/LYrDTIGjZ_s
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It’s not the sealer, you just didn’t hit the mark as you moved up in grit. What color is the stone? The stone in the video linked would be considered a easy material to get to pop , although Cameron has the experience to make it look simple. Some are not as forgiving and generally this is not considered a DIY process.

Keep in mind the more you cut and polish you will start making the top appear wavy in appearance.
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Unread 07-04-2021, 04:13 PM   #5
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The stone is Verde butterfly and I started in the back of the sink, less traffic and low visibility. There were a couple of spots in the front edge where the fabricators had not polished properly. I was trying my pads and polisher out before I moved to the front more noticeable area.
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What pads and grits do you have?

Dark stones are not forgiving, if you don’t overlap and spend enough time with each grit it will show. If you can’t get the area behind the sink right keep in mind that a better lit area will be more noticeable. Especially as you look across with light.
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I have dry pads ranging from 50 grit to 6000 grit. I don't know the brand, but I think the whole set costs somewhere in the seventy dollar range.
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Those aren’t going to get the job done. They are made for edge touch ups and small run edges. I wouldn’t expect to run those on the countertop and get good results. You need to buy some wet turbos like in the video above. To be clear this isn’t as simple as sanding a piece of wood. Quite easy to end up redoing it because you didn’t spend enough time per grit or overlap correctly.
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