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Unread 04-13-2021, 06:19 AM   #1
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Vein or Crack

Hello. New to the board. I was hoping that someone could help me with a question that I have. We currently have this countertop (attached pictures). Is it a crack or a vein? My fingernail does not catch it. You can only see it from one angle. Also if you get closer to inspect it, it is not a continuous line, it has some breaks in the line and is more dotted.



Also to add, I was able to find the video on youtube and this is the exact same line that my countertop has with the exact same stone color. Can someone please explain or help me understand? It will not let me attach youtube link. But on youtube if you search " Moon white Granite II Granite Slabs Inspection" that is the video.



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Unread 04-13-2021, 09:02 AM   #2
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crack. does your fingernail catch it?
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Unread 04-13-2021, 10:20 AM   #3
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Did you just buy it?

Looks like a crack to me that has has been resined to keep it together..

I have read they are doing that with a lot of granite slabs that would otherwise not be salable because they are too fragile ...

IMO this one they should have given up on as that is too visible!

BTW If it was resined you would not necessarily feel a crack.

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Unread 04-13-2021, 10:55 AM   #4
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"They" may tell you it is a fissure. Fissures can happen and are a natural occurrence. BUT, this type of granite would NOT have a fissure that looks like that.

I think that video was your slab! At any rate, who is to say that video is not of a repaired slab?? I do not speak "whatever" they are speaking.
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Thank you. It is in a new home. Builder is refusing and saying that it is not a crack. Cannot feel it. Thank you so much for the responses. The video is from 2019. All of your responses help me.
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Unread 04-13-2021, 06:14 PM   #6
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I lit up your link to YouTube in the first post.

The pics aren't clear enough for me to say definitively, but I do see the specks that make it appear as though it is a micro fissure that's been filled with clear epoxy. There are a fair amount of slabs that are repaired before and during fabrication. But they are more typically stones that naturally have more fissures. While folks might not like to think their slab was once cracked, it's a reality. But most fabricators would not let such a visible line pass inspection on an otherwise consistent pattern. That's too obvious for me. The fabricators I know and use would make a correction to something like this.

To investigate further:
What does the underside of the slab look like directly at this line? Take a look. Slabs are rough and unpolished 99.99% of time. If this was a through crack, there may be some sign of adhesive oozing from the crack. The adhesive will show up darker than the chalky, muted color of the unpolished slab. If the surface was roughed up to hide the dark/obvious adhesive, the surface may be noticeable by it not being homogenous in texture.

...though, if that's only 2cm thick, there may be mesh and epoxy covering the bottom.
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Thank you! Looking at the underside, (the parts I can see along the line) looks the same all around. I am going to try to keep pushing the issue with the builder.

Also, since I have no knowledge on this..If I have to be stuck with this, is there a way to make it less noticeable, repair it, or cover it up? Just trying to explore all of my options.
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With that info, it seems like this is a natural micro-fissure that's been filled with epoxy. Fabricators get creative every single day as they work to cut out/eliminate undesirable parts of slabs. They go so far as to use a photo of the slab and a computer to lay out exactly what is included and excluded from the finished product. This is pretty standard in any modern shop.

My 2 cents is to argue that while epoxied micro-fissures in slabs may be fine in many cases, this is too uniform/homogeneous of a pattern to allow for such a feature that looks like an obvious mistake.
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