Fix Kitchen Counter Scratches Fast
If your kitchen countertop shows a history of dropped pots and pans and marks from sharp objects (like that knife you were too lazy to use a cutting board with), you’re likely looking for a quick fix. While you can fix kitchen counter scratches relatively easily, some counter solutions may require the help of a professional.
While granite is a pretty hearty material, it can still suffer from wear and tear with everyday use. Fix kitchen counter scratches by building up layers of epoxy resin that’s dyed to match the color of the stone. Clean the affected area with acetone, to break down any grease that may have built up in the scratches and nicks. Apply thin layers of resin, allowing each layer to dry before adding another. Note: be sure to keep a window (and/or door) open for ventilation.
Solid-surface counters are made from composites of resin, acrylic, and other materials. They’re built to withstand a lot of abuse but they’re not entirely resistant to scratches and stains. To fix kitchen counter scratches on solid-surface counters, rub a white polishing compound on the spot with a wool pad. Finish with a layer of countertop wax for a lustrous shine.
To fix kitchen counter scratches in laminate can be near impossible but it’s still possible. For deep scratches and nicks, fill the areas with laminate repair paste that matches the color of the countertop. For finer scratches, you can attempt to cover them up with countertop polish or car wax.
Hopefully you’ve planned ahead and stockpiled a few spare tiles to replace the damaged ones. If you don’t have extra tile, then you can attempt to wipe away scratches with a dab of white toothpaste on a clean cloth. For deeper scratches, work epoxy glue into the cracks with a toothpick. Once set, cover the glue with a matching oil-based artist paint (available from most local craft stores).
Unfortunately, you’ll likely never be able to entirely fix kitchen counter scratches in stainless steel. You can, however, buff them into a warm patina by rubbing the area with vegetable oil.