What to Do If You Get a Chip in Your Granite Countertop

A chip in your granite countertop can be a major inconvenience. It not only looks unsightly, but it can also compromise the structural integrity of your countertop. The good news is that you don’t have to replace your entire countertop if you get a chip. This guide will walk you through how to fix a chip in granite countertops, step-by-step.

Can You Fix a Chip in Granite Countertops?

Yes, you can fix a chip in granite countertops! But it’s important to note that not all chips can be fixed. If the chip is so big that it is causing stress fractures or cracks then you may need to replace the entire slab.

Not sure if your chip is repairable? Don’t worry. That’s where Prestige Grout, Marble & Granite Restoration specialists come in! Our experienced technicians can assess the damage and determine if your granite countertop needs to be replaced or repaired.

What causes chips in granite countertops?

Granite is a strong and durable material, but it isn’t impervious to damage. Common causes of chips in granite countertops include:

  • Dropping heavy objects on the surface
  • Moisture issues that cause spalling
  • Rusted rods that cause cracks
  • Incorrect installation techniques

How do You Fix a Chip in Granite Countertops?

If the chip is small enough that it can be repaired, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Clean the countertop surface.

Taking the time to properly clean the countertop surface will help ensure a successful repair. Use a countertop cleaner, acetone, or nail polish remover to remove any dirt, dust, or debris from the area surrounding the chip. If you don’t have any of these, mild detergent and water will work. Make sure the surface is dry before you continue.

  1. Apply color-matched gel epoxy or resin filler to the area.

Once the surface is clean and dry, you’ll need to fill the chip with a color-matched gel epoxy or resin filler. You can find this product at some hardware stores or home improvement centers. Make sure you find one that matches the color of your granite countertop. You can use multiple colors to achieve a speckled design. Translucent or clear epoxy or resin can also work if the chip is small enough.

  1. Apply a hardening spray or paste and smooth the filler.

Once you’ve applied the filler, spray or apply a hardening agent over it. This will help the epoxy or resin to set faster and make it easier to smooth out. Now you can wipe away any excess filler and smooth it until it’s flush with the surrounding surface.

  1. Let the epoxy or resin dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Allow the epoxy or resin to dry for as long as the manufacturer recommends. This will typically take anywhere from several minutes to several hours. When it is completely dry, you can sand the area to make it flat or buff out the area to polish it, if necessary. You can also apply a sealant to help protect the countertop from future damage.

Get help from the experts at Prestige Grout, Marble & Granite Restoration 

No one likes when their granite countertops get chipped, but it does happen. If you find yourself with a chip in your granite countertop, don’t worry – Prestige Grout, Marble, and Granite Restoration specialists can help!

Whether you’re not comfortable tackling the project on your own or you suspect the damage might be too severe for a DIY repair, one of our experienced technicians can assess the damage and provide you with expert advice on how best to proceed. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment!