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Posted on Jul 20, 2012 7:06:20 PM PDT
Joe Rhodes says:
The advantage of wax is its easy to apply. The disadvantage of wax is you need to apply it relatively often. Its protection is also limited. You can't let anything stand on it or it will go through. Wax does slow penetration down, however. Btw, furniture polish is NOT a wax.

Good luck Terd, I hope your happy with it. If not, you have the advantage you are basically dealing with a rock. There is a limit to what can go wrong without being fixable. :)

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 10:51:46 AM PDT
jeannie16 says:
So glad I didn't get granite countertops -

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2012 12:27:18 PM PDT
Sgt. John says:
Cole,
I have worked in the granite industry for over 26 years and I cant say I have or ever used any sort of granite wax. When we have manufactured grante counter tops and Polished Monuments the process has nothing to do with wax. As a suggestion you may want to go to your local hardwear store and buy yourself a small container of water seal for stone,brick,etc.....granite even with a polish surface it still is pourous. Each granite color as well as its origin has a tighter grain then some. I live here in Vermont in the Barre City Area were there is nothing but Granite sheds and qurries around. We produce almost all Barre Gray stone works. Getting back, try this sealer in an area not to be seen but yet has the same polish surface and see how that does. Hell give me a call if you want. (802) 318-6993. I will do my best to help you out with this problam. Take care,
Sgt. John McGrath

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 1:43:19 PM PDT
Bad Grandpa says:
Thanks John, I will give the sealer a try.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2012 12:35:12 PM PDT
judb says:
Just to add another thought to the mix.
We had granite counter tops made a couple of years ago and the fabricator recommended a product called "Hi Gloss Stone Countertop Cleaener-Polish-Protectant" by Somaca. It's sold here on Amazon. The info on the can says it's "was free". I just bought three more cans yesterday. This stuff leaves the countertop as smooth as glass and it has a nice lemony scent. He recommended we do an application about once a year. Really good stuff!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2012 1:19:27 PM PDT
Bad Grandpa says:
Thanks judb, I was just about to try something else because although the Turtle Wax worked great, it was very temporary and would need to be applied daily.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 3:26:05 AM PST
C. Sabolich says:
I was on a home show where they sealed the granite with mineral oil and recommended it once a year. Mineral oil is cheap, and when you have a surface where your food is prepped on or near it, it is good to have something that is safe for humans.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 3:36:45 AM PST
Bad Grandpa says:
I will try that next.
Everything else has left a hazy, sort of waxy film.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 4:09:08 AM PST
judb says:
Hi,

The shop where we bought our granite counter tops suggested we use a product from Somaca called "Hi-Gloss Stone countertop cleaner-polish-protectant". We are very happy with it as it leaves the countertop with a very smooth, shiny surface and has a nice fresh scent. They recommended using it about twice a year.

J Brouse

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 4:17:24 AM PST
We have granite that sheds and is very pitted. It's always been this way from the start. After many discussions with every person I could find who would know something about why this is, we finally decided it never was resined in the first place and that is why it is so rough on the surface. The place that supplied it went out of business and the fabricator accepts no responsibility since I picked it out myself. However, I did make sure that it was someone they bought from before going over there to purchase and I paid the fabricator not the supplier and the fabricator went to the supplier to pick it up. They did offer to give me a discount to redo the entire kitchen but it would still be several thousand dollars, I am sick about it.

I have used every kind of polish, sealer and was thinking that maybe a wax would fill in the pits. What I wanted was a finish that was smooth as glass and almost like it was under glass just like in the showroom. What I have is a pitted up surface that sheds like little pepper grains and snags the dishcloth when you wipe it down. It's a light colored stone with a lot of mica and I am sure other minerals that I don't know the name of. It's very pretty but I can't stand the feel of it. I am going to try everything on this message board. Then if that doesn't work I am just going to have to save up and have it taken out. I am concerned about bacteria harboring in the pitted surface. Probably silly but I can't think of another solution except to start all over. I'm pretty sick about it, it was a splurge for a milestone wedding anniversary to ourselves. I am concerned if we were to have it replaced it might happen again. I don't care for Corian or Quartz and it is even more expensive nowadays than granite in our area. Any suggestions on where to start?

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 6:03:49 AM PST
Bad Grandpa says:
I'm no expert by any means, but I do contracting work on housing projects that all have granite in their homes and I have never seen or heard of anything like that before. Every counter granite top I have seen has been smooth as glass. I can tell you this, none of the waxing tips I have tried will solve your problem. If I was you I would call a professional granite polishing company for an expert opinion, but I am going to predict that they won't be able to fix it while it's installed. I can't believe your installer didn't tell you about the problem before he installed it, since he spent many hours cutting and polishing and there was probably flakes flying all over his shop. If I was in your shoes I would have to replace it because it would drive me crazy everytime I looked at it for the rest of my life. You have my sympathy and I wish you the best.

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 6:16:01 AM PST
Thank you for the kind words. Yes, I am thinking replacing it is the only solution. I'm very disappointed in the fabricator and am not looking forward to paying for it twice. I did talk to them but it did nothing except they offered a discount on replacing it but it would still be about $4600-$5000 even with a discount. That's a lot of money for us especially when we already spent nearly that much the first time. Sort of heartbreaking but all things considered, I guess it could be worse, it's just that I am hesitant to use the same fabricator because I don't know for sure if it will be as smooth as the glass you and I both know is possible.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2013 10:15:43 AM PST
Bad Grandpa says:
Personally, I would not even consider using the same fabricator that botched your job in the first place. I would visit a reputable granite show room and ask for a short list of dependable installers that have received positive feedback from the showroom's customers.

Your granite problem got me wondering, so I did a search and found out that Windex, ammonia and vinegar, among other things will damage granite. I also didn't know that granite is resined at the quarry and that some quarrys apply it at the wrong time to save money. If I where you I would call a granite polishing professional to look at it and tell you what the options are before you rip it out. Maybe there is a cheaper alternative.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 6:48:11 AM PDT
Thank you so much. We have had another company come out and spoken with two other professionals about it. We even took the island off and had it repolished and it didn't do a thing. We learned from all of this that it either was not resined at the quarry, or it was a slab that had been outside which it was but for a very long time and has UV damage to the resin. We inquired about having it honed and they told us they could take the island and try to hone it but it may still do the same thing if it's just not an A-grade stone (but sold as such) and also because of the brackets that hold it in place when honing, it would be hard for it to hone all the way out to the edges. They would hone normally before the stone is cut so that wouldn't make any difference at initial fabrication but after the fact it would not be the easiest thing to do. The cost for honing the island as a first test would be around $250 and we don't even know if it would work. If it did seem to be ok then they would have to hone the rest on site and it would be a mess and maybe cause more damage to other elements in the kitchen and would be at significant cost. Granite dust is very harmful to breath and while I am sure every would be made to reduce the impact, it would get into the ducts and everything else in the house and even make the drawer glides rough to operate and would require a massive effort to protect all of the drawer glides and we also have pullouts inside of the cabinets to protect too. I feel dismayed to think of it. My mother had granite installed and they did some drilling on site and it got on her drawer glides and they crunch when rolling in and out now. I think it's gotten better but it was perfect before and now just annoying. So I worry about that happening, too.

We have researched and were very careful never to use anything on it except what was recommended and products specifically recommended for granite. It was at it's worst the first day of installation and has not gotten worse. I read about how to help it and spent hours going over the surface with gentle circular motion with steel wool which is recommended to help with cleaning off residue from fabrication, which is what we were thinking at first, that helped a lot but to this day, it still feels powdery or gritty to touch and snags a dish cloth when wiping making a scratching sound. It sheds little peppery tiny black grains of the stone. It's an off white stone with swirls of gray, taupe, black and variations of those colors. very pretty. Not a common stone.

But anyway, I thought that maybe since they do polish or wax the edges sometimes and the ogee edge on this stone feels pretty nice that putting wax on the rest of it may have been the solution but it doesn't sound like it. The CNC machine is probably what made that part so smooth. I may still try the Turtle wax suggestion just to satisfy my curiosity. Thanks again!

Posted on May 23, 2013 10:07:17 AM PDT
L. Kirk says:
So the consensus is that waxing with a pure carnauba wax is not harmful to the stone and may impart a nice shine, albeit temporary? I am not interested in any of the sealers; most contain fluoropolymers (e.g. Teflon) that I personally do not believe to be a safe product and try to avoid any use of or contact with. That's just me, if you like it, that's your choice.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 9:30:17 PM PDT
I did use a wax on the granite and it looked really shiny for a couple of days but didn't do much of anything else. It does seem to bead up water etc much better than the parts I didn't wax and it did not appear to alter the appearance or hurt the stone in any way. I wanted to thank everyone again for their helpful replies when I was asking about the rough, pitted granite that I still do have! Still contemplating what to do. I would say the wax did help though marginally for the problem that I have, it may be just what you are looking for concerning your needs. It made it a bit more shiny and soft feeling temporarily.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2013 5:25:51 AM PDT
Bad Grandpa says:
If you ever solve the problem, please let us know the details.
Best of luck.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2013 7:04:58 AM PDT
Thanks! I will.
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