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Process of Marble Countertop Refinishing

Marble refinishing is usually referring to process of modifying marble surface. The purpose of countertop refinishing can be a surface restoration, changing its appearance or both.

In case of restoration, a surface won’t change its initial finish. So if counter has shine finish and scratches, dull spots or whatever damages on its surface, all damages will be removed along with top layer of marble, and then restored to initial shine finish.

In case of changing appearance or changing finish, the top layer of marble will be modified to desirable result. It can be changed form shine/gloss to honed/matt finish or backward. There are a several possible finishes such as deep hone, medium hone, high hone, semi shine and shine.

Countertop Restoration

To perform a countertop restoration we are using a variable speed polisher, set of resin bonded diamond pads with progressive diamond grits.

The complete standard set contains various pads starting from 30 grits (most rough and aggressive) and ending with 5000 grits (finest grits). The diameter may vary from 3 to 7 inches. Depending of a material a different pad combination can be used.

For a marble countertop repair we use following pad combination 400 -> 600 -> 800 ->1000 grits and then buffing. If surface has deep scratches or stains we are starting with lower diamond grits, it can be 50-100-200 grits.

Buffing is another process in restoration and differs from diamond polishing. Buffing is utilizing chemical and mechanical actions on surface and intended to produce a glossy finish.

For buffing we use a buffing compound, it’s a balanced conglomeration of acidic chemicals and abrasive particles. Buffing is final step to produce desirable gloss.

Changing a Surface Finish

Changing finish or changing surface appearance is simpler process if it’s a new countertop or there are not damages to restore.

For turning shine into hone/matt finish can be used just one diamond pad with lower grid or honing powder. To hone can be used pad with 400 – 600 – 800 – 1000 grits.

For turning hone into shine finish a standard polishing process should be used.

Performing and Completing

One of important condition for proper marble refinishing is evenly, thorough-passing polishing for each diamond grid. To make sure there are not missed spots or deep scratches, after each step we are closely inspecting each part, only then we go to a next step.

Some part that cannot be reached by polisher such as corners, faucets, soap dispensers etc. we polish it manually as much as we can reach the space.

Edges refinishing usually is not included in the work by default, unless it specified by client. Typically edges are not required refinishing. More often a chipping may occur as it’s exposed to hitting heavy objects such as kitchenware or appliances.

If there are other damages, we are planning a work progression. Usually first we do chips, cracks repair and at the end we do caulking and sealing.

A sealing full cure time is 4-24 hours, so a counter should not be used during that time.


Before Refinishing After Refinishing
Before Polishing Polished Marble Top

Dull Countertop Restored Countertop
Dull Countertop Restoration Restored Countertop

Etched Spots Polished Top
Etches Before Removal Counter after polishing

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    Lynn W. Avatar
    Lynn W.
    5 star rating

    Eugene blew us away with how fantastic our bathroom turned out. We recently moved into an apartment and were disappointed by how poorly the marble stone was kept. A friend recommended Eugene, he was very responsive and professional. You can tell he takes pride in his work. He spent two full days polishing, cleaning, caulking and grouting the entire bathroom and it looks like new. Before he left we asked for a proposal for the kitchen! I highly recommend him and would use him for every stone job we have moving forward.
    He is simply the best.

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    Elle S.
    5 star rating

    The first, I was impressed with how fast they got back to me after asking for a quote. Eugene was professional, fast, and keep his promises. He communicates well and it was very easy to work with him, and I was very pleased. It is very important to me that people who I work with is professional and trustworthy. I can see a long-term relationship with them and am very happy to find them. By the way I found them by looking for an answer on Houzz for my question about my furniture.

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    Leonard K.
    5 star rating

    Eugene did right by us! Lowest estimate of several I received, but no corners cut. Very patient answering all my questions by email, super professional and respectful in my apartment, including thorough cleanup, and my counters look great!

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    Shaun S
    5 star rating

    Eugene was great. My contractor ruined our "travertine" floors. Our contractor used the wrong grout and my pale colored stone floors looked dirty. Eugene to the rescue! Eugene scrubbed, polished and regrouted the bathroom stone floor and it looks just the way it was meant to. Eugene told us that the stone was really limestone. He was quiet and went straight to work. I found him to be very respectful. He saw we had new flooring in the house and took off his shoes. Class act. We highly recommend Eugene. Now my family can finally move into our first home.

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    Allison M.
    5 star rating

    Eugene absolutely saved the day for us, and we are so grateful. With only 3 days left to move out of our BK apt, our movers cracked a priceless family heirloom marble dresser top. We were devastated! A friend of mine who does object restoration for museums gave me ABC's website, and Eugene spent a day communicating with me, and came, to our home (in a mask) the very next day and restored our marble on location and in our tight time frame. When he was finished, it was stunning, and we are beyond grateful to him. I hope I never need his services again, but I strongly recommend him to others. At the end, he even helped us correctly package the marble for our move so we didn't need to have the movers risk harming the marble again. We are so grateful to him!

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