If you’ve found a chip in your granite countertop, chances are your heart sank a little. Clogged toilets, squeaky floorboards, these we all know how to fix. But a chipped stone? If conditions are right, you might be able to do the granite countertop repair yourself. But be careful not to take on too much.
However, if your chip is small—something you might be able to live with without repairing—we have good news for you. You can quickly and easily repair it for as little at $5. The trick? Super glue.
Follow the eight steps below:
1. Clean the Area
Using acetone or nail polish remover, make sure the area around the chip is clean so the glue will stick.
2. Darken the Stone
If you noticed the area in the chip is lighter than your countertops, you can always darken it with a similar colored Sharpie. Just remember that this is permanent, and it’s usually not necessary for lighter stone.
3. Tape It Off
Tape off the area surrounding the chip.
Apply enough super glue to fill the chip and until it’s flush with the surface of the tape.
5. Let It Cure
Before you do anything else, let the glue cure. The time it takes will depend on how deep the chip is, the humidity of your home, etc. Let it sit at least a few hours.
6. Remove the Tape
Remove the tape you previously applied to the area surrounding the chip.
7. Remove Excess
Carefully using a razor, remove the excess glue. Use the countertop as a template and shave it off with back and forth motions. It should only take a few minutes and barely be noticeable when you’re done.
8. Adjust Sheen
If the sheen of the glue doesn’t quite match your stone, you can use a fine grit sandpaper (#320 or higher – sandpaper made for the automotive paint industry works best) to get the sheen you want. If it still needs a little bit more, you can use a buffing compound to bring out the shine.
Unfortunately, if the crack is a large one, you probably will have to call a professional for your granite countertop repair. They run on average $300 to repair and will use epoxies and color tones to match your stone. Professionals do a great job and it’s worth the cost.