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#1 Spigola

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Posted April 01 2009 - 10:07 AM

OK, the wife got her granite counter top last year. Just what she wanted. "Oh, I love it" said she. Now she is not crazy about it as she feels it is constantly gritty to the touch.

I have to agree that it does seem a bit porous. It is not the most expensive granite and light in color and I understand that may be part of the reason for the porosity.

My question is, is their something available to shnooks like me that I can apply to the surface of the granite to fill in the pores and will give me a hard smooth surface. Doesn't faze me if I have to reapply every few months. I just have to stop the whining from the other half.

Hope someone has an answer.

Thanks in advance.


#2 DJ Jaws

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Posted April 01 2009 - 2:37 PM

There is a sealer that you can buy at Lowe's. You just spray it on and wipe to apply. Kinda like car wax.
Check with the manufacturer's recommendations on sealing. certain types of granite need to be sealed every 6 months or so, others never need it.

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#3 Bristol Lou

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Posted April 01 2009 - 3:51 PM

Granite sealer. Easy job just wipe it on let it dry and buff it off. I do it every year, probably time to do it again. I forget when I did it last

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Posted April 02 2009 - 7:03 AM

"Bullet Proof" by StoneTech seals all.

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Posted April 02 2009 - 7:46 AM

Granite sealer. Easy job just wipe it on let it dry and buff it off. I do it every year, probably time to do it again. I forget when I did it last

BL isn't alone on that memory thing ! I can't remember when we sealed the granite or the slate floors. Like he says...

If you go to Lowes or Despot, you can find sealers and everyday cleaner/polish sprays. IIRC, my wife like the tall plastic spray bottles that they had at HD. I do remember that the sealer was aboutn $30.00, the daily spray alot less.

Keeps our clean, no grit or the like.

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#6 DaveCap

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Posted April 05 2009 - 12:16 PM

Sealers will seal against absorption. That's it. It's consistency is not enough to fill pores if thats what you're looking to do. Other than having it wet polished, the characteristsics of the type of granite you chose are what they are.

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Posted April 05 2009 - 4:25 PM

I seal mine at the turn of every season. It's amazing how much better the countertop looks and repels water after it's been sealed. I'll give that Bullet Proof stuff a try.

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Posted April 14 2009 - 5:42 AM

Definitely use the sealer and Ive found that Windex is the best cleaner for granite. Gives you a much cleaner and shinier surface than a wipedown with a sponge and some water.

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Posted April 14 2009 - 8:05 AM

Do not understand why your top feels gritty or why it seels porous.

Granite surfaces are somewhat porous and will absorb water - even absolute black which is very smooth and used for monuments - if not sealed. That is all a sealer does. But granite should not feel porous to the touch.

My doughter's granite tops are beautiful and have many fissures which add to the beauty. The fabricator filled these fissures with what appears to be an epoxy so that no food or liduid can get in. No grit issues. No porosity issues

I havs absolute black granite which is totally smooth. No grit issue here, but no surprise.