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Apr 1, 2007 08:16 PM

Corian or what else

I have been told that Corian dulls in traffic areas leaving an uneven finish over time, some shiny some dull. Anyone have any knowledge in this area?
Is granite all it is cracked up to be. Is this where I should be looking or is all this new Formica where I can get the best product at the best price.
I realize Formica doesn't handle heat like granite, but that aside Corian,Granite Or Formica, what are your thoughts.

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    1. re: cheesemonger

      Isn't Zinc soft, does it dent when something heavy is dropped on it or do counter appliances leave impressions? I love the idea. Are there varieties in the color?

      1. re: Tonto

        I'm considering zinc for some of the countertops in my kitchen. Old house in an historic district. Yes, it is soft and will dent. The color constantly changes which is the beauty of it or the thing others will hate - depends on your point of view. You can get it pre-aged or pristine and age it yourself with acids like lemon juice and tomato sauce. Sorta organic.
        It comes in sheets like Formica and works the same way with the same tools.

        1. re: MakingSense

          What MakingSense said is exactly what I like about it. Because it ages, and deforms and gets color variation. Of course, I don't cut on it, I use butcher blocks and plastic boards, but I love the "aged" look it gets.

          1. re: cheesemonger

            Thanks MakingSense and cheesemonger. I like the idea. I am in New Orleans, anyone know who works with zinc in NO. Is the cost comparable to granite?

            1. re: Tonto

              I talked to the people at the sheet zinc manufacturer and they told me that a good formica fabricator could do the job. Works the same way with basically the same tools. It should be less expensive than granite depending on how complex the countertop is.
              I fell in love with the look after seeing an antique zinc-topped table in an antique store on Magazine Street in New Orleans. The patina was fabulous. Zinc is often used by decorators for restaurants and bars because it's like a constantly changing work of art. Not for someone who can't deal with imperfection.

    2. If I were doing my kitchen again, I would get Silestone. Quartz is actually a better choice in terms of durability and color selection than granite...

      I also like corian, but I felt it was awfully expensive for what it was. The Silestone is more economical, as well.

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      1. re: ChefJune

        We just redid ourt and went wtih Silestone - it is great - easy to clean and durable

      2. The nice thing about Corian is that, after some time, you can sand it back to it's original luster. I had a coffee table made with a Corian top about 20 years ago and it's worked out really well for me. But were I to choose what to use in a kitchen, I would go with granite or zinc. Cost-wise, it's about the same. The biggest problem is keeping it clean. Granite holds a stain if it's not wiped up quickly. I have a marble top kitchen island and would never, ever go with that again. It's a huge pain in the ass to keep clean and stain free. Although for making bread and pasta, it's the tits.

        So all-in-all I think you need to decide what you're going to be using it for. For all-purpose I feel granite would work. If you're a baker or a pasta maker, marble - and if you have the means, make sure you can remove part of the marble to refrigerate for puff pastry, etc. For looks and durability, again, granite. For ease of use and long life, Corian.

        1. Granite & marble is not too forgiving. Drop a glass and get out the broom. Solid surface materials (Corian) will offer quite a bit of give. To pollish up the dull areas, use GREEN Scotch Brite pads. They make them to fit on orbital sanders and grinders to save on the elbow grease.
          Another option that is fairly new to the market is "RICHLITE" (
          )Dont freak out when you find out that its paper. The website will link you up to order samples. Get some and see if you can wreck it. I cant and I have power tools. Same as solid surface, a bitof fine abrasive will freshen it up in a hurry.
          Best of luck.

          1. I've had Corian and Granite and enjoyed both. I don't chop or dice anything directly on either -- I used lucite chopping boards for that. I do put hot coffee cups and wet glasses on granite and have never had a ring -- but I have the granite sealed. I don't recall if I could do that on Corian. Depending on the look that you want to achieve too. I think that granite is richer looking -- I love the granite yard where i can pick what I want! I'd say it's a matter of taste and price point. As to Formica, I have no experience so I can't comment there. Enjoy.