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Corian - can I make this shiney

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Donna52479 Dec 7, 2007 09:45 AM

What can I put on my Corian counter top to add a little shine - I think it is very dull looking?

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    essellar Dec 9, 2007 05:06 AM

    It's not so much a matter of putting something ON the Corian, but of finishing the surface itself. Corian is finished by sanding and polishing, and for countertops it is usually left with a moderately matte finish to keep accidents (scratches and marring) from showing up.

    If you feel up to the challenge of maintaining a glossy surface that WILL scratch up eventually, you can sand the surface smooth. That means wet sanding (making sure there's a good puddle of water to work in) and using VERY fine grits of sandpaper: 320, 400, 800, 1200 and 2000-grit, then following up with a polishing compound (an auto supply store should be able to provide that; just make sure you get a polishing compound and not just a wax, since one has a very fine abrasive in it and the other is, well, just wax).

    1. KaimukiMan Dec 8, 2007 03:22 PM

      Solid surface materials (ie corian) can be given a fairly glossy finish, but generally a matte finish is prefered as is it is much easier to maintain. Corian and the rest of the family of solid surface producst are not as hard as granite or marble, it scratches and scuffs much more easily, and a matte surface hides those areas much better. While I would not recommend it, you could call a couple of installers in your area and ask what they would charge to give you a glossier finish.

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        foodwich Dec 7, 2007 01:06 PM

        i have used method brand countertop sprays, mrs meyer's countertop sprays from time to time. it shines it up temporarily. i dont know if its possible to get a permanent shine on it since its mainly a matte surface.

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          hollerhither Dec 7, 2007 10:39 AM

          I was looking at Corian for new counter -- sorry not to have an answer to this question, but how are you liking it otherwise?

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            Donna52479 Aug 21, 2008 05:16 PM

            I love the corian countertop and the sink. It is a continuous piece. The countertop is a dark granite color and the sink is a vanilla color. Never stains and is so easy to take care of. I am happy that I did not get the granite. It would be nice to have more shine but that is ok.

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