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Old 12-03-2014, 09:10 AM   #15
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Been making Corian countertops for 20 years. The repair, if done properly will be stronger that the original material. The countertop should be removed for proper perpetration, clamping and sanding. At which time the mounting surface can be inspected for high spots. After the repair is blended into the countertop, it needs to be re-polished. This sometimes means doing the whole countertop to get a consistent sheen. If the repair is not invisible, I would expect them to provide you with a new replacement countertop.
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Old 12-03-2014, 09:41 AM   #16
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Been making Corian countertops for 20 years. The repair, if done properly will be stronger that the original material. The countertop should be removed for proper perpetration, clamping and sanding. At which time the mounting surface can be inspected for high spots. After the repair is blended into the countertop, it needs to be re-polished. This sometimes means doing the whole countertop to get a consistent sheen. If the repair is not invisible, I would expect them to provide you with a new replacement countertop.
I have been using a Corian "polish periodically, and it helps for awhile, but is there a product to be used every few years to perform a deeper scratch removal polish?
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Old 12-03-2014, 11:05 AM   #17
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When I had a corian sink and countertop I was into keeping it like new. I used automotive rubbing compound, two different grades, followed by polish. If there were real scratches I used emery cloth, the grade depended on the scratch depth, but then rubbing compound and polish.
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:06 PM   #18
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Just a silly observation - everyone's taste is different - but I just don't why anyone really wants granite, quartz or marble countertops. And concrete? Uh, the aesthetic? Poo on the aesthetic - the stuff has to be resealed often or it becomes a bacteria haven. Drop a glass on any stone like surface and it'll explode not merely break. Formica surfaces will allow sturdier glassware to bounce, not break. Corian I understand - mainly because you can get a totally integrated sink, countertop and backsplash which means no moldy or leaky joints, and yes it CAN be repaired, but NO don't put a really hot pan down on it because it will melt.

Why has "fashion" made plain old Formica (and equivalent brands) so undesirable? New Formica is attractive, the surface is pretty durable and very inexpensive. After 5-10 years if it starts to look shabby - rip it out and redecorate without guilt or huge expense.

I'm just amazed that people will spend a year's college tuition for countertops - then when they put the house up for sale, lo and behold the prospective buyers will hate the counters and want a price allowance for the cost of brand new counters.

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Back on topic - looking at the picture of the crack, it almost looks like the corner has been pried away from the cabinet front. All the cabinets flex, but it could be that the sidewall of that cabinet is not properly anchored at all.
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Thanks, guys. I think we'll give them a chance to find / repair the cause and then repair the countertop. Then we'll see what it looks like. If the crack is invisible, as I expect it to be, then we'll be just fine with that vs. a new counter.
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Why has "fashion" made plain old Formica (and equivalent brands) so undesirable? New Formica is attractive, the surface is pretty durable and very inexpensive. After 5-10 years if it starts to look shabby - rip it out and redecorate without guilt or huge expense.

I'm just amazed that people will spend a year's college tuition for countertops - then when they put the house up for sale, lo and behold the prospective buyers will hate the counters and want a price allowance for the cost of brand new counters.
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I'm actually looking hard at the Formica 180FX with the bullnose IdealEdge for the new countertops in our coach. Should I start a new thread on it?
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I used Formica in my trailer, and ended up having about 20K in it anyway...

I used to really like fancy premium finishes, I am getting simpler tastes with age.


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Yup, different thread, please. Go for it.

Meanwhile, our Airstream is currently at the dealer awaiting the counter repair guy. I'll report back when they get the job done.

Oh, and Mr. Morgan, I can only dream about the beautiful hand-crafted interior I've seen in shots of your trailer while I fret and curse the Gods of Corian.
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Word from the dealer is that the end cabinet nearest the door was loose, which led to the crack in the counter. So, they've removed the counter, firmly fastened the cabinet in place, repaired the counter and put everything back together.

We'll see how it looks in a couple of weeks, as we are still waiting on a new front compartment door with dual latches, which AS is building for our trailer because the original leaks water, but that's a different thread.
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Finally picked up our TT today - we can't even see where the crack previously formed, so we're very happy.

As of now I'd say the Corian repair was a success. I'm actually happy about that, as it would have been a shame to toss our nearly new countertop into a dump somewhere instead of getting years more use out of it, which we now will hopefully be able to do.
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