Polishing scratches out of marble
Actually, they’re more like gouges.
A mirror company that I did not hire glued a mirror on the wall above a vanity that I did not build or install. Somehow the glue failed and the mirror fell, gouging a marble top that I had nothing to do with. The edges of the glass (it didn’t break) made some fairly significant marks on the marble top. I want to say this is Alaskan grey marble but I’m not sure… but it’s definitely soft.
I have limited experience with how stone is fixed, but I have seen one situation where epoxy and stone powder were mixed to make a filler, and then the area was polished flat. That was granite, and it worked well.
The marble has a lot more personality than typical granite, with varying colors and veins. A patch would have to be really well done to blend in. Polishing these marks out seems like a no-go because of their depth–you’d have to hit the entire top and remove maybe 1/64″ or more, or you’d just have divots where the marks were.
Anyone know anything about this? The owner is a customer of mine and I said I’d look into it, since the others have apparently abandoned ship.
#1 This is a job for a stone guy
#2 All Marble is soft and easy to scratch and mess up. It was once limestone that has been aged, hardened and coloured by Mother nature.
#3 All marble has a lot of flaws in it thanks to Mother nature. ( just like wood) Those flaws get fiwed with epoxy before it ever gets seen by retail customers. This is one that will just have to get fixed in front of them, unless it can be removed to the shop, which would be my choice. This will be messy to do in place. And the good tooling is at the stone shop.
But disclaim any liability if you get elected to be the one to remove it from site and re-install it. You could get held liable for a big expense over a couple hours of work.
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