*Perfect for first timers repairing a nick, chip or scratch in granite, tile, porcelain and more!*
Naturally you must be here because you asked yourself "How do I repair a chip in my granite countertop?" Hopefully this question led you to our website and now you've just purchased, or are thinking of purchasing one of our LCA™ Surface Repair Kits.
These tips and tricks below are based on the use of our LCA™ Clear Repair Kit, but if you've ordered a color kit, they'll still come in handy for you. These tips are great for marble and granite repairs, tile repairs, porcelain repairs, and more.
I'm going to go through the repair process step-by-step and give handy tips along the way. So open up your kit and get ready to begin. Check that you have everything that’s included in the kit (repair material, micro-tip, application tool, sand paper, LED light, polishing paste, directions and our new LED light stand). Be sure to read all the instructions in their entirety.
Clean the damaged area of any debris or residue, take the syringe of material and screw on your micro-tip.
*Tip #1- Make sure the applicator tip is all the way screwed on and secure. My first time using the product I was fixing a chip in granite and I made the mistake of just sitting the tip in place and as soon as I tried to eject the material for the tube, the tip moved and a mess ensued.*
Unsecured applicator tip vs. secured applicator tip.
Now your tip is screwed on tightly, nice and secure, and you're ready to apply the LCA™ material on to the desired area.
Tip #2 - Do not overfill. This is key. You only want to fill the damage to about 105%. Too much material will require excessive sanding. If you do happen to overfill, you can use the syringe to suck up some of the extra material, suction will occur if you pull the back piece of the syringe in slowly.
Once you've applied the perfect amount of material, like the instructions say, get your curing strip ready.
*Tip #3 - The curing strip works great and is an essential part of the process, but in case you misplace the curing strip or you need an additional strip for an edge repair, clear packing tape is a great substitute. Take a piece of tape, about 6 inches long and fold, or sandwich two pieces together, sticky side to sticky side and voila', you have a brand new curing strip*
Demo for creating curing strip out of packing tape.
After placing the curing strip into place, use the applicator tool to smooth the material flat and get ready to use the LED light to cure.
Our New LED Light Stand has completely upgraded this part of the process. Instead of holding the light in place over your damage, you can now set the light up and leave it to cure. No more standing and waiting, get on with the other little things you need to do and come back and check on it. Depending on the size of you repair this can take between 5 and 10 minutes, sometimes sooner. (We recommend repairing larger, deeper areas in sections/layers).
LED Light Stand Holder
*Tip #4 and #5 – If after 10 minutes you believe your product hasn’t fully cured (If it feels sticky to the touch) I have 2 tips for you. Tip one; try wiping the cured area with a little rubbing alcohol. Sometimes a sticky layer will occur and the rubbing alcohol will remove it right away. In the event that this does not work for you, more than likely you’ve received a faulty LED light. If that is the case, and this is the next tip, contact us! The LED light should glow bright blue when switched on. The blue light is a specific frequency of light and that's what cures the LCA™. Sometimes our LED lights can become distressed or compressed in transit, causing the battery to be drained. If this happens, we’d be happy to send you replacement LED lights at no extra cost.*
So you've applied the material, you've cured it with the light and removed the curing strip. Now it’s time to sand.
*Tip #6 - If you do need to sand, use a little water and gentle pressure, until little or no surface variation is felt. Sometimes it helps to flick the back of the sandpaper before starting to remove any trapped dust. If you feel like you used the perfect amount of material skip sanding and apply a little polishing paste. This will shine up the surrounding area and leave things looking nice and shiny.*
Once smooth, apply the Polishing Paste. Polishing Paste is the last step of the process and a nice dab is all that’s needed. Use enough paste to moisturize and shine. This step should take no more than 1 minute.
And you’re done!
You've successfully repaired your chipped, nicked, or cracked surface area, and even though the directions are straight forward, I like to think these tips and tricks will come in handy for first time users. Hopefully they’ve been helpful to you.
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