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Thread: Corian counter cracked - new pix

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA

    Corian counter cracked - new pix

    Not sure this is the best place for this, but....

    I discovered that a cutting board VELCROED! to the counter top concealed a mess of cracks, all gunked with kitchen gunk in my new to me 14 year old motorhome. Seems the seller was less than forthcoming about issues. Some folks have honesty and integrity issues.

    This mess has to be repaired. I don't need that bacteria infested mess in my new digs!

    So, question. Money is in tight supply for a while. Can this be cleaned and repaired in some way? I think I can get the cracks sufficiently clean. The Mad Scientist is coming today! She has so many tricks up her sleeves, it is a wonder her hands stick out!

    Is there something I can seal the cracks in the Corian with and then sand/buff it all out?
    Last edited by Carol Reed; 11-20-2012 at 04:54 PM.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Contoocook, NH
    Clean with bleach? I think I'd fill it in with epoxy then put the cutting board back....
    Hopefully others will have better suggestions.
    Richard "Butch" Leshner

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    After a thorough cleaning and degreasing, you might be able to use the same epoxy that Corian installers use for seaming it. Hopefully, you could work the epoxy into the cracks and crevices, then sand and polish it after it cures.

    Assuming it's 'real' Corian, the installers are all specially licensed (after training) and aren't supposed to sell the stuff to unlicensed individuals, but a licensed installer might sell you the epoxy - or maybe if you drive the motorhome to his shop, could do the job for you for not too much money. Worst case, he/you could cut out the damaged area and replace it with a new piece. If you're lucky, you may even be able to find a scrap (like a sink cutout, etc.) that'll match/blend and use it for the patch.
    Jim D.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    What about cutting out the crack and a bit more, then make a wooden cutting board to fit the cut out part so it's flush with the rest of the counter?
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    I was thinking the same as Jim, probably clean well, then epoxy. May try the suction cup method that was shown the guitar repair thread last week or the week before to push the epoxy into the cracks.

    May post a pic your cracks may not be the same as what I'm imagining.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Coastal plain of North Carolina
    Carol, I had a friend who had a similar situation arise in his kitchen. He was able to go to the original installer and get some of epoxy mixture that was colored appropriately for his countertop. The installer told him to hot melt glue clamping block on either side of the crack and then mix up the epoxy. After it was mixed my friend used a popsicle stick to work it into the crack. Then he used his shop vacuum under the cabinet to pull the epoxy deeper into the crack. Once it was filled and over flowing he used a hand screw to pull the crack together while the glue cured. After it was cured he had to sand it and polish it out but today you cannot see the crack unless you really know where to look.

    If there are any food residues or grease that have found their way into the crack in your counter top this could affect the adhesion of the glue. It might be necessary to wash and degrease the Corian to get good adhesion.
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    What about cutting out the crack and a bit more, then make a wooden cutting board to fit the cut out part so it's flush with the rest of the counter?
    of all of the excellent responses above, I like Jeff's the best. Customize your RV! Replace the offending counter top with a real butcher block!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Cortland NY
    Carol, send picture I do this stuff for a living and can possibly help.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Floydada, Tx
    Clean it with some bleach and warm water. Then let it dry a few days and fill the cracks with crazy glue. Once dry hit it with 220 then 320 and it will be like new again. If you want to keep the sust down wet sand it.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    I don't know about Corian. Our home came with a Corian look alike (GE if I remember correctly). Bleach will lighten the color our's enough to be noticeable---like a water spot. It would not look bad at all, if the entire counter were that way. DAMHIKT. Now, a few years later, I can't see the "bleached" area.

    While the counter was still under warranty something in the house settled slightly and a crack developed on the inside corner of a right angle turn in the counter. The man came and repaired it so you could not even find it---until 8 or 10 years later. It still does not show unless you are standing right by it and the sunlight through the kitchen window is at the right angle.

    I was not here to watch. Sounds like he drilled a small hole at the end of the crack. Then he routed it out 3/8" wide by the length. It did not take him long. However, the poor guy was on the freeway for over three hours (round trip) to get here to do it.

    Good luck with it and/or the butcher block top you make.



    You certainly are having your little ole adventure aren't you!

    Oh yes! If you polish the top with an electric polisher with a lamb's wool pad--DO NOT accidently go to high speed. DAMHIKT either.
    Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 11-20-2012 at 03:24 AM.
    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.

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