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Old 01-05-2015, 03:33 PM   #1
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What is this Material Called?


Does anyone know the name of this material?

It is commonly used on bathroom countertops/sinks. It is NOT laminate, granite, marble, tile or concrete. It consists of a porous, almost chalky, white colored material that is covered with a semi transparent sealer or enamel.

I accidentally stripped off a large amount of the sealer/enamel with paint stripper. I need to know what the material is so that I can find sealer that is designed for it.

My house was built in 1970 if that helps.

(I was reading about the Rustoleum laminate sealer on this forum but I don't know if it would work because this stuff is not laminate.)

Thank you so much for the help.
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Soapstone?A pic would sure help.There are thousands of materials on the market these days.
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Does anyone know the name of this material?

It is commonly used on bathroom countertops/sinks. It is NOT laminate, granite, marble, tile or concrete. It consists of a porous, almost chalky, white colored material that is covered with a semi transparent sealer or enamel.

I accidentally stripped off a large amount of the sealer/enamel with paint stripper. I need to know what the material is so that I can find sealer that is designed for it.

My house was built in 1970 if that helps.

(I was reading about the Rustoleum laminate sealer on this forum but I don't know if it would work because this stuff is not laminate.)

Thank you so much for the help.
Probably Cultured Marble or something similar. The sinks are cast upside down in a form, first a heavy clear gel-coat product is used, then a matrix of crushed marble is added. There is no feasible way to repair the surface if that is what you have. You may try several coats of a quality stone sealer but it won't be pretty.

The Rustoleum product is somewhat of a joke and can't be expected to last either.
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I would agree with Bud but you said porous.This threw me off.Cultured marble is very common but not porous.
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Thank you for the help so far. I posted a picture to help identify it. I'm just looking for something to make it waterproof again.
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Another pic. That Blue stuff in the sink is just paint. I did not realize that this stripper would take off the sealer too.
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That is cultured marble.It's still waterproof.Just ruined.The gel coat has been ate off by the stripper.
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Thanks for the help. The water does seem to soak into the material though. What sealer/coating would you recommend to cover it with?
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If you don't care how it looks maybe some marine grade epoxy but you could probably get a new top on sale somewhere for what that would cost you.
It always helps to put your location in your profile so we no what part of the world your in.Might try a Habitat for Humanity restore for a new top cheap.
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Yeah. I really don't care how it looks. I am just looking for a cheap way to fix it. I am located in Houston, Tx. area.

Just looking for suggestions for a new coating that will last and isn't too expensive.
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That thing is gone.

But, I would be tempted to sand the top surface with an orbital sander. Leave the bowl alone maybe. Remove the remaining Gel-Coat on the top surface feathering to the edge of the bowl. Then apply an automotive clear-coat product. It won't be beautiful but it will be functional once again and will shed water again.
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if money is tight--see it you have a habitat fir Humanity store near by.

I saw those for $5 to $15 in my local store---cheaper than a can of paint.
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those things are all but junk. look on craigslist, i bet you will find one for free or close to it.
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Thank you for the help eveyone. Another motivation for me to avoid replacing this thing is to avoud all the hassle. I would have to find the right size somehow and go through the trouble of installing it. I'm not that handy with repairs like this. Seems like painting the surface would be much easier.
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