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Blue Pearl Gt granite scratches.



 
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madpolac
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:14 pm    Post subject: Blue Pearl Gt granite scratches. Reply with quote

We installed a kitchen counter top out of Blue Pearl GT approximately 4 years ago. A visit by uor owner to the site revealed that these top are scratched terribly as if it were Corian.

Amajor selling point of ours when discussing granite is that the only things that will scratch granite is another piece of granit or a diamond.

Has any one out ther experienced something similar and what suggestions might you have?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

are they router scraches ?
some blue pearl is scratched from the factory and they dont show up till after they are fabricated they are swirl marks.
the bottom of some ceramic dishes will scratch some granite.
Blue Pearl and Emerald Pearl do scratch easy

Easy to top polish unless the whole top is covered with scracthes
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The green sctochbrite pads can also scratch some stones with enough hand pressure.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You forgot quartz and silica scratches granite as well. Green scrubby pads have silica in them and many earthen ware or coffee cups have silica underneath them as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Metal will scratch it , if it's used like a cutting board it will scratch. It's similar to glass...tell your homeowners that if it will scratch glass it will scratch granite. Think you've been misinforming your customers...sorry.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A picture would help, but this is certainly an extra ordinary circumstance.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find it surprising too that someone would be able to scratch their Blue Pearl top that much or even any granite top that much.

You are partially correct Ron. Most metals will not do anything to granite. Very sharp, hardened steel typically used in cutlery can scratch granite if enough pressure is applied and the user happens to hit one of the softer components in the stone.

I cut tomatoes, potatoes, all sorts of veggies on my counters at home and there is not any sign of scratches on my tops and they are Blue Eyes. Not a very hard granite in anyones book. But I also do it understanding that you don't need to go after a tomatoes like a gorilla to cut it.

Now if someone is scratching their granite tops to the extent that madpolac is talking I would expect that to be caused by some earthen cookware or some other fired dishware that still has some sand embedded in it from the firing process.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lets dig deeper
Do you think they might have done it on purpose ?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is probably from sliding pots and pans around as well as plates.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can slide pots, pans, and plates around all you want and you are not going to scratch your stone in the least.

If you get a piece of quartz, silica, or sand particles under anything you can scratch your stone but at the same time if you managed to scratch your stone you would have really gouged a laminated or plastic solid surface top.

Also, we have installed thousands of kitchens and I have yet to get a call back for a scratched top. Think about that.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i had a person that kept heavy ceramic pots near one of the windows
she slid them aroud a few times and scrached the crap out of her tops
it was uba tuba
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well said, Matt I should have been a little more clear on my post. Granite can be scratched other granite, quartz and diamonds as well. Also just as Matt said that really sharp culinary products can scratch granite if you really dig in it can! And when I say really dig in, then you are trying a prison escape (pay attention to what you are doing). What I was refering too and should have been more clear on, was if something is under your plates or pots then yeah it can cause these issues. As always take care of your stone the way the fabricator tells you and don't stray away.
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