Tips to Avoid Scratches on Acrylic Kitchen Benchtops

by Marble Plus on Sep 11, 2020 Home Improvement 16 Views

Over the years, more and more homeowners have chosen to use acrylic as their choice material for their kitchen benchtops. This is because this material tends to be an economical alternative when compared to other best benchtop materials such as natural stone and solid wood. In addition to this, acrylic available in various colours so you get the chance to enhance the aesthetics of your kitchen with your benchtop. However, acrylic tends to be prone to scratches. As such, you may need to start on some repairs to keep it in pristine condition. The following are some handy tips to avoid scratches that your acrylic benchtop may have acquired.


Collect the tools you will require


The tools you would need for this undertaking are few. They add an abrasive liquid, some rags, and a wet sanding pad or a dry sanding pad. Ensure that you completely clean the surface of the benchtop to get rid of any remaining grime that could be on it. This is because if you start sanding out the scratches on dirty acrylic, the dirt particles will simply become settled on the benchtop's surface.


Start sanding out the scratches individually


Once you start sanding, ensure that you do this in one direction and not in a back and forth motion. The sandpaper will come in various degrees of abrasiveness. For scratches that have a deep groove, use sandpaper that is 220 grit. For scratches that can be felt by the tip of your nail, use sandpaper that is 320 grit. Fine scratches will need the use of sandpaper that is 400 grit while barely scratches will need sandpaper with 600 grit.


Re-sand the scratched areas with an opposite motion


Continue with the sanding but this time you should change the direction you were sanding in the opposite direction. Continue this process until you get to the finest sanding paper. Make sure that you change direction with each different level of sanding. When you are sanding your acrylic benchtop, never make the mistake of doing it in a circular motion. This will barely avoid the scratches and will also cause swirls to appear on the surface of the acrylic.


Wipe the benchtop clean


With every level of sanding, ensure that you increase the area that you are working on by about four inches. This will avoid you causing a dent in the area that you are trying to remove the scratch from. It will also avoid distortion of the acrylic by constantly sanding down one particular point. Once you are satisfied the scratch has been removed, clean the area with water and a little detergent.

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