Hello - We got about a quarter inch round chip in our Uba Tuba Granite
when a glass salt shaker fell from the top cabinet. Does anyone have
any suggestions or home remedies that the do it yourselfer could try
to fill the chip. I noticed there may be some professional granite
fill products, but they seem complicated. I'm not too worried about
an exact color match, just looking for something to fill the hole as
it is unfortunately in a very noticeable section of the counter. I
was thinking like clear silicon, but then thought that may not stick
to it or be good for a food prep area. What is generally done about
chips of this size, or is the answer simply leave it alone and live
Also, any recommendation on what brand or type of sealer to use on Uba
Tuba granite would be appreciated.
Kind regards to all that help or share their view.
What I would do is take the time to fix it properly. It will mostly take time
and patience. Clear silicone will definitely not work. In my opinion it would
be best to leave it alone until you have the time and inclination to do a good
job or to hire someone to fill the hole. A poorly filled chip hole will look
much worse than the hole itself. Also remember that whatever product you use to
fill it with, it will never be as durable as the granite.
I would think that any decent brand of stone sealer will work on your granite.
Try to avoid getting the sealer in the hole if you plan on filling it some day.
I have a Uba Tuba granite countertop, but it is 12" tiled, not solid
There are repair kits for granite, most of which use two part epoxy.
Just Google granite countertop repair for many brands.
For sealing and cleaning, I have used a number of products.
Sealer's Choice 15 Gold, a water based sealer made by Aqua Mix.
Nex-Gen Stone sealer, which is also water based and made by Black
Weiman Granite Wipes for cleaning. Can be used over sealer.
The big box stores carry these products.
You can also visit a tile store and ask what would be best for what you
want to do. Be advised that they will tell you whatever stuff they
happen to carry. They can direct you to a repairman for a professional job.
Not only that. Insurance companies are looking for any excuse to either
raise premiums sky high or drop customers altogether. Short of a major
disaster, you don't want to even talk to your insurance company.
As far as the counter, why not call the original installer to repair
it? Anything to do with granite is not a DIY project.
Did you find the missig bit? Glue it back with a slow setting epoxy. Leave
the glue slightly proud of the surface until it sets and trim with razor
blade. When fully set (several days) polish with metal polish.
I definately suggest contacting either the granite fabricator that
installed your granite or another local granite company to do the
repair. We have had people contact us after they have tried to repair
chips themselves and either the granite was unrepairable or we had to
charge a whole lot more than we would have if they had contacted us
As far as sealing goes, Uba Tuba is fairly dense. Make sure it needs
to be sealed before you purchase a sealer. This is very simple. Just
drop some droplets of water around the countertop (especially around
high traffic areas like the sink). Wait about five minutes. If the
water is still beaded up on top of the countertop, you do not need to
reseal it. If the water soaks in, we suggest using Aqua Mix-Sealer's
Choice Gold Premium Sealer for Stone, Tile and Grout. If you can't
find Aqua Mix, make sure the sealer you find is a water based,
Sealing your granite is very simple. Make sure to follow the
directions on the package, but it is pretty much a wipe on, wait a few
minutes, wipe off excess process. Then wait 24 hours before you get
the granite wet again. Use a clean white cloth to buff off any
Hope this helps.
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