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How to Clean and Refinish Corian® and Other Brands of Solid Surface Countertops

How to Clean and Refinish Corian Solid Surface Countertops

Image 1: Corian® Sonora in a matte finish

With the holidays right around the corner, you’re probably thinking about cleaning and getting the house in order before all the guests arrive. Two questions that come up quite often at this time of year are:

  • What is the best way to clean and refinish my Corian® [solid surface] countertop?
  • How can I remove stains from my solid surface countertop?

Whether you have Corian®, Avonite Surfaces®, LG HI-MACS®, Staron®, Mystera®, or any other type of solid surface countertop, the basics are the same since they are all made of acrylic-based resin material and fillers (except Aristech®’s STUDIO Collection® which is a more translucent resin).

Consider the Finish and the Color

Consideration of color is important when it comes to the use patterns and the way stains and blemishes are approached because darker colors show use more than lighter colors.

Before using any type of cleaner or performing any repairs on your solid surface countertop, consider the degree of shine on the finish and the color of the solid surface. The degree of shine on the solid surface finish is achieved by using increasingly finer grits of sanding abrasives. For a glossy shine, after using the fine abrasives, polishing with a buffing pad and polishing compound is the final step of the process. We mention this to assure you that what we discuss below is in keeping with the way the finish was originally applied to your countertops.

Examples of Shine

Examples of shine can be seen in the images of this article. Image 1 is done in a flat/matte finish where none of the objects on the countertop have a reflection. Image 2 has a satin finish denoted by the “not so distinct” reflection cast by the objects on the countertop. Image 3 presents a semi-gloss finish with a moderately distinct reflection. Image 4 shows a gloss finish where the reflections of the objects are distinct.

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4 Countertop Colors to Coordinate With Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet

Pantone's Color of the Year - Ultra Violet

Pantone’s Color of the Year – Ultra Violet

The 2018 Pantone color of the year has been revealed, and it is light years away from the 2017 earthy greenery color selection. Instead of focusing on a color representative of things that grow, this year’s color, Ultra Violet, brings to mind the night sky filled with dreams and brilliant stars. Designers are excited about this new jewel-toned color, not typically used in decorating. Perhaps this is what you have been waiting for–permission to move those beautiful purple tones from quiet meditation spots and gathering places into the rest of your home décor.  To help you with that, SolidSurface.com offers some ideas for coordinating that luscious purple with countertop colors for your kitchen or bathroom vanity.

Coordination Concerns

Since not everyone has an eye for decorating or a degree in interior design, you may feel an immediate sense of overwhelm, wondering how in the world you might be able to incorporate this beautiful bold color into your home. Our expertise in kitchen and bath design, coupled with years of experience, might just help you achieve the look you want while using Pantone’s color of the year.

Whites

Redecorating a bathroom is a great way to make a memorable impression.  And this year, you can decorate with Ultra Violet. Some may choose to install a stunning shower wall using Ultra Violet glazed tiles and shiny new Continue reading

Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year-Greenery with Solid Surface

Has 2017 been all that you were hoping for so far? It’s not too late to make 2017 your year to be brighter, more revitalized, more energized! A good start is to focus on your surroundings.  Update your kitchen or bathroom with solid surface and colors that rejuvenate your senses.

Earlier this year, Pantone® introduced it’s color of the year, “Greenery,” a vibrant, yellow-green shade that bursts with energy, capturing the emergence of Spring. Like walking in the woods on a fresh, sunshiny day, Greenery is symbolic of nature and invites us to breathe deep to renew, revive, restore.

Color Combinations

Greenery is a beautiful shade of green.  It is very versatile, serving as a natural neutral.  It can be paired with many color combinations, as Pantone® illustrates below.

Greenery matches with Solid Surface

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12 New Generation Solid Surface Designs from Avonite™

Residential wine wall using Avonite Studio Collection™ Ocean Breeze

Residential wine wall using Avonite Studio Collection™ Ocean Breeze. Image courtesy of Aristech Surfaces®.

Let your imagination run wild for a moment thinking about the variety of projects  you could create with solid surface material that is vibrant with color, translucent enough for backlighting and has the appearance of movement or texture.  With the launch of Avonite™ Surfaces’ (a brand of Aristech Surfaces®) 12 new design materials under their Studio Collection™, the possibilities are endless.

The new colors fall into three Studio Collection categories:  The Elements (translucent veined colors), The Mosaics (think terrazzo) and Frosted Glass (great for backlighting).  Pictured is a gorgeous, custom-designed wine wall using one of the new colors from The Elements Collection, Ocean Breeze.

The applications for this next-generation, proprietary resin-blend material vary widely from artwork, to Continue reading

Avonite Adds 35 Solid Surface Colors To It’s New International Pallete

Avonite® Surfaces, a brand of Aristech Surfaces LLC, is launching  35 solid surface colors in its new International Pallet of Avonite colors.

Architects and designers increasingly work the world over, and Avonite’s new International Palette provides them a truly global range of trend setting colors and designs. This palette allows them to make exciting and creative product and color choices no matter where in the world the project may be.

Whether or not you work the world over, are tied to an ethnic enclave or geographic region, and/or you love the colors of your heritage, the Avonite International pallet gives you that forward reaching set of tools to color your creations. Continue reading