Tag Archives: Aristech Surfaces

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

Corian® Sonora - matte finish

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.

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

Greenery matches with Solid Surface Continue reading

SolidSurface.com Celebrates 10 Solid Years!

SolidSurface.com Warehouse in Tucson, AZ

SolidSurface.com Warehouse in Tucson, AZ

Tucson, AZ–SurfaceNet LLC d/b/a SolidSurface.com is proud to announce its 10th year as the leading Internet source for purchasing decorative solid surface sheet materials, tools, accessories and custom Corian® vanity tops.  Where it was once thought that no one would buy a sheet of solid surface material off the Internet, SolidSurface.com has achieved a decade of success and over 20% year-over-year growth.  While featuring popular solid surface brands such as DuPont™ Corian®, LG HI-MACS®, Aristech™ Avonite®, Samsung™ Staron®, Formica®, Wilsonart®, Hanwha™ Hanex®, and Meganite®, SolidSurface.com has also built its reputation on strong customer service and ease of searching, ordering and shipping.

The Launch

SolidSurface.com Display Booth

SolidSurface.com Display Booth

Using countertop remnants lying around in the garage, co-founders, Ed and Kyle Carpenter, a father and son team, began, as a hobby, creating one-of-a-kind applications with solid surface.  One such item was a  guitar body in the style of a Fender Telecaster and another a sculpture portraying  the loss of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11.  They also began fashioning pieces into cutting boards and selling them on eBay.  After realizing they could work smarter, not harder, by selling remnant pieces, they launched Continue reading

Avonite® Solid Surfaces Manufacturer, Aristech Surfaces®, Invests Over $11 Million in Quality Improvements and Product Innovation

Avonite Manufacturing Plant

Avonite Manufacturing Plant (Image courtesy of Aristech Surfaces)

Over a span of three years, Aristech Surfaces®, creator of the Avonite® solid surface brand, will solidify (pun intended!) their commitment to invest in the future of solid surface.  In keeping with their quest for continuous improvement in quality and innovation, Aristech has just recently upgraded one of its continuous casting machines with a stainless steel belt, a $4.5 Million project, at its Florence, Kentucky plant.

One of Avonite's four continuous casting machines

One of Avonite’s four continuous casting machines. (Image courtesy of Aristech Surfaces®)


While that may seem like a high price to pay to replace a belt, the machines are more than 100 yards long and over nine feet wide.  It is one the world’s largest continuous cast machines for acrylics.  There are 10 of these machines in the world, only five are located in the western hemisphere and Aristech owns four of them.

The continuous cast machines allow Aristech to produce an abundant supply of acrylic solid surface and offers flexibility in sheet size, reducing waste, while saving customers material Continue reading

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