How to Fix Quartz Countertop Finish

Quartz countertops are a popular choice for many homeowners due to their durability, aesthetics, and low maintenance. However, like any surface, quartz can become damaged over time. Fixing the finish on quartz countertops is possible with the right techniques and products. This comprehensive guide will provide tips on how to repair and restore the finish of quartz countertops.

Assessing the Damage

The first step is to assess the type and extent of damage to the quartz finish. Some common issues include:


Scratches can range from superficial swirls to deeper gouges. Try running your fingernail over the scratch to determine depth. Deeper scratches may require more intensive repairs.

Etch Marks

Dull, whitish marks caused by acidic substances like citrus, vinegar or harsh cleaners. Etching doesn’t damage the surface but rather the finish.


Small chips at the edges and corners can occur from impact. Cracks are less common but indicate more extensive damage.


Over time, exposure to sunlight, grease, and other contaminants can cause yellowing or dark spots. A good cleaning often resolves this.

Loss of Shine

Regular use will eventually wear down the polished factory finish. Dull, cloudy areas show the finish needs restoration.

Thoroughly inspect the countertop to identify all problem areas. Take note of the type and severity of each one. This will help determine the proper fix.

Cleaning and Prepping the Surface

Before attempting any repairs, the quartz surface should be deeply cleaned:

  • Remove everything from the countertop.
  • Mix a mild detergent like dish soap and warm water in a bucket.
  • Scrub the entire surface with a soft cloth or sponge.
  • Rinse well and wipe dry with a microfiber cloth.
  • Inspect again under good lighting to ensure all grime is gone.
  • Further cleaning may be needed for stubborn stains (see tips below).

Proper cleaning is crucial for the best results. Any remaining dirt or residue could hinder the adhesion of repair products.

For tough stains like:

  • Grease/oil – Degrease with an enzyme cleaner or diluted dish detergent.
  • Calcium/limescale buildup – Apply white vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes before scrubbing.
  • Rust – Use a rust remover gel and plastic scraper.
  • Mold/mildew – Spray with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution.

Avoid harsh chemicals like oven cleaners, alkaline cleaners, or acidic toilet bowl cleaners which can further etch or discolor the surface.

Once squeaky clean, the quartz must be thoroughly dried. Wipe down with 70% isopropyl alcohol to remove any lingering residue. This prepares the surface for repairs.

Repairing Superficial Damage

Many minor marks and dulling of the finish can be remedied using restoration products widely available online or at hardware stores.

Removing Minor Scratches

Very light surface scratches can often be buffed out:

  • Apply a small amount of quartz polish to a microfiber cloth.
  • Rub over scratches using a circular motion.
  • Clean residue and buff dry.
  • Repeat if needed.

For deeper scratches:

  • Clean the area thoroughly first.
  • Squeeze polishing compound onto a soft cloth.
  • Gently rub compound over scratches using pressure.
  • Wipe away residue and buff until scratch disappears.

A quality polishing compound with abrasives will grind away the blemish. Take care not to rub too aggressively on the surrounding finish.

Fixing Etch Marks

To remove or minimize dull etched areas:

  • Clean and dry the affected spots.
  • Apply a dollop of etch removal cream directly on the mark.
  • Allow to sit for 2-5 minutes.
  • Rub in small circles with a soft cloth until etching is gone.
  • Rinse clean and dry.
  • Repeat as needed for stubborn marks.

Specialized etching creams work to restore the gloss and shine within the damaged finish layer.

Removing Stains/Discoloration

To brighten stained or yellowed areas:

  • Mix baking soda and water into a spreadable paste.
  • Cover stained areas with a thick layer.
  • Allow to sit overnight (8-12 hours).
  • Wipe clean in the morning with a damp microfiber cloth.
  • For tougher stains, apply a stain removal poultice instead.

Absorbent products like baking soda or poultice will draw out deeply set stains.

Restoring Faded Shine

To renew the glossy finish:

  • Clean the countertop thoroughly.
  • Apply a thin coat of quartz polish to the entire surface.
  • Allow to haze and dry for 5-10 mins.
  • Buff vigorously with a dry microfiber cloth.
  • Repeat polishing if desired sheen isn’t achieved.

The mild abrasives in polishes work to remove micro-scratches while proprietary chemicals revive the glossy top layer.

With the right products and techniques, you can successfully remove minor damage from quartz countertops. For best results, test products first on an inconspicuous spot.

Repairing Significant Damage

For more severe quartz damage like prominent scratches, chips or cracks, professional resin treatments or a full resurfacing may be required.

Filling Deep Scratches

Major gouges too deep to polish out will need filling:

  • Clean and dry the area thoroughly.
  • Squeeze colored resin into the scratch, slightly overfilling.
  • Spread smoothly with a plastic putty knife. Remove excess.
  • Cure with a small UV light held just above for 30-60 seconds.
  • Once hardened, buff gently to a smooth finish.

Tinted resin fills the scratch flush with the surrounding surface. Specialized UV resin is formulated to cure solid under UV light.

Patching Chips and Cracks

Chips and fractures can be filled in a similar process:

  • Carefully clean loose debris from any cracks or missing chunks.
  • Fill in gaps with colored quartz resin, overlapping edges slightly.
  • Cure resin with 30-60 seconds of UV light exposure.
  • Once hardened, shape as needed with an extra-fine file.

The resin will bond structurally to repair cracks and fill in missing pieces. Just take care with curing times.

For cracks wider than 1/16”, a special adhesive filler may be required to control seepage before applying the resin.

Professional help is advisable for repairing quartz cracks, especially those near edges which compromise the stability.

Full Resurfacing

In cases of extensive damage where repairs are impractical, a full resurfacing may be warranted:

  • A specialist will assess if adequate thickness remains for resurfacing.
  • Damaged quartz is precisely ground down to remove all defects.
  • A new layer of colored quartz material is bonded over the old surface.
  • The finish is restored to a like-new condition.

Though costly, resurfacing can make badly damaged countertops look pristine again, avoiding full replacement. Generally a last resort treatment.

For major damage beyond just the finish, be sure to consult a professional quartz fabricator or restoration company. They have specialized tools, adhesives, resins, and skills to properly repair quartz surfaces. DIY repairs often result in unsatisfactory outcomes.

Preventative Care and Maintenance

Preventing damage to your quartz countertops is easier and cheaper than repairing it. Follow these tips:

  • Always use a cutting board for food prep. Never cut directly on the quartz.
  • Don’t place hot pots or pans directly on the surface. Use trivets and hot pads.
  • Clean spills promptly to avoid staining.
  • Rinse the quartz after contact with acidic foods or cleaners.
  • Avoid abrasive pads, powders, or scouring creams which can scratch.
  • Use only quartz-safe cleaners. Most require just soap and water for routine cleaning.
  • Re-apply quartz polish or sealer every 1-2 years. This protects the finish.
  • Handle heavy quartz slabs carefully during transport to avoid cracks and chips.

With some basic care and maintenance, your quartz countertops can stay looking like new for years before needing repairs. Be sure to address any damage early before it worsens.

FAQs About Repairing Quartz Countertops

What are quartz countertops?

Quartz countertops are engineered stone surfaces made from about 90% ground quartz minerals blended with pigments and resin. This combination creates an attractive, non-porous material that is highly durable while mimicking the look of natural stone.

Can all quartz damage be repaired?

Most common finish issues like scratches, etch marks, and discoloration can be improved or removed with the right products and techniques. But deep cracks or chips may require professional repairs.

Is it possible to repair quartz yourself?

Many light surface repairs can be managed DIY with readily available products. But extensive damage often calls for a trained fabricator to properly resurface or replace sections of the slab.

Will repairs permanently fix my quartz?

Professional repairs that properly fill cracks and chips or fully resurface should restore your quartz to like-new condition permanently. But damage could recur if the surface isn’t cared for properly.

How can I prevent damage to my quartz?

Using cutting boards, trivets and cleaners formulated for quartz will help avoid most damage. Quickly wiping spills, avoiding harsh chemicals, and resealing the surface periodically are also good preventive measures.

How much do quartz repairs cost?

DIY repairs cost just a few dollars for supplies. Minor fabrication repairs generally range from $100-500. Full resurfacing can be $2000 or more. Full slab replacement is around $3000+ installed.


The durable finish of quartz countertops can become dulled and damaged over years of use. But in many cases, the original appearance can be restored using specialized repair products and professional fabrication services. Understanding what type of damage is present allows you to determine the best fix. With proper care, most quartz countertops provide lasting beauty and performance for the lifetime of a home.