How To Refinish a Marble Counter Top

Learning how to refinish a marble counter top can be achieved by any basic homeowner. You simply need the right tools and products, along with some basic education on how to refinish a marble surface. Here at, we  have everything you need to get it done. Our Marble Refinishing Kit contains everything you will need to restore and refinish your dull, stained, and scratched marble counter top to a brand new, highly polished surface.

Before you begin refinishing a marble counter top, we highly recommend watching our Instructional How To Do It DVD. After watching the DVD, you’ll want to analyze the condition of your marble counter top surface using a lamp or the overhead ceiling lights. Focus your vision over the dull areas and try to see the outline of the light bulb to determine the depth of the etching.

Next, mark a border with duct tape around areas that are completely dull and not scratched. This border should be one and a half inches away from the dull areas to allow for some overlap while using the buffer machine with the finer sanding discs.

Start your honing process (sanding) with the 220 grit disc. Follow this pattern using the 400 grit, then 600 grit, and finish with 800 grit disc. Remember to overlap your work area by a half inch each time you change-out a sanding disc grit. Also, remember to stop the machine every twenty seconds and clean the sanding disc with a wet sponge and check the sanding discs’ surface with your fingertips. The marble refinishing process works best when you feel the abrasiveness of the disc.

Please note: do not over use the sanding disc when the face becomes smooth to the touch (for it has lost its abrasiveness). If this is the case, the disc should be discarded and replaced with a new disc.

For estimating purposes: one sanding disc should hone up to seven square feet of marble. Additional sanding discs can be purchased on our website in the Supplies and Accessories category. We sell packages of (15) and (25) sanding discs; three (3) each of 150, 220, 400, 600, and 800 grit sizes and five (5) each of 150, 220, 400, 600, and 800 grit sizes, respectively. For areas that are completely dull and scratched, start the honing process (sanding) with 150 grit, and continue as specified in the aforementioned text.

After the honing process is completed, you can begin the polishing process using our Marble Gloss Restorer with our Ultimate Polishing Pad. Remember to polish the entire surface including areas that were not honed. It is necessary to polish two and sometimes three times to achieve a brand new, highly polished look. Additional Marble Gloss Restorer can be purchased on our website in the Marble Gloss Restorer category.

Please note: While analyzing the depth of etch marks, if you determine the etch marks are slight and not deep, some light is still reflective; then, no honing is necessary, just polish with our Marble Gloss Restorer with Ultimate Polishing Pad two to three times. Our Marble Gloss Restorer contains a fine gritty component which will remove minor scratches and water spots. Please note: our Marble Gloss Restorer out performs any and all of our competitors polishing products; our Marble Gloss Restorer is safe and easy to use, when used with our Ultimate Polishing Pad it produces a deep, durable, high gloss finish.

When polishing the following marble species: pure white (Thassos), dark brown (Breccia Nouvella), dark green (Verde Antique), and absolute black (Belgium Black) please call our professional sales staff at (800)-617-1779, to special order Marble Gloss Restorer SF (special formula); the mineral makeup of these marbles require a different chemistry to produce a high gloss finish, which is found in our Marble Gloss Restorer SF.

Please Note: when polishing marble with our Marble Gloss Restorer SF, you first make a slurry by mixing Marble Gloss Restorer SF with water, distribute the slurry over the area of marble to be polished, during the polishing process, it is normal for the slurry to dry quickly and you will notice a grabbing sensation from the machine which is caused by the friction created from using the Marble Gloss Restorer SF; do not add more water, polish this area dry for another minute or two; then, repeat this identical polishing process by adding more Marble Gloss Restorer SF mixed with water and polish the same area of marble one or two more times, before you start polishing your next section of marble.

After refinishing your marble counter top to a brand new highly polished surface, be sure to protect your marble by sealing it with our Marble Guard Protector SB (a clear, deep penetrating, impregnating) marble sealer. Follow the sealant with an application of our Marble Polish and Protector.

Our Instructional How To Do It DVD, shows you how to do these two preventative maintenance steps as follows: apply a generous amount of Marble Guard Protector SB, over the entire marble surface, let it penetrate for at least one hour; next, apply a light coating of Marble Polish and Protector to an area no larger than three square feet, immediately, remove all residue of Marble Polish and Protector from the marble surface with paper towels, use a circular buffing motion to accomplish this task; next, buff this area with our Micro Fiber Mesh Hand Polishing Bonnet which you can find on our website when you click on the Supplies and Accessories category link. Our Micro Fiber Mesh Hand Polishing Bonnet can be used manually or by machine, it has a built in pouch your hand fits into and it also attaches to machines that have a velcro pad holder such as the machines contained in our marble and granite refinishing kits. After you finish polishing this first section of marble with our Marble Polish and Protector, you’re ready to repeat this same process on the next section of marble, and continue, section by section until completely finished.

This article is in response to a question submitted by Lucille Wiseman on 07/19/08.