Absolute Black granite honed/leathered/antiqued?

VADawgMarch 18, 2014

Hi all,
Am considering Absolute black granite for my countertops, with white cabinets and a Mont Blanc quartzite island. The fabricator had honed on the floor in stock and said the honed was worry-free. After doing some online research, it seems honed shows fingerprints, oily marks, and can leave water rings?? There are also other finishes called leathered or antiqued, are these different? I have to decide soon about these and now I'm totally confused. Any help would be appreciated!

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I like leathered (I think "leathered" and "antique" are the same?). Mine are leathered antique brown granite, But I haven't seen leathered absolute black. Can they get you a sample or can you call around your area and see who has a slab you can look at? I wouldn't choose a stone without seeing the whole slab.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 8:29AM
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We have a honed AB saddle in our MB. They used Tenax Tiger Ager (?) enhancer-sealer on it (we needed to darken it slightly to better blend in with our porcelain floor tile. It seems to be pretty forgiving (I walk on it with bare feet, wet from the shower or after using foot cream and such).

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 6:20PM
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In my search for AB leathered granite, I encountered a variety of options ranging very dark, very textured to grey-ish with tiny texture marks - maybe more like a brushed finish. Some of these showed oily prints if not sealed. Finally found a lovely slab of Milky Way leathered granite that is the perfect deep black with great texture, with a bit of sheen that does not show prints. This was a search that I thought would be easy but proved to be a bit trickier. Good luck - it can be a beautiful material! (Mine will be installed in few weeks so I don't have good input about use yet).

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 6:59PM
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Many Absolute Blacks can be a nightmare whether polished, honed or textured because of possible calcium content. Oily smudges are common with honed AB but a knowledgeable fabricator can help minimize that. Test the stone before purchasing.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 8:13PM
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Hi all, I was able to get a sample of antiqued absolute black. I left a tsp. of olive oil on it overnight to test. It did leave an oily spot, but it wasn't glaring. I imagine it develops a patina over time. Problem now is my distributor is sold out of absolute black! Ugh! Why is nothing in this renovation process ever easy? Ok, enough venting... back to countertop shopping. Thinking Mont Blanc quartzite now, a completely different look....

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 9:31PM
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There is really no need to test AB for oil staining, it is almost impervious meaning non-absorbent. If it left an oily spot it was simply on the surface and easily cleaned. It will not develop a patina.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 9:51PM
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Most of the "Absolute Black" out there got that way through dye. If it will take a dye, it will take oil.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 10:42PM
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Mary Ann Boffey

Our kitchen is on the front page of the Kitchen forums page right now... we have Absolute Black in "antiqued" finish. I did not seal it and it's 2 years old. It's been great, but I don't leave any oil or acid foods on it.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 12:04AM
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If it's been dyed it's not a true Absolute Black, it is a mutt stone trying to look like AB.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 1:10PM
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Two questions:
How do you know whether it's dyed?
And why does it matter? Because of staining?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 7:36PM
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"How do you know whether it's dyed?"

Rub it with acetone. I'd try lacquer thinner too. If your rag gets black, it's dyed.
"And why does it matter? Because of staining?"

Dyed stone will function, it's just that the dye is only skin deep.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 8:42PM
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Dyed Absolute Black can react to water causing water rings form glasses. Absolute Black can also contain some calcium which will also water ring from glasses. Using sealers on AB is another cause for water rings.

As Trebuchet stated, test with Acetone and lacquer thinner. Also test with lemon juice. Do not seal it. Good luck!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2014 at 10:42PM
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