Quartzite polished or honed?

VADawgApril 8, 2014

Hi all! I've chosen Mont Blanc quartzite slabs for my kitchen countertops and island. I had a sample where one side was honed, one side polished. The polished side etched horribly, while the honed side was bulletproof. The fabricator (who is not who I got my sample from) says polished is better for quartzite, and that perhaps my polished sample was unsealed? I don't know what to believe. I fell in love with the creamy look of the honed but most of all the infallibility of it. I don't like the shiny polished look as much but I can live with if it is maintenance-free. My fabricator is going to charge me $600+ per slab to hone the slabs. What are your experiences with quartzite- honed, polished, sealed, etc? Thank you!

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karin_mt

That's strange that one side etched and the other side didn't. I'd wonder what sort of coating was on the polished side, or if perhaps the etching was just much less noticeable on the honed side? Hard to say. Basically this doesn't make much sense so there is something else going on here. Did you try the scratch test?

Given the same type of marble, honed will show etching less but it will still etch. If it's true quartzite, then neither honed nor polished will etch. They key is figuring out what kind of rock you really have. That is much more important than the surface treatment.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 9:39AM
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strayerdarb

Is Mont Blanc a real quartzite or a marble mislabeled as quartzite?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 12:40PM
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pumpkinhouse

That's a good point about it possibly not being a quartzite. I saw a sample of a stone the yard called a quartzite but it was definitely granite. It had the relatively large crystal flakes that catch the light, that is characteristic of granite and that quartzite never has. The price was a granite level price too, which should have been my first warning. How is the price on your slab?

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 4:09PM
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TamaraTomNC

VADawg, how is it going with your Mont Blanc counters? We chose a Mont Blanc slab that we will hone as well. We were told it is marble.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 9:36PM
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TamaraTomNC

VADawg, how is it going with your Mont Blanc counters? We chose a Mont Blanc slab that we will hone as well. We were told it is marble.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 8:26AM
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VADawg

Hi TamaraTomNC, we ended up polishing our counters. Quartzite is NOT marble!!! You may want to find a different fabricator if he thinks that. It is a different stone than marble. Our fabricator gave me a sample of polished and it did great in my tests. I think the polished sample I had before was unsealed, which made a big difference. We haven't moved in yet, but the countertops are in, and I was at the house over the weekend and put a fast food cup (the kind that really sweats and leaves water everywhere) on the counter and it wiped right off. Came back the next day and it was fine.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 12:20PM
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strayerdarb

Did you ever find out if you have quartzite or marble?

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 3:07PM
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VADawg

Quartzite is not marble. It is a natural stone just as granite, limestone, marble, etc are naturally occurring stones but are all different.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 3:09PM
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TamaraTomNC

Thanks, VADawg. You must be so excited to see your kitchen coming together! I will check back with our fabricator- when we asked what the slab was, he said it was "Mont Blanc marble" Maybe I misunderstood. Either way, we love it and it will be in our kitchen! :)

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 10:19PM
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VADawg

Hello all, I just wanted to give an update on how my quartzite counters are holding up. I will post pics eventually.... Anyway, for those of you wondering, they are bullet-proof. They haven't stained, etched, or chipped. I put hot things on them. I've had wine, oil, etc spilled on them. We have the Mont Blanc quartzite that is polished. Everyone on this forum was so helpful when we were renovating our house that I wanted to return the favor. Our countertops caused me some of the most sleepless nights during our renovation because of the expense, so I hope this helps someone out there!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2014 at 7:44PM
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kksmama

Dawg! Pictures, please! E.Y.E.C.A.N.D.Y. Pretty, pretty, please?

    Bookmark   September 16, 2014 at 7:54PM
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VADawg

Ha! Ok here's a pic of our countertops and finished kitchen-

    Bookmark   September 16, 2014 at 9:41PM
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Barbarav

VADawg, they're beautiful, and so is your kitchen! You should now be sleeping like a baby. Good job!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2014 at 11:22PM
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susanlynn2012

VADawg, Thank you for sharing that your Quartzite polished gorgeous counters did not etch and are bulletproof. They are also gorgeous! I just love your kitchen! I will have to get a sample of the Mont Blanc Quartzite! Congratulations on such a gorgeous kitchen with such beautiful counters!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2014 at 1:01AM
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lisa_a

For anyone considering this stone, don't assume that all Mont Blanc slabs are quartzite. The slabs at my local stone yard are labeled as falling somewhere between granite and marble in terms of staining and durability. IOW, it will etch and stain, just not as much as other marbles, but it certainly isn't as durable as quartzite. You need to get a sample and test it yourself.

I was bummed when I learned this because I would have loved to have counters as lovely as VADawg's.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2014 at 1:31AM
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juno_barks

I am getting my superwhite quartzite slabs honed, $7/square foot. In case anyone is looking around at pricing.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2014 at 10:08AM
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susanlynn2012

Juno_barks and others, what does getting a slab honed due besides making it less shiny? What is the process that mitigates the etching?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2014 at 12:47PM
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karin_mt

There is no process to mitigate etching, unfortunately. The concern is that stones are sold under all kinds of names and some are quartzite and some are marble.

VADawg's slabs are quartzite, and thus won't etch. But some slabs sold as "quartzite" are actually marble. Honing doesn't effect this either way.

VADawg, nice work! Totally gorgeous. I hope you are sleeping well after a job well done. :)

    Bookmark   September 18, 2014 at 11:59AM
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VADawg

Thanks everyone! To answer lynn2006, I think polishing helps mitigate etching because there is a sealant applied as a protectant. At least, that's what my fabricator told me.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2014 at 12:26PM
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juno_barks

Another idea floating around out there is that a honed surface doesn't show the etching to the same extent as a polished surface. There is an interesting post about etching and a marble countertop, linked below.
I like the less reflective look of the honed rock, it enhances the rock's natural vibe for me.

Here is a link that might be useful: etching on a marble countertop.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2014 at 2:31PM
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TamaraTomNC

VA Dawg- Just gorgeous! Thanks for posting. We are about two weeks away from installation and can't wait. Your Mont Blanc looks to have more grey than ours, and we will have ours honed. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2014 at 8:31AM
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imageshark

I purchased honed quartzite, but now I'm regretting it, and would like it to be polished. My fabricator told me it would be $1000/slab to polish it! just wondering your view on honed quartzite, here is a picture.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2014 at 10:39AM
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VADawg

Hi sgriffen, that's funny, I purchased polished and was thinking I wanted it honed originally and my fabricator said ti would be several hundred dollars. I don't know too much about honed, but I had a honed sample and a polished sample, and the polished held up like a champ. I think I remember the honed had a slight discoloration or mark from the oil that I had tested, but I really can't remember too much about the honed sample. I would ask for a sample of each (and make sure they put a sealant or whatever they will do once they're installed on each side of the sample so you get a true test!!!). I've had my polished countertops since June, and they are bulletproof and gorgeous. I put hot pots on them, cooking oil, cherry juice, etc. Of course I clean spills up right away, but so far no scratching or etching or staining. I absolutely love them. Hope that helps!

    Bookmark   November 21, 2014 at 7:37PM
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dorriegagnon

VADawg- love your kitchen. I'm getting Mont Blanc- I think!>? I haven't ever had so much trouble finding a stone in my entire life! I need 3/4 slabs and the $$$$ is a huge factor.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2015 at 10:25PM
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VADawg

Thank you! I think we had 3 slabs and it was a lot of money. But it makes our kitchen, I think. Totally worth it in my opinion. Good luck!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2015 at 10:42PM
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lstryer

I am seriously considering quartzite for my counters and peninsula. What is the cost per square ft for material and cost to install? Is granite and quartz any less?

    Bookmark   January 23, 2015 at 1:36AM
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Trebruchet

"My fabricator told me it would be $1000/slab to polish it! "

sgriffen:

I recently refinished an engineered marble which only needed the last two steps of a 4 step system followed by polishing powder, so three steps in all. I could do about 7SF an hour. To go from honed to polished you may get 2SF per hour. That's about 20 hours per slab, so you're getting quite a deal.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2015 at 9:15AM
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