Soapstone - Repair or Replace?
I am more confused about my soapstone counters than ever. At this point, I can say I made a mistake by not putting marble everywhere since it has been much easier to deal with. I am waiting on a quote to do exactly this - replace all of my soapstone with marble. Such a waste of money, but my soapstone is driving me crazy.
This morning, I spoke with a stone care guy in my area who came recommeded by several companies who sell soapstone. He thinks there is too much wax build up on my counters (probably - I didn't purposely used too much the first time I waxed, but had no choice as it was nearly impossible to wax and therefore ended up using way more than I ever anticipated). His recommendation was to chemically strip the counters to remove the wax and then seal them with something called Ager (or agar?) I have never heard of soapstone being sealed. Maybe I missed that in all of my research? I questioned him about the finish being too polished up, and we discussed sandpaper grit, but he said neither factored in. In fact, he said he recommends a final sanding of 6000 grit sandpaper??? He says the wax is the culprit - not the wax itself but how much build up there is. I don't doubt for a second that the wax is playing a part in my watermarks and numerous scratches, but wouldn't an improper finish really be the main culprit? With the Ager (sp?), he says I could get etching. So far, I have not had any etching - I thought soapstone was impervious to etching anyway. I don't know why I would trade one problem (water) for another (etching). I like my counters dark and don't mind waxing/oiling, not sure if sealing to keep dark is what I have in mind.
So, now I don't know what to do. Do I have my counters stripped and sealed? Do I find someone else to take a look? Do I rip them out and put marble down? I am so frustrated because I absolutely LOVE the way soapstone looks (well, minus all the water marks and tiny scratches everywhere). I know some of you are very knowledgable about soapstone, and I appreciate you weighing in. I'm lost.
Thanks in advance!