FWIW- my white fantasy (aka super white) definitely etches

Mom23EsNovember 21, 2012

I'm not surprised at this point. Not after reading beekeeperswife's experience. I'm annoyed since the place from which we bought the "granite" assured me it wouldn't etch. I've noticed that one piece in particular is etching much more so than the rest of the countertops- I'm wondering if it didn't get sealed as well. My builder told me to add the kitchen countertops to our 60 day punch list, but I'm pretty sure this is just the way it is. Oh well.

I'm not bothered as much as I would have imagined. My kitchen is such a busy place that it's rarely spotless enough to notice etches. Plus there is so much sunlight, shadows, and reflective light that it's hard to tell. I tried to get a pic to share with you all, but it's impossible.

I worry a bit about how bad it will get as time passes. I can't even tell you how many etches there are already- at least 10-15 small spots. There is so much ketchup, juice, and wine consumed and spilled in my kitchen! Lol. I just hope the counters hold up over time.

My countertops are still beautiful, and I still smile when I see them. They make me very happy. The durability and maintenance just isn't quite what I was expecting. I'm posting mainly for others who might be googling. It's certainly not fragile like marble but it's a far cry from the other granites we have elsewhere in our house.

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may_flowers

You have a good attitude. I chose a light-colored quartz for the durability and am grateful for it now that I'm in the thick of preparing for Thanksgiving. When it gets fast and furious in the kitchen, the last thing I want to do is baby my countertops.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 8:01AM
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tl1969

Thank you so much for posting, I am about to pull the trigger on countertops and found a Super White Extra that I am in love with and plan to use. I am seriously considering combining it with brushed soapstone, as the veining is so similar, just one is white and the other dark gray. Your post is helping me to figure out if I should put the Super White Extra on the perimeter countertops, and the backsplash of the cooktop, and use the soapstone on the island (where I hope most of the prep to take place.) Would you advise not using the Super White at the bar and butlers pantry and do the soapstone there, too?

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 8:09AM
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Mom23Es

Tl1969- I'm definitely not a stone guru. I don't know much about the durability and wear of soapstone. I will say that I'm so relieved that we have brown pearl granite in our wetbar. At least we have a "safe" area for wine and lemon/limes. We weren't thinking about that when we picked out our granites. The brown pearl is essentially black so it's a good contrast to the white/gray. Our wetbar is around the corner from our kitchen so I wanted it to be a bit different.

Good luck making a decision. I know how hard it is! I definitely love my countertops, etches and all. I guess it depends a lot on your personality. My only real annoyance is just that i had different expectations for white fantasy since I had been assured by the fabricator that it wouldn't etch. They obviously weren't very familiar with the stone. I was also warned that polished chrome faucets and cup pulls might bother me because of water spots and finger prints, but I think it's beautiful and sparkly. I guess I just expect some things to look a certain way and don't fuss about it. I keep things clean but definitely not polished. My kitchen gets a workout daily.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 12:33AM
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beekeeperswife

My only advice is coasters for glasses. Have lots of trays, cutting boards and towels around for when you are prepping so you have a place to put cans down. This will eliminate the perfect circle etches (that drive me crazy), the rest...well, they just sort of blend in with the gray. And only the TKO eye can see them.

Bee

    Bookmark   November 23, 2012 at 11:13AM
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