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plumbers putty & granite--Help!!

Posted by carolj_1979 (My Page) on
Sun, May 2, 10 at 16:40

My DH used plumbers putty to install the two-handled chrome faucet set on top of our new granite countertop. This was the recommended product to use by the faucet company, Moen. Well, you know where this is going...the putty has made a circle stain around the fixtures. He has pulled the faucet set out. My granite has been sealed with a 15 year seal by the place where we bought the vanity and countertop. My questions are:
1. is there any way to remove the stain? I already tried a 50/50 solution of water and alcohol. This did not do anything.
2. will this area of the countertop need to be resealed?
Thank you very much for any help!

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RE: plumbers putty & granite--Help!!

"1. is there any way to remove the stain?"

You can try a poultice with paint thinner, but it is going to take longer than material was in contact to draw it out.
The oil in plumbers putty is not soluble in water, and alcohol will not make much of a dent in it either.

What type of granite?

Not all need any sealer, though lots of places slather it on.

RE: plumbers putty & granite--Help!!

The granite is Kashmire white.
I have read to use a poultice mixture and diatomaceous earth to remove it and that the poultice mixture should have acetone in it.
Also read to try Aquamix carried at Home Depot which is an oil poultice.
Another suggestion was odorless mineral spirits. Any of these three make sense to anyone?
My husband doesn't want to wait days to "fix" this problem!

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