Can I salvage this bathroom vanity top?


I’m not sure what to do to “fix” the top. It has some rust spots and gouges in it. I’m using it in a guest bathroom so I’d like it to look at least ok. Any ideas appreciated!

can i salvage this bathroom vanity top
can i salvage this bathroom vanity top
can i salvage this bathroom vanity top
can i salvage this bathroom vanity top
can i salvage this bathroom vanity top
can i salvage this bathroom vanity top
can i salvage this bathroom vanity top
  10 answers
  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jun 15, 2022

    The scratches are likely caused from the removal of the backsplash that was likely glued on to the countertop. The 'rust' marks appear to me more like scorch marks. They may have been caused from trying to remove the glue with a heat gun.

    What cleaners have you tried already?

    Did you purchase the counter top and base at a thrift store? If so, I am assuming that you did not pay a great deal for the unit as it was sold 'as is'.

    Trying to restore it to brand new condition may cost more than the unit is worth. As the cosmetic mars do not affect the vanity's functionality, and if it is going to be used only occasionally, then leaving it as is may be an option.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 15, 2022

    To tackle these 2 problems, I would concentrate on the rust stain first, a suggestion would be to visit a natural stone store and ask what they would recommend to remove rust stains, secondly if no luck there try Home Depot of Lowes for rust removal products.

    For the scratches:

    Flipturn raises some good points, it might turn out to be labor intensive and costly, you might consider addressing the scratches and refinish the entire top.

  • Make a paste out of baking soda and water to put on the rust stains. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit.

    Here's a link on removing scratches from marble:

  • William William on Jun 15, 2022

    Marble is basically compressed limestone. Any acidic cleaners will etch, dull and stain the surface, including vinegar, citrus cleaners, lime/calcium cleaners, and bleach.

    Simply mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide into a runny paste and scrub with a toothbrush. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and then rinse it off.

    If you are trying to remove an old stain, create a dense paste of more baking soda and less water. Then place the paste over the stain, allowing it to function for a few minutes. After that wipe off the baking soda paste. If it is needed you can repeat the procedure until the stain vanishes.

    If the stain is persistent and is still there you can try removing it with ammonia solution. Make the area of the stain damp with 10% ammonia, diluted in water. Ammonia is knows as a base solution, so it is suitable for removing stains from marble.

    The final stage of the stain removal us rinsing. Rinse the solution from your marble well to eliminate any residue, left from the cleaning ingredients on it.

    I advise to use gloves when removing the stain with ammonia. They will protect your hands. Ventilate the room, in which you use ammonia for removing stains, because it is toxic.

  • William William on Jun 15, 2022

    This is for repairing granite but should work on marble.

    You will need nail polish remover to clean the granite surface, straight razor blades, thick super glue (gel), and if you have a darker Granite Countertop you might want to have dark Sharpie marker. Start cleaning your chipped area with nail polish remover. Let the Granite air dry. Tape off the area surrounding the chip and apply just enough glue to fill the chip and rise just slightly above the surface of the stone. Filling the glue up to within flush of the surface of the tape should be sufficient. Once the super glue has completely dried and the tape removed, use a straight razor blade to remove the excess Super glue by “fanning” the excess material away. Wait and allow the glue to cure before cutting with the razor. The time it takes for the glue to cure depends on how deep the chip was, the humidity in the home, etc.(This next step only applies if you have darker Granite) Once desired results are achieved, you may wish to use a colored permanent marker such as a black Sharpie to color the super glue. A Sharpie is permanent and dries quickly. For lighter colored stones, this may not be necessary.

  • Dee Dee on Jun 15, 2022

    Bar Keepers friend works on all kinds of tools and is excellent for removing rust. William gave you an excellent fix for granite, but I would use Acetone from the hardware store not nail polish remover which is watered down.

    The other thing you can do is get a Giani counter paint and refinish that way.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 15, 2022

    Step 1: Mix Warm Water and Mild Dish Soap

    Start by mixing warm water with mild dish soap. This will be applied to the site of the scratch.

    Step 2: Rub the Area with a Damp Cloth

    Wet a soft cloth in the water and dish soap mixture. Then, wring the cloth out so it is just damp, rather than soaked. Gently rub the area of the scratch with the damp cloth

    Step 3: Rinse the Surface

    After this, rinse the surface of your marble with a different damp soft cloth that was dipped in just warm water.

    Step 4: Buff the Surface

    Use a dry soft cloth to buff the surface. Buffing should be done in a circular motion.

    Step 5: Polish

    Lastly, you can polish the marble using products.

  • Janice Janice on Jun 15, 2022

    I would ssecond the advice provided by William....hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste to get rid of the rust stains. Talk with a company who deals in the type of stone you have regarding the other damage. They may be able to hone it to make it smooth and presentable. However, as another one said, it may cost more to have this done than the vanity itself is worth.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 15, 2022

    Try CLR to remove the rust spots. As for the damage, you might be able to hand paint and seal to minimize their appearance.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 15, 2022

    Hey Kim: If your counter is real marble:

    Baking soda and water are known as a staining cure-all because the baking soda will lift and remove most stains. Mix water into the baking soda until it is textured like sandy toothpaste. Apply it directly to the stain and then wait. Do not scrub it. Then, wash it with mild soap and water and dry.

    For the chips, check this site:

    You can get the chip repair kits here:

    Good luck