How to repair broken soapstone?

Deb8113079
by Deb8113079
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I dropped something on the lip of my bathroom soapstone counter. I kept the pieces of the broken counter in hopes of a near perfect repair....anyone have some advice for me please?
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  • Robert Fineman Robert Fineman on Aug 07, 2016
    Not speaking from experience, but I would suggest using a super glue gel (for porous surfaces) and carefully piece the broken parts back into place. Wear nitrile gloves to avoid dealing with glue on your skin. Allow excess adhesive to ooze out of the seam. DO NOT attempt to wipe off the excess wet glue. You will just smear it around and make a bigger mess. Allow the glue to cure, then use a single edge razor like from a paint scraper to neatly slice off the hardened glue flush with the surface of the soapstone. A quick setting (5 minute) clear epoxy might be a good option as well. You may want to mask out adjoining areas to prevent excess glue from going places you would rather it not. You might want to have some straight up acetone on hand for clean up. Good luck!

    • Deb8113079 Deb8113079 on Aug 07, 2016
      Thank you Robert! I appreciate the very detailed answer...I'm scared to try to repair it for fear of it looking worse after repairing it. I think I feel a little better with your advice.

  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Aug 07, 2016
    Any super heavy duty cement type glue will work.I have carvings in soapstone that are always coming apart!

  • Jackie Hendricks Jackie Hendricks on Aug 08, 2016
    My husband the handy maintenance, fixit guy is swearing by Gorilla glue. Says it sticks to most anything. Must play with it at first because it expands. But after drying, any residual could be scraped off with a razor blade.

  • Leslie Leslie on Aug 11, 2016
    Soapstone is also smooth and depending on its color and how much chipping there is from the break, you can fill in the depressions with waterproof paintable caulking and just stipple paint those areas. This should be an easy fix just have confidence that you can do it and it will come out great. Just remember when you use the caulking it will be like using grout you will need to have a damp sponge on hand to wipe up the excess. Go slowly and read your instructions. Good Luck.