- Q.What’s the best way
to restore the shine on an older solid-surface sink
that looks dull?
A.Tony Pelcher, a
solid-surface fabricator, responds: Examine
the sink closely to see whether it is scratched or
merely dull. A sink that is dull but not scratched
can be restored with Soft Scrub (a mildly abrasive
kitchen cleaner available in grocery stores) and a
Scotch-Brite pad from 3M.
If you can feel any scratches with your
fingernail, the first step is to sand out the
scratches with wet-and-dry sandpaper, available at
any auto parts store. It shouldn’t be
necessary to use anything coarser than 320-grit.
Keep the sink wet while you’re sanding.
After sanding out the scratches, finish with
400-grit wet-and-dry sandpaper, followed by a
Scotch-Brite pad with Soft Scrub. In most cases,
restoring a sink should take less than 30
In general, dark colors are more likely to show
scratches than lighter colors. If the sink is dark,
allow it to dry after polishing to see if any
scratches remain. If necessary, repeat the process
until you achieve the desired results.