The simple answer to this question would be yes, it is possible to dye marble countertops, but the seemingly more difficult question to be answered would be, is it worth it? Although it can be done, the task can be quite difficult and require plenty of practice before obtaining the most ideal results. Most marble installers are willing to leave behind cutout pieces such as the sink drain hole, or their dealers may be willing to part with smaller remnants so that you are able to fine-tune your dyeing skills before applying them to your actual countertops. If you are willing to take on the extensive project, here are some tips to point you in the right dye-rection.
Finding the Right Dye
Certain marble dyes are sold by retailers, just remember marble is a natural surface, so picking a color closer to the original will assure you the best result. You can also use wood stain to cover imperfections or darken your current tops.
Clean the Surface Area
Clean and prep your countertops of dirt and build up with vinegar or lemon juice. You can use a scraper gently when necessary, keeping in mind to not scratch or damage your surfaces.
Prepare the Dye
Depending on the dye or stain you will be using you will possibly have to mix it with wax, alcohol, lacquer or dilute it with other spirits so that it is properly prepared for the job. The best way to know if the dye or stain needs to be mixed is to read its directions label thoroughly.
Heat the Marble/Tile
Heating the surface opens up the pores in the material and better allows it to absorb the dye. This is best done with a heat gun covering smaller sections to sustain the heat while applying the dye.
Applying the Dye/Stain
Using a brush or sponge, apply the product evenly across the surface to produce a uniformed appearance and result. Allow the dye to dry before applying more coats as needed for the desired result.
Once you have produced the desired appearance you’ve been looking for, you will want to protect it with a marble or natural stone sealer. You can find these online at your local dealers and simply follow the directions to preserve your hard work.
If you are looking for a more polished and vibrant appearance that really pops, you can buff your tops with a car or counter wax that will bring out a shinier, more glossy finish.
Make sure to remember when cleaning your new surfaces that they are natural stone and should be treated as such. Use only cleaners approved for natural stone and materials that will not scratch or deface your beautiful new countertops.
This DIY task may be very difficult, but it is not completely impossible. It can produce a dramatic effect to completely renew an area of your home at little cost. If you are willing to take on the challenge, the results could be rewarding and satisfactory.