I just finished waxing out and buffing down the PaperStone counters in the house. PaperStone for those of you that aren’t familiar with it, is the same stuff that lab counters are made of.
Our PaperStone counters truly are beautiful the heavy-duty solid surface known for its performance has a deep black luster when it has been waxed out, its warm to the touch, and it has a contemporary appearance. More importantly its environmental sustainable. It is made from post-consumer recycled paper and a proprietary, petroleum-free resin. It is the only solid surface material certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, Smartwood and the Rainforest Alliance. According to the USGBC ( US Green Building Council ), specifying the use of PaperStone can earn you up to five LEED points.
PaperStone isn’t just an attractive counter material that is produced in a socially responsible manner, This stuff is also strong and tough. the counters have a steel-like strength in span. The look has a stone-like beauty and it can be worked like fine hardwoods. Our counters have a fine bevel edge that finished the lip around all of the exposed adges. I have to say that I have seen PaperStone counters worked in some amazing ways though, where the edges have been routed into amazing shapes and finishes.
About every 90 days you are supposed to treat the surface with PaperStone Finish, a natural substance that is applied with clean dry cloths after the wax like material has been softened in warm water. The PaperStone Finish is rubbed on in a thin layer, working the surface in a circular motion. Once the entire surface is covered you let it stand for 20 minutes and then buff it out with a clean dry cloth. I have to say, that I am really thinking about putting a buffing attachment on my drill and using it. I have a ton of counter space and rubbing it down by hand is not only time consuming, it’s hard too. The only issue I have is that after treating the surface, you are not supposed to use the counter for 12 hours. This allows the PaperStone Finish to harden up and the luster to deepen as the material continues to soak into the surface.
The Paperstone finish is heat resistant, but unlike surfaces like Silestone, it will mark if an extremely hot object is left sitting on it. The surface can be sanded and re-treated though. Another issue that I have found is, that like a wood surface, it moisture gets under an object that is sitting on the surface, and it is left for an extended period of time, it will leave a lightened mark on the counter. This is easily removed though by hitting the counters with a new treatment of PaperStone Finish.