Filling Corian holes?
July 14, 2005 9:17 PM   Subscribe

Can you fill holes in Corian?

I got a great deal on a Corian vanity top. Sadly, it's pre-drilled for the fixture. My plan was to have a wall mounted fixture, so the deck wouldn't have any hard to clean areas.

Is it possible to fill these holes in? I have some Corian scraps, I suppose I could cover all three holes with one piece, but that might look goofy. The effect I'm looking for is to make the top look as if it had never been drilled.
posted by Marky to Home & Garden (7 answers total)
Corian is a proprietary product to be installed by factory trained, certified installers. Given its comparatively high price, it is not a diy project.
You can try a Corian dealer for help, but you will probably find it easier to change your wall-mounted fixture plan than to tailor Corian.
Another option would be a plug for the predrilled hole. Or one of those soap/lotion dispenser bottles.
posted by Cranberry at 9:57 PM on July 14, 2005

oops, 3 holes. Three soap bottles is a bit much.
posted by Cranberry at 9:58 PM on July 14, 2005

Well, it might not look great, but you'll be able to find fixture plugs in chrome or nickel or whatever the finish of your hardware to match, and those should fit fine. Any good plumbing supply shop should be able to help you with that.
posted by luriete at 10:58 PM on July 14, 2005

Make sawdust from scrap pieces and mix with clear epoxy or find the proprietary glue that the contractors use, and use it to fill the holes then sand it smooth.
posted by hortense at 11:00 PM on July 14, 2005

I use Corian to build guitar nuts and saddles at work all the time. What hortense says is my method for correcting mistakes.
posted by sourwookie at 6:46 AM on July 15, 2005

Corian is said to be easy to work and it machines well, but they spend a lot of effort limiting installation to factory trained techs only. This means that adhesives, etc. might be hard to track down.

You could make plugs from the scrap and glue them in with the adhesive/dust mix that hortense mentions. I don't know what adhesive would be best, but a type of epoxy is probably a good bet. I'd install slightly proud, and carefully sand and polish with increasingly finer grits.

I do know that the pros can do a very good job with the seams. If you look at a well-done install it's hard to find the seams.
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 6:54 AM on July 15, 2005

With corian a pro can fill the seams and "melt'" it back together were it is virtually impossible to tell the difference between original and filler. I've seen the samples in kitchen/bath remodel shops. That is one of the selling points of Corian and also how they make it seamless as a countertop.
posted by Wallzatcha at 12:57 PM on July 15, 2005

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