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I just had a soapstone counter installed and they sealed it before they left. From what I've read, soapstone is oiled or waxed, not sealed. Does the sealer need to be removed if I want to use mineral oil to get an even patina?

  • Our soapstone counter top has no sealer and my wife says the installing company did not offer that as an alternative. We use mineral oil when we feel like it which is not often. Personally I would leave the sealer alone and see how it wears unless you find out that it is significantly easier to remove now rather than later. – Jim Stewart Sep 16 '18 at 23:18
  • We have soapstone and oil it fairly regularly (after a couple of years there's enough of a buildup that you don't need to add much). I wouldn't expect a sealer to actually adhere to soapstone. Try wiping it off and then oiling, or leave it for a while and if it becomes a problem, scrub it off and then oil. – Shimon Rura Sep 17 '18 at 2:36
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A sealer might have been used because there are several types on the market. However, the sealer will dry in a few days. If you want to be sure of what you have just start all over by removing the finish. Most manufacturers recommend using #80 grit sandpaper to finish soapstone. I would use a random-orbit sander. You don't want to use an aluminum oxide sanding disc because it will not cut into the soapstone very well. I use the DuraDisc on hard surfaces because they work really well and last a very long time. You can finish the counter top with a 120 grit paper by hand in order to get closer to the faucet and other tight areas you might have. A lot of people use mineral wax to finish a soapstone counter top. I use Van's Beeswax instead. It seems to last a little longer and the sheen is not a wet glossy look.

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