Working with Paperstone Countertops

Paperstone countertops are a new kind of home renovation product in the eco-friendly revolution. As more suppliers realize the benefits of creating building supplies that conform to environmentally friendly standards, these products have begun to decrease in price while increasing in popularity.

Paperstone countertops are the most durable, eco-friendly, and cost effective countertops in the world – and they’re user friendly too. Made from 100% post-consumer recycled waste paper, these countertops come in a multitude of shades and textures, brought to life by a water-based and petroleum free resin. THose are the only two components used to manufacture it.

Another thing to note is that paperstone countertops have a 350-degree heat resistance! You don’t need to protect the counter near your stove – and the surface is a food safe environment.

Cutting the Paperstone

When working with paperstone countertop materials, you’ll find that it functions in a similar manner to hardwood. You can use the same woodworking materials on paperstone as you would with other solid products, and as a result, you should wear the same protective gear.

When cutting paperstone, always do so when it is dry. If excess heat seems to be coming from the material, slow the speed of the blade, or increase the feed rate. The best results will come from using a triple chip carbide-tipped blade, along with carbide-tipped router bits – and be sure to place the paperstone on a surface where it’s fully supported before cutting. Otherwise, the blade could bind as the counter slab shifts during the cut.

Paperstone Seaming

Note that seams in paperstone will likely show, and this should be taken into consideration around sinks and wet surfaces. On a level surface, set out uniform spacer bars and lay down your pieces of paperstone on top.

Ensure that there’s a gap between each section which is just a bit thinner than the size of a straight-edge router bit, and attach a straightedge securely to this piece. Use this as a fence where you can run the router through, allowing the bit to shave off a very thin section of both edges at the same time, creating a mirror cut or joint. Now your edges match exactly.

To strengthen and align the joint, you can use a biscuit joiner to cut slots for wood biscuits – or you might rout the proper holds for tight-joint fasteners, if you want to go that direction. Glue the joint together with a slow-dry two-part epoxy glue or CA5 adhesive.

You can then tint this to blend in by using some sanding dust from the prior step. When the joint has cured, sand the area lightly to help the seam blend in. If you’re not terribly concerned about this, you could use a clear caulk or one in a similar color to seal the joints instead.

Paperstone Finishing

Although paperstone countertops are shipped with a natural finish on both sides, like any countertop, slight scratches can happen during shipping and handling. These can easily be dealt with in the same way you’d fix them on another countertop, but sanding should be minimal – simply because paperstone’s composition is bonded paper sheets, and excessive sanding could wear through the top layer.

A satin finishing sheen provides the countertops with that extra brightness, and is easily maintained. To prepare the surface, use a light fiber abrasive pad and buff the surface for a uniform sheen. Wipe the counter off, and apply the finish.